When Miranda Lambert isn’t on the road, you can often find her at a hidden space in Nashville that fuels her creative energy.
She recently gave PEOPLE a glimpse into her Nashville hideaway, where she finds inspiration for her songwriting and where she keeps a collection of memorabilia and clothing from throughout her career.
Lambert’s “secret hideout” is located at the Nashville office of her management company, ShopKeeper Management. She says it’s “where I come hang and write.”
As she gives a tour of the intimate space, she explains how it’s the birthplace of her music. “This is just this really cool area that’s for creating and brainstorming and writing songs.”
Besides a bar, it also includes important memorabilia from milestones throughout her acclaimed career. Among the artifacts is a piece from when she opened the 2021 ACM Awards with Elle King – a “really cool” neon pink light-up guitar case.
Another awards show item on display is the colorful bodice that Lambert wore during her performance of “Fastest Girl In Town” at the 2012 CMA Awards. She admits that it was difficult to sing in due to its tightness, but calls the piece “one of my most favorite pieces probably ever worn.”
Designed by The Blonds, “It’s definitely one of those staple wardrobe moments I can remember in my career,” she adds.
Lambert reveals that she’s written music in that space with artists like Luke Combs.
“We have written a lot of songs here,” adding that she often uses the area to work alongside Marion Kraft, her longtime manager.
“We’ve been together for 17 years, so we can come down here and have a drink and brainstorm and make it not feel like we’re in an office building,” she explains. “It’s very zen, cozy, and just feels like a space for you to create, whatever that is whether it’s an idea or a song, and somewhere to sort of document all the work we’ve done together. There’s a lot of years under our belt, a lot of hard work, so this is kind of a place where we can celebrate that.”
Numerous platinum records and plaques decorate the walls of the room, celebrating Lambert’s extraordinary achievements, including that for her “very first No. 1 song.”
“That was a huge moment, it took three albums to get there,” she says about the success of her 2009 single “White Liar.” “That’s probably why it’s so big because we were really excited about it.”
She also has a plaque that commemorates Hell on Heels, the first album by her country group Pistol Annies, which hit the top of Billboard‘s country albums chart in 2011. “It’s been one of the most heartfelt passion projects I’ve ever been a part of,” she says about the band. “All the women in this building, we try to support each other, so that’s exactly what this plaque represents.”
Lambert also has her “wardrobe archive” on display, including items she has “worn in photoshoots, music videos, album covers, award shows, red carpets dating back to 2008.”
“It’s pretty crazy that we’ve been able to keep up with it all,” she observes. “It brings back so many memories of so many moments in my career.”
Some of the notable wardrobe pieces include the “badass” white Hervé Léger bondage dress from the cover of her Four the Record album and the black jumpsuit she wore at the 2022 Billboard Music Awards while performing “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home).”
“I’m obsessed with them,” she says of the variety of custom jumpsuits she’s recently added to her collection. “I’m much more of this vibe than ‘dress vibe’ usually, so it makes me happy.”
“We just keep adding and it keeps getting cooler,” she says about the archive. “I can’t wait to see what this room looks like in the next decade.”
Fans can see a brand-new collection of Lambert’s fiery ensembles at her current Las Vegas residency, Velvet Rodeo, at Zappos Theater inside Planet Hollywood.