Today we turn our focus to the reining ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, and the leading single from the 2017 ACM Album of the Year. An artist who got her start on a competition television series, finishing third.

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Born and raised in Longview, TX, Miranda Lambert made her professional debut while still in high school, as part of the "Texas Pride Band", while also fronting the house band at the Reo Palm Isle in Longview. At age 16, she would go on to perform on the Johnnie High Country Music Review, the same talent review that launched LeAnn Rimes. Through the review, she was offered a Nashville recording session, but walked out on the session because she didn't like the music they wanted her to record.

In 2000, Lambert returned to Texas after the recording session went south, learning to play guitar to improve her songwriting. She continued playing the Texas circuit, performing with artists like Jack Lambert and Kevin Fowler, while performing at Love and War In Texas, a legendary country music venue in Lindale, TX, not far from Lambert's home in Longview.

52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards at T-Mobile Arena on April 2, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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In 2003, Lambert auditioned for a new TV reality, singing competition program called Nashville Star. The show was promoted as the country music answer to American Idol, and Lambert made it past the audition to the first season. Miranda was an immediate hit, though she failed to make it to the finals, finishing third behind runner-up John Arthur Martinez and the eventual winner, Buddy Jewel. But Lambert did manage to catch the ear of Sony Record executive Tracy Gershon, who was one of the judges on the show. Gershon convinced the label to sign Lambert after the show's first season was completed.

Lambert signed with Sony's subsidiary label Epic Records in September of 2003, releasing her debut single "Me And Charlie Talking" in the summer of 2004. The single, the lead for Lambert's debut album Kerosene, peaked at #27, which many critics called a disappointment, considering the lead-up and promotion Lambert received. But Lambert went on from this original "disappointment" to produce 7 albums (including Kerosene) for Epic and Columbia Records Nashville, 6 of which have been certified platinum. Her most recent album, The Weight of These Wings, released last November, which album debuted at the top of both the Country Album and Billboard Hot 200 charts, has been certified gold. It became her sixth consecutive album to achieve the feat. The album recently was named the ACM Album of the Year, and garnered Lambert the ACM Female Vocalist of the Year award.

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Our spotlight today falls on the third single from that album. Brought to you by All American Super Car Wash, Miranda Lambert and "Tin Man" is our Catch of the Day, new music you haven't heard, but you'll want to hear it again. Listen to the Catch of the Day and then, comment, like or share, and you will be entered into a daily drawing for a $25 gift card from All-American Super Car Wash.

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