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This is classic Miranda Lambert.

Even though this new song of hers, “Champion,” isn’t on one of her own records, it is so her. With lyrics about Nowhere, Arizona and staying up all night writing songs and the tears she’s poured into those songs and an ex who’s done her wrong and the fall behind the climb and having to lose to win.

And all of those feels are layered with Lambert’s distinctive vocals that make anything and everything sound like a No. 1 country smash. She shared the song in her Instagram story, saying, “It’s about making your way through the sacrifices and hard parts of life.”

“Champion” is part of the season finale of the scripted musical podcast Make It Up As We Go. Lambert is one of the executive producers of the show. The song was written by Nashville’s prolific hitmaker Nicolle Galyon along with Jared Gutstadt, Scarlett Burke and Jeff Peters.

The podcast’s soundtrack also features songs from Lindsay Ell, Mickey Guyton, Tyler Rich, and the show’s Charlotte Sayles (played by Burke).

Alison makes her living loving country music. She’s based in Chicago, but she’s always leaving her heart in Nashville.

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