Miranda Lambert has won CMA female vocalist of the year for the past six years in a row, so you can bet she’s front-and-center for the new all-star collaboration, “Forever Country,” recorded in celebration of the upcoming 50th Annual CMA Awards.
Miranda sings a little duet with Luke Bryan of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads” toward the beginning of the track, which also features Carrie Underwood, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Martina McBride and just about every other country superstar you can imagine. Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” are the other two songs included in the “Forever Country” medley.
This unprecedented collaboration seemed nearly impossible to pull off when Miranda first heard about it. She says, “It was hard to wrap my mind around. You know, it’s like, ‘How many people are on three songs? How long is it?’ It’s not very long to fit a lot of things in.”
Once Miranda heard her friend and “Vice” co-writer Shane McAnally was putting the song together, she knew it would turn out wonderfully.
Says Miranda, “He’s a friend, and he’s very talented and everything he touches is gold. So, I was like, ‘I’m sure it’s gonna be amazing.’ It is. It’s very cool. Even just singing in the studio reading line by line and going down — it was actually one of the easiest vocals I’ve done. It was a couple lines, and I was done for the day.”
After more than a decade the country music business, Miranda has become friends and performed with just about every other artist participating in “Forever Country.” You’ll recall she scored a hit with Keith Urban on “We Were Us” and teamed up with Carrie Underwood for “Somethin’ Bad.” Miranda toured with George Strait and Dierks Bentley. Little Big Town sang with her on the song “Smokin’ and Drinkin'” on the CMA Awards a few years back, and Reba McEntire even sang at Miranda’s wedding reception back in 2011.
Miranda says, “I think country music has always been described as a family. Now having been in it for 12 years, I 100 percent agree. It’s very about the community and friends and relationships you make over the years. It’s really cool that almost everybody that’s part of the project has had a duet together or performed together or toured together or something as a combo. I think it’s really cool and seems very specific and special to country music.”
Here’s hoping all the stars of “Forever Country” get together to perform the song on the 50th Annual CMA Awards airing Wednesday, Nov. 2 on ABC.