Miranda Talks Women, Puppies, & Equality


Talk about the inspiration behind Vice.

The inspiration is just, the truth. Being honest and owning your shit.

Does “Vice” carry a similar tone as the rest of the album?

Yeah. It definitely sets up the direction with this record. I don’t have a release date yet, but we’re mixing and we’re getting there. I’m really excited to share it with people. I’ve been working on it for a year. I’m nervous, but excited!

How has the music on this new CD evolved from Platinum?

I’ve grown as a songwriter, for sure. I moved to Nashville so I got to write a lot more and I wasn’t on the road. I just happened to be going through some hard things in my life so all of that combined let me really grow as a songwriter. I’ve always written songs and recorded songs about where I am in life. There’s no difference in this record.

How is being on tour with Kenny Chesney?

It’s great! We toured with him in 2009 and have done a couple [tours] since over the years. He’s always been so kind and so considerate. He’s the best tour to go on, ask any artist. We’ve been doing our own thing…and then gone back and forth with our tour.

Do you have any favorite moments of the show that you really look forward to each night?

I get to sing with Kenny on ‘You and Tequila.’ It’s always great. He’s just so sweet. He’s all about showcasing other artists and teaching us all he’s learned. Every time I’m out there, I’m like a sponge. I try to take something away from every show.

With so much success from Cam, Maren Morris, Maddie & Tae, do you think country music is embracing today’s female artists again?

It feels like that. It feels like there’s a little bit of a shift going on right now, which is awesome for female artists. I think that girls are starting to really deliver, and I think people are starting to catch on to that. For instance, Maren Morris. She’s definitely got a new sound and new twist. I haven’t heard anything like it in forever.

If you could duet with one artist that you haven’t yet worked with, who would it be?

I don’t ever think about it. Whenever collaborations come up, I’m like, ‘yeah, that sounds great!’ I think I’d say the Pistol Annies are still my favorite collaboration I’m a part of.

Talk about recent news or updates with MuttNation?

MuttNation is a passion of mine. We’re sort of in a phase of revamping and planning our new events for next year. We had a big presence at CMA Music Festival this year, which was awesome. I think that will probably be something we continue to do because it felt like a perfect match. It was a huge response and we adopted out like forty-eight dogs. We’re just always trying to come up with new ideas and innovative ideas for these pups.

What would you tell your LGBT fans who are struggling with acceptance and being themselves?

My mom always told me to learn who I was, then be who I was, and to stick with it and don’t change for anybody. I’ve used that so many times in my life. My dad’s lesson to me was to be a woman of character. If you have those two things, you know who you are, you’re proud of who you are, and you don’t make any apologies for just being yourself, then I think you get really far in life because you don’t live with fear. You just say, “here it is, you’re welcome.”

Nashville favorites:

  • Hang Out Spot – Winners
  • Place to Relax – My porch
  • Desserts or Sweets – Gigi’s Cupcake
  • Favorite Neighborhood – Midtown
  • Favorite Drink Spot – Patterson House

Photo courtesy of Sony Music Nashville.