Miranda Lambert is one of the most influential country stars of this generation. She has four #1 albums, of her last eight singles, seven of them have gone Platinum or Gold. She’s the reigning CMA and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year and has four consecutive CMA female vocalist awards tying her for the most ever.

Lambert, who just turned 30 this November, did not have crazy odd-end jobs to make it through Nashville. A little hard work and exposure from the reality singing show, Nashville Star did the trick.

When she was 10, Lambert entered her first country music talent show on the Johnnie High's Country Music Revue which was a weekly variety show in Arlington, Texas that helped out artist like LeAnn Rimes and LeAnn Womack .Her family helped to finance her first recording in 2001 but, later became a contestant on Nashville Star. She finished as second runner-up and landed a contract with Sony Music.

Here's Miranda's audition on Nashville Star: