June 8, 2009 — Longtime country fans will likely remember Tammy Cochran, whose 2001 hit "Angels In Waiting" — written for two brothers who died of cystic fibrosis — provided inspirational moments for numerous families across the U.S.
Tammy's releasing a new album, 30 Something And Single, on Tuesday, right before the CMA Music Festival starts. And you can bet that Miranda Lambert remembers Tammy because in her pre-stardom days, she once made a fool of herself in front of Tammy during the festival.
"I completely mobbed Tammy Cochran — randomly, for no reason, and was freakin' out," Miranda remembers. "It was during Fan Fair week. And I was [in Nashville] with my parents, and I just completely, was the biggest gherm, groupie fan ever and would not shut up, and she probably hates me to this day. She doesn't know it was me, though. I'm sure she doesn't remember. That was probably my stupidest moment."
If "Angels In Waiting" pulled on the heartstrings, one song on Tammy's new CD is likely to earn a similar response. It's titled "Half The World Away (Shawn's Song)," and it was inspired by Tammy's efforts to adopt a Guatemalan child, which took much longer than necessary. She used a Florida-based facilitator who ended up going to prison after ripping off Tammy and other adoptive parents.
Tammy did eventually find a volunteer agency, GuatAdopt, that helped her provide a home for a boy, now three. He's named Shawn Alan Cochran in honor of the brothers she lost.
"GuatAdopt is a God send to me," Tammy says. "I found them accidentally online and made contact with them. I had been worried about my adoption process and just needed some answers and encouragement. They are wonderful people who care about the children of Guatemala, as they are adoptive parents themselves."
Tammy's successfully turned the corner in that chapter of her life, and she'll be signing autographs during this week's CMA Music Festival, June 11-14, where it's not impossible that she might turn a corner and run into Miranda Lambert, who's put together quite a career since that embarrassing incident a few years ago.
Miranda hasn't committed to visiting the exhibit booths at the fes tival, though she is performing Sunday at LP Field. Among those who will be signing autographs, along with Tammy, are Reba McEntire, Taylor Swift, LeAnn Rimes, Darryl Worley, James Otto and the Lost Trailers.