To this day, “The House That Built Me” is still my favorite Miranda Lambert song.
Released on March 8, 2010 as the third single from her 2009 album Revolution, the understated “The House That Built Me” was a departure from the previous single she had released off the album, the in-your-face “White Liar.”
A tenderhearted, nostalgic look back at the home she grew up in and how it shaped her life, “The House That Built Me” is a song that relies more on the emotions in the lyrics than the power of the music. It’s a performance that earned Miranda the “Song of the Year Award” at both the CMA’s and the ACM’s, as well as the Grammy award for “Best Female Country Vocal Performance.”
It’s also a song that almost went to another artist: Blake Shelton. Miranda happened to be in the room when her then-boyfriend Blake was pitched the song. But when Blake saw Miranda’s emotional reaction to hearing the song, he insisted that she should be the one to record the song.
Talk about being in the right place at the right time.