Whenever Miranda Lambert performs her 2010 number one hit “The House That Built Me,” she can’t help but get a little emotional. Although Lambert didn’t write the song, she was easily able to relate to it because of her fond memories of her own childhood home.
Lambert’s deep connection to “The House That Built Me” has resulted in some memorable and emotional performances of it in the six years since its release. So you can bet that when Lambert took to the stage at an event all about the concept of finding “home” that there were some tears involved.
On December 6, Lambert was announced as the host and headliner of CBS’ Christmas special, A Home for the Holidays. As the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption states, the Home for the Holidays special “shares stories of foster care adoption and features performances from some of America’s most popular musical artists.” In between performances from Lambert and the other musical guests, viewers got the chance to hear stories about families whose lives had been touched by foster care and adoption.
At an event that placed so much emphasis on the importance of family and home, it only seemed fitting for Lambert to perform “The House That Built Me.” Wearing a festive red Christmas dress, Lambert stood up on stage surrounded by the glow of Christmas lights. A small band accompanied her, leaving her voice vulnerable and giving it the chance to truly shine.
Lambert was noticeably emotional from the beginning of the performance, and her eyes filled with tears as she continued on through the song. You could tell that the people in the audience were moved by her performance as well, as tears filled their own eyes. Some knew the song by heat, and mouthed the words as Lambert sang.
Although Lambert was teary-eyed throughout the entire performance, she managed to hold it together and make it through the song. She received a warm round of applause once she finished, as she wished everyone in the room a happy holiday season.
We’ve watched Lambert sing this song so many times before, but there’s something about this performance in particular that really speaks to the heart. Go ahead and tune in below to see it for yourself. Just as a warning, you may want to keep some tissues close by, because it will be hard to get through this video without getting a bit teary-eyed as well.