It's no secret that men are on top at country radio. And with all of those male artists being played -- and played and played -- there isn't a lot of room for female artists. But there is room for Miranda Lambert, and she's thrilled she's one of the women getting played on the radio.
"Blake (Shelton) was reading me some stats the other day. When you don't count groups (and) you just count solo female acts, it's a little bit jarring to look at," Lambert told Billboard magazine. "I have to say, I'm damn glad to have my spot here. I'm happy as a little lark."
So what's the little lark's secret? Hard work, more hard work and patience. And, ultimately, gratitude.
"I have worked hard to make relationships with radio and with my fans. It took a long time to get where I am, and I'm thankful that people are responding," she said.
But Lambert did admit she doesn't quite understand why more women don't get their songs played.
"I champion the females. I'm a huge fan of female artists and strong females, in general. I'm proud of them, and I'm so thankful I've been able to follow in the footsteps of the ones before me, and I'm holding the door open for the ones that want to follow behind me," she added. "This is just one of those waves where females are struggling a little bit, but we'll come back around and be a force to be reckoned with."
I'm sure Carrie Underwood will be happy to help her hold that door open.