LISTEN: Miranda Lambert And Leon Bridges Deliver Unforgettable Collaboration With ‘If You Were Mine’

The Texas natives are turning heads with this new ballad.

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Lauren Jo Black

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June 6, 2023

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Leon Bridges and Miranda Lambert; Photo by Reid Long

Miranda Lambert shared the first taste of her highly anticipated new music with the release of “If You Were Mine,” featuring fellow Texas native, Leon Bridges. 

Released via Lambert’s own Vanner Records with distribution by IMPERIAL, the song combines Lambert’s signature country vocals with Bridges’ beloved R&B style, making for a must-hear genre-bending collab. 

The was written by Lambert with Ashley Monroe and Jesse Frasure with Bridges in mind as a collaborator.  

If You Were Mine Single Art
If You Were Mine Single Art

“I have been a big fan of Leon for a while because he is very authentic as an artist and I love his music,” Lambert explained in a statement. “Since we are both from Texas, we threw in a few Texas references, of course – the Frio River being one. When we finished this song, we sent it to Leon in hopes that he would want to collaborate and we were so glad that he said yes. I have really enjoyed getting to know him and I’m happy to have him as a new friend.”

“I was humbled to have Miranda ask if I’d join her on this beautiful duet she wrote,” added Bridges. “Getting in the studio with her in Nashville to sing this song together was magic. There’s nothing better than two Texans on one mic!”

The tender lyrics play out like a promise to a lover as Lambert and Bridges croon over the possibility of what could be.  

“I’d make sure your stars are shining/ Sure as the Frio’s winding/ I’d bottle you up like lightning/ I’d rope the moon for you/ A million times/ That’s what I’d do/ If you were mine,” they sing. 

The GRAMMY-winning artists captured their magical time in the studio together in a studio video, which was released alongside the song’s debut. 

YouTube video

Lambert said the pair bonded over Tex Mex, BBQ, and tequila while they were recording the song and explained that if Bridges had decided not to record the song, she “wouldn’t have release it.”  

“If You Were Mine” follows the release of Lambert’s latest album, Palomino, which dropped in April of 2022 and spawned hits like “Actin’ Up,” “Strange,” and “If I Was A Cowboy.” 

It’s her first release as a “free agent” following her departure from her longtime label home, Sony Music Nashville. The ACM Triple Crown winner announced she was parting ways with the label in March.  

“Since I was 19-years-old, Sony has been my home in Nashville,” she shared on social media at the time. “Over the last 20 years together we have released albums that allowed me to share my story with the world, and we’ve reached heights I’d never even dreamed were possible.” 

Lambert went on to share her gratitude for the team at Sony that has helped her continue to pursue her dreams since she first signed at 19 years old. 

“I’m so thankful for our time together and everything they made possible for me, yet I wouldn’t be true to myself if I wasn’t constantly looking for the next challenge and a new way to stretch my creativity,” she continued. “With that in mind, I’ve decided to say goodbye to my Sony family. I can’t wait to see what the next adventure holds.”

Miranda Lambert; Photo by Robert Ascroft
Miranda Lambert; Photo by Robert Ascroft

During her time at Sony, Miranda Lambert rose to the top of the game and earned seven No. 1 solo albums, 10 No. 1 hit radio singles, and more than 70 prestigious awards. She is a three-time GRAMMY winner and is the most-awarded artist in the history of the Academy of Country Music with a total of 37 career ACM Awards. 

Lambert is also a 14-time CMA Awards winner.

This week, Miranda Lambert will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of CMA Fest with a performance at Nissan Stadium. She’s slated to take the stage on Friday, June 9 alongside Tanya Tucker, Lainey Wilson, Cody Johnson, Keith Urban, and HARDY. 

For a complete list of Lambert’s upcoming tour dates, click HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black

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Lauren Jo Black

Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.