Miranda Lambert: ‘I’ve Never Been Free Before’
Miranda Lambert hosted a media day in Nashville on Tuesday (4/18) and talked about leaving the Sony Music record label for the first time. She told American Songwriter, “I’ve never been free before. I love Sony. I had some great times there. My whole life’s work is there – literally my entire catalog.”
Lambert added, “There’s some bitter, and there’s some sweet to it. But I also know that the landscape of the music industry is so different than when I signed at 19 years old, and I’m excited to learn about it. I’m excited to figure out what that looks like.”
Miranda told her collaborators, “We need to block off some dates. I want to go write songs, and now I don’t even have a deadline or anybody to answer to or wonder if it’s for radio or if it’s not or what it is. I’ve worked on some cool collabs I’ve got up my sleeve. I’m just letting the music lead.”
She compared what she is doing now to 2020 when she wrote her ACM Album of the Year nominated Palomino album; Lambert offered, “I just want to recreate a moment that we created in 2020. That was our way of finding freedom; writing these songs about travel. I feel like now I’m on my own, and I am excited to see what comes to the table and learn.”
Miranda concluded, “The industry is so different now, and there’s so many platforms, and that’s a great thing. I feel so thankful that all the music has somewhere to land. It really opens up my world as a creator, not just writing to a single.”
Lambert announced in mid-March that after 20 years, she was leaving Sony Music.
She posted a message to Instagram and a collage of the albums she released through Sony through the years. She wrote, “Since I was 19 years old, Sony has been my home in Nashville. Over the last 20 years, Together, we have released albums that allowed me to share my story with the world, and we’ve reached heights I’d never even dreamed were possible. I’m so thankful for our time together and everything they made possible for me, yet I wouldn’t be true to myself if I wasn’t constantly looking for the next challenge and a new way to stretch my creativity. With that in mind, I’ve decided to say goodbye to my Sony family.”
She concluded, “I can’t wait to see what the next adventure holds.”
See that post here.