Entertainment Music Country Miranda Lambert Reveals the Pistol Annies Secretly Invited Brendan McLoughlin to Their NYC Show The couple met last November when Lambert and her band, the Pistol Annies, were performing on Good Morning America By Joelle Goldstein Joelle Goldstein Instagram Twitter Joelle Goldstein is the Staff Editor of TV for PEOPLE Digital. She has been with the brand for five years, beginning her time as a digital news writer, where she covered everything from entertainment news to crime stories and royal tours. Since then, she has worked as a writer-reporter on the Human Interest team and an associate editor on the TV team. In her current role, Joelle helps oversee all things TV, and enjoys being able to say she has to watch The Kardashians, America's Got Talent, Love Is Blind and Dancing with the Stars for her "work" responsibilities. Prior to joining PEOPLE, Joelle was employed at The Hollywood Reporter, where she was co-nominated at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards for Outstanding Magazine Article for feature cover story. She graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor's degree in Television-Radio (and an appearance in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four!) People Editorial Guidelines Published on October 29, 2019 12:55 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Miranda Lambert has her Pistol Annies bandmates to thank for setting her up with her husband Brendan McLoughlin! The country star recently opened up about how she and McLoughlin met in a profile with The New York Times and revealed that it was her bandmates, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley, who were responsible for introducing her to the New York City cop. “I met my husband doing press for the Pistol Annies record, this time last year,” Lambert, 35, explained to the outlet. “Our record came out the day after Halloween, and we did Good Morning America. My husband was doing security there for the show.” “My girlfriends, the Annies, saw him and knew I might be ready to hang out with someone,” she continued. “They invited him to our show behind my back. They plucked him for me.” It wasn’t just the Pistol Annies who were in on the surprise — Lambert’s security guard also knew about the set-up. “My security guy Tom, he was in on it too. He said to me, ‘He’s here. And he’s pretty,'” she said with a laugh. Miranda Lambert and the Pistol Annies. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Miranda Lambert Shares Birthday Post for Brendan McLoughlin: ‘The Man That Puts Stars in My Eyes’ Just two months after meeting McLoughlin, 28, on Good Morning America in November, the pair tied the knot. In February, Lambert revealed that she and McLoughlin had gotten married the month prior, making the announcement in a candid Valentine’s Day post saying, “In honor of Valentine’s Day I wanted to share some news. I met the love of my life. And we got hitched! My heart is full. Thank you Brendan McLoughlin for loving me for…. me.” McLoughlin, an officer with the New York Police Department, is currently on a leave of absence from his job, a representative with the NYPD’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner Public Information previously told PEOPLE. His decision to take some time away from the NYPD came just before Lambert kicked off the fall leg of her tour in September, which he has proudly joined his wife for. Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic Miranda Lambert Has the Perfect Comeback to Troll Who Says Marriage to Brendan McLoughlin Won’t Last Besides touring, the couple has also been splitting their time between New York City and Nashville, with the country superstar previously telling Extra that they have “the best of both worlds.” “We spend time in New York, we get to see our adorable nugget [McLoughlin’s 11-month-old son from a previous relationship], then we get to come back to the farm and have the quiet life,” she told the outlet. “I’m enjoying the balance.” She likes the anonymity the city offers her as well, telling the Times, “When people recognize you here, they don’t make a big deal. ‘Oh. Hey. You’re Miranda Lambert. Like your music. Bye.'” Miranda Lambert and Brendan McLoughlin. John Shearer/Getty Images Lambert hasn’t been shy to rave about her man either, most recently telling the crowd in Atlantic City during her Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars tour that despite singing a “sad” country song, she’s found happiness in her life. “Lucky for me, I’m not in a sad time anymore in my life, thank you to my sweet husband — from Staten Island, by the way!” she told the audience, who cheered as McLoughlin stood off to the side, watching his wife perform. Her union with McLoughlin is Lambert’s second marriage. She was previously married to fellow country star Blake Shelton before they split in 2015 — and subsequently dated musicians Anderson East and Evan Felker before meeting McLoughlin.