20 Years Ago Today: Miranda Lambert Signs First Record Deal

Miranda Lambert, a former reality TV show contestant, signed her first record deal in 2003 after appearing on Nashville Star. She made a strong impression with her performances and knew exactly what she wanted from the deal. Lambert insisted on wearing jeans instead of frilly dresses, choosing her own songs, and playing guitar on all tracks. Her debut album, Kerosene, represented a departure from mainstream country music and reached No. 1 on the charts. Lambert's success continued, solidifying her as one of country music's best-selling and most-awarded female artists.