The 18-year-old from Mississippi has sung her way to the Top 8 of the current season of American Idol and her madness for Miranda (the good kind!) has helped get her there. She sang “Hell On Heels” by the Pistol Annies in her audition and just this week fired off a powerful version of “Gunpowder & Lead.” She’s frequently talked about Miranda and even says in the “about” section of her Facebook page: “My biggest inspiration is Miranda Lambert (I’m obsessed ha!)”
Late Friday night Lambert reached out to Skylar – how else? – through Twitter. The two-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Award for Female Vocalist of the Year tweeted:
@SLaineAI11 hey girl I broke my phone and been out of the loop. I’m back and I wanna say I’m flattered you chose me as your hero! Good luck!
A short time later a clearly shocked and surprised Skylar saw the message and replied with:
My IDOL Miranda tweeted and followed me! I’m the happiest person alive! I cant even believe this!
Skylar even included the below pic, which served as proof to everyone (herself included) that it was all real:
There’s also one more Laine-Lambert song connection from this season of Idol. Skylar sang the Faces’ “Stay With Me,” which used to be a regular part of Miranda’s concert set list.