The Miranda Lambert tears did not go unnoticed during her performance on “Healing in the Heartland” on May 29. That is especially true of those in Oklahoma who watched her struggle to sing “The House that Built Me.” In interviews conducted on May 29 and May 30, Oklahoma shared their thoughts about Miranda Lambert’s tears as she sang for them and their recovery effort after the tornadoes of May 19 and May 20.
“Miranda [Lambert] is an Okie now,” Cindy Blackborne, from Oklahoma City, said. “I know she is from Texas, but her love for Oklahoma and Okies really showed through the tears. It was one of the most moving things I have ever seen.”
Miranda Lambert took the stage of “Healing in the Heartland,” a benefit concert her husband and Oklahoma’s own, Blake Shelton, put together to help those impacted by the recent tornadoes. She sang her hit song “The House that Built Me.”
“I’ve never seen such an honest performance,” Rob Davis, from Oklahoma City, said. “The Miranda Lambert tears were real. She genuinely hurt for us. My wife and I both cried. I don’t know what kept Blake [Shelton] from going to her. That had to be hard on him as her husband.”
Miranda Lambert was the only singer to show such raw emotion. Oklahoma natives Reba McEntire and Vince Gill also sang during “Healing in the Heartland,” but their performances did not include tears. Blake Shelton was choked up during as he served as host, but managed to control his emotions.
“What Miranda [Lambert] and Blake [Shelton] did for Oklahoma last night was unbelievable,” Rachel Mack, from Oklahoma City, said. “Blake raised money to help us and Miranda showed us how much she loves us. I am so touched. The Miranda Lambert tears are not something I will ever forget.”
This Examiner was also moved by the Miranda Lambert tears. As a native of Oklahoma and a self-proclaimed “Moore girl,” Miranda Lambert’s performance of “The House that Built Me” touched my heart in ways that can’t be explained. Seeing my school reduced to rubble and knowing that the house that helped build me was missed by less than a block by the tornado, this Examiner cried along with Miranda Lambert. The pain, anger and frustration was released for the first time since May 20 and Miranda Lambert made the possible. The healing can begin now that those negative emotions aren’t stifling me.
At the time of publication, it was unknown how much money “Healing in the Heartland” raised for those impacted by the tornadoes in Oklahoma. Although the money is very important to Oklahoma, the love that was shown by everyone who participated, especially Miranda Lambert, was just as important. Oklahoma is not alone. The Miranda Lambert tears and other singers proved that.