Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves Share “Broken Heart” Connection

More of the Story Behind the Success of Lambert's Latest No. 1 Single

Miranda Lambert celebrated another No. 1 in Nashville with a kickin’ party at the Cabana restaurant earlier this week, and CMT Radio was there to get in on the action. Not only is “Mama’s Broken Heart” Lambert’s latest single to top the charts, it’s also the first No. 1 single for fellow Texan Kacey Musgraves, who co-wrote the song.

You’ve probably heard the story about Lambert hearing the song — laced with the phrase “this ain’t my mama’s broken heart” — and knowing she had to get her hands on it. But she also knew she’d have to get it from Musgraves, her longtime friend, who wrote the song with the incredible Brandy Clark and amazing Shane McAnally. (Clark and McAnally are responsible for so much musical magic and so many hits, I can’t name them all.)

At Lambert’s rehearsal dinner before tying the knot with Blake Shelton, she asked Musgraves if she could record the song. Musgraves agreed — with the condition she could provide background vocals on Lambert’s version.

But was it really that easy for Musgraves to give up such a killer song? It must have been an easier decision because she knew it was being recorded by a major country star she’s known since meeting for the first time at age 12 at the local Pizza Hut at a small town in East Texas.

Lambert grew up in Lindale, Texas, about 10 miles down the road from Musgraves. The families know each other so well, Kelly Christine Musgraves — the singer-songwriter’s sister who is a photographer and videographer based in Dallas — shot photos and video of the Lambert/Shelton rehearsal dinner.

Clearly, the leap of faith on the song worked out beautifully for everyone. When the nominees for the 2013 CMA Awards were announced this week, “Mama’s Broken Heart” scored a single of the year nomination for Lambert and a song of the year nomination for Musgraves, Clark and McAnally.

“I’m thankful to her for having faith in me to do justice to an amazing song,” Lambert said.

Samantha is a country radio insider with a deep love for the music and its stars. She can often be found on a red carpet or at a late-night guitar pull.