OFFSTAGE: Could Miranda Lambert Be Another Martina McBride?

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Forget about the fact that she sings about lighting beds on fire and loading her shotgun while she lights a cigarette. When I hear Miranda Lambert on feisty tunes like those, all I think of is what a powerful role model she is for women who really are in those abusive relationships. Just like I feel when I hear Martina McBride’s “A Broken Wing” and “Independence Day.” (And Loretta Lynn’s “Fist City,” for that matter.) “I think I have a really strong female fan base because I sing about empowerment of women,” Lambert told Cowboys & Indians magazine . “Not in an against-men kind of way, but just about being strong in who you are as a woman.” She also says that while her mom taught her confidence growing up, not every girl’s mom does that. “And so I try to have that message, for young girls especially,” she said. “And for women who maybe have been abused in some way and didn’t have the guts to leave … maybe they’ll get the message that they can do it, and that they are worth something.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.