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April 12, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST
Three-time female vocalist of the year Miranda Lambert talks about karaoke, her most embarrassing moment and hubby Blake Shelton. She replied via email while touring in support of her newest album, Four the Record.
What are your go-to karaoke songs?
Right now I love singing Kelly Clarkson’s song “Stronger.” Kelly made it out to one of my shows, and we sang her new single and “Gunpowder & Lead” together. We’re both big fans of each other’s music, so talk about an awesome moment!
WHERE: Mizzou Arena
WHEN: Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
COST: $34.25 to $58.90
What can you not tour without?
My dogs Delta and Cher. Also, Randaritas — my signature drink of Bacardi, Crystal Light and Sprite Zero.
Do you have any pre-show rituals, and if so, what are they?
I just like hanging out with my band and friends who come to visit and playing with
my dogs before shows.
If you could tour with anyone, who would it be?
That’s a hard question. Touring with two of my favorite songwriters of all time, Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn, would be an amazing honor. I could see myself touring with my friends Kelly Clarkson and Brandi Carlile, too.
What’s your most embarrassing onstage moment?
I fell. It’s on YouTube somewhere, I think.
Is there any friendly competition between you and Blake when you both release new albums or when you’re nominated for awards?
I remember last year we were both on competing morning TV shows in New York on the same day, and we got into a funny Twitter match about who would have the most viewers. We support each other whole-heartedly, but we like to have fun with it, too.
What can fans expect from your On Fire tour?
Fans can expect to hear my newest single, “Over You,” but also my older hits like “Gunpowder & Lead.” My staging is all about enhancing the music and getting the crowd excited. For this tour, I knew I needed to bring along some talented, good-looking men, so I have Chris Young and Jerrod Niemann out on the road with me.
Is there anything about Columbia that stands out from the previous times you’ve been here?
The fans are always great in Missouri and sure know how to have a good time. I can’t wait to come rock out with the folks in Columbia!
What is your favorite song to perform and why?
I love to perform “Over You,” because it is an emotionally powerful song. It has taken on a lot of meaning because while it was first being released as my single, my father-in-law and one of my childhood friends passed away. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Blake and I had this song to fall back on during these difficult times. We both cried when we wrote it, and it was the most emotional songwriting experience we have ever had since it’s about the tremendous loss of his brother in a tragic car accident. We both hoped that “Over You” could help other folks through similar tough times.