Miranda Lambert was the firstborn child to her parents Beverly and Rick Lambert, and as Bev says in Paramont+’s documentary about rock star moms, From Cradle To Stage, if she didn’t get pregnant with Miranda, she and her husband would have gotten divorced.
As the story goes, the Lamberts met when Bev was just 15 years old and Rick, by his own admission, “was a pretty wild guy.” He was a guitarist and undercover cop.
Bev recalls, “He had long hair, had a pink jacket on. I was like, ‘Don Johnson done entered into my life — this is the best day ever!'”
After a whirlwind romance, the Lamberts were married for four years when things began falling apart. Bev was managing a country club and hanging around with upper-class people, “and I got weird and stupid, and he’s like, ‘I’m out. I don’t want to be with you,'” she recalls Rick telling her.
Bev then moved back in with her mother as she says, “completely lost my mind.” But before she and Rick divorced, she found religion and “straightened out.”
Still, the Lamberts moved forward with their divorce plans. The divorce was set to be finalized on Valentine’s Day 1983, but when Rick came to Dallas for the proceedings, he ended up staying with Bev… and he had a change of heart. About four months later, she was pregnant with Miranda, who was born on November 10, 1983.
Bev adds, “So, that’s how Miranda saved my marriage. We would have probably never seen each other again.”
From Cradle to Stage examines the relationships between several musicians and their mothers, through interviews and archival footage. In addition to Miranda and her mother, the series also includes episodes featuring Brandi Carlile and her mom Teresa, Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds and his mother Christene Reynolds, and hip-hop and R&B artist and producer Pharrell and Dr. Carolyn Williams.