Miranda Lambert’s childhood was anything but conventional. Raised by private investigator parents in Lindale, Texas, she became enthralled with country music after attending a Garth Brooks concert as a child. After recording a few demos in Nashville as a teenager, Lambert was inspired to learn to play guitar; her father taught her the instrument so she could accompany herself. The budding songstress graduated from high school early in order to pursue her music career, releasing a self-titled independent album in 2001 and coming in third on ‘Nashville Star’ in 2003. Lambert released her major-label debut, ‘Kerosene,’ in 2005 and met her future husband, Blake Shelton, one year later, when they sang together for CMT’s ’100 Greatest Duets Concert.’ The couple wed in 2011. In addition to her country career, Lambert is a budding entrepreneur — she owns a boutique, a bed and breakfast and a winery — and head of her animal-centric non-profit, the MuttNation Foundation.