Miranda Lambert Leaving Longtime Label Home Sony Music Nashville

Miranda Lambert is leaving her longtime label home at Sony Music Nashville, the singer-songwriter revealed in a social media post.

“Since I was 19 years old, Sony has been my home in Nashville. 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 said. “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. 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.”

A representative for Sony Music Nashville had not responded to Billboard‘s request for comment by press time. Lambert’s manager, Marion Kraft, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Lambert’s statement caught Sony executives off guard, according to sources.

During her time with Sony, since the release of her debut major label album Kerosene in 2005, Lambert has taken seven albums to the top of Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and seven songs to No. 1 on Country Airplay as a solo artist or collaboration. The reigning ACM Awards entertainer of the year (and a coveted ACM Triple Crown winner) has won 37 ACM trophies, the most of any artist.

Lambert has also won Grammys in the country album of the year category for her projects Wildcard and Platinum, while her song “The House That Built Me” won a Grammy for female country vocal performance.

Chris Eggertsen