Carrie Underwood and her husband, Mike Fisher, both had a feeling they were having a baby boy — but they didn’t want to find out in the doctor’s office during her sonogram.
In fact, they went to great lengths to keep themselves in the dark.
“[The doctor’s office is] kind of a sterile place,” Underwood explained to ABC News Radio. “We got to see all the pictures and everything. It was really cool to see that, but whenever she’d get near, near those parts we would look away.”
Instead, Underwood, 31, and her hockey player husband, 34, asked the doctor to write down the baby’s gender for them to look at when they were ready. They took the envelope containing the news of the baby’s sex with them out to a nice restaurant.
“[It was] just the two of us in a nicer setting, but we both knew,” she said. “So, that was just confirming our suspicions. We didn’t really speak of it before, ’cause we were both just like, ‘Whatever. It’s all good.’ But we knew it was a boy.”
Of course, Underwood’s CMA Awards co-host Brad Paisley told the world she was having a boy during the show earlier this month. She said she’d planned to announce the baby’s sex during the show all along, but she didn’t let Paisley in on the secret until the very last minute.
“Brad’s got loose lips. He’s a blabber mouth!” Underwood said with a laugh. “So, I was like, ‘I’m not gonna tell you until we’re ready for the rest of the world to know, ’cause I know you’ll tell people.'”
The singer has another big delivery — the double-disc compilation “Greatest Hits: Decade #1″ — due out December 9. The lead single from that project, “Something in the Water,” is already a big hit at country radio.
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We already knew that Carrie Underwood was a woman of very many talents, and after seeing the parade of stunning outfits she worked at the CMA Awards last week, it became clear that her ability to do a quick wardrobe change was one of them. In addition to the gorgeous Lorena Sarbu numbershe wore on the red carpet, the star and host of the show wore 10 different outfits over the course of the ceremony, bringing her to a grand total of 11 dresses. “I was not planning on it! I was like, if there’s one year that I’m not gonna change my clothes as much, it will be these year, because I’ll probably have a harder time finding dresses,” Underwood tells . “But I found several that I liked and I was like, you know what? I’m not gonna let a little baby bump stop me!” That’s the spirit!
The singer, who is also the celebrity face of Almay, is practiced at pulling a mid-show costume change—when she hosted the show in 2013, her dress count was at 10, and in 2012, she rocked 12 different dresses. “I love seeing pictures afterwards and hearing my friends say what their favorites were,” she tells us. “It is kind of hectic backstage, and sometimes I’m kind of running to and fro, but that’s okay! It’s fun to get to play dress-up.” Luckily, Underwood and her glam squad have the motions down to a science. Their method? Plot out each and every look, and keep them in order. “We definitely lay everything out, and during rehearsals, I run them all back and I’ll visualize the next day like, ‘Okay, now I’m gonna put on this red dress,’” she adds. “It’s a dance! It’s a well-choreographed dance we all know.” Clearly, Carrie can cut a rug.
Is there anyone more lovable than Carrie Underwood? If it’s not her charming smile or killer vocal cords, it’s her bubbly personality and upbeat attitude that’ll enchant you. And with upcoming projects including a role as brand ambassador of Almay alongside the upcoming release of her greatest hits album, we tapped the lovely (and busy!) songstress for a few of her must-have favorites of the moment. Here, everything that keeps her feeling beautiful, healthy and sane.
Her Must-Have Beauty Secret:
I’m an eyes girl. I wouldn’t leave the house without having my eyes on.
Her Must-Have Food:
Right now, for some weird reason, I love pumpkin. I even made a pumpkin pie the other day. It’s great because [pumpkin] is actually really good for you—so long as you don’t load it up with sugar.
Her Pre-Red Carpet Must-Have:
Oatmeal, quinoa, things that are filling. I also drink a ton of water … It’s great for your skin and can keep the bloat down.
Her Makeup Drawer Must-Have:
[It’s] stocked! I am a spoiled, spoiled makeup girl.
Her Must-Have Travel Item:
I definitely have Almay’s Butter Kiss Lip Balms ($7) in my purse at all times. They’re easy to throw on and feel good.
Her Must-Have #SELFMade Rule:
Being able to have a few things in your life that are about you—whether it is having those few makeup things to make you feel beautiful or making that time to go workout in the morning. Just having those things that are just for you! If you paint, if you sing, it’s about finding whatever works for you
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A a small-town girl hailing from Checotah, Okla., Carrie Underwood first came into the spotlight after her ’American Idol’ win in 2005, and the now five-time Grammy winner is celebrating 10 years of country music by releasing a two-disc album, ‘Greatest Hits: Decade #1.’
She made the big announcement on the ‘Today’ show on Sept. 26, also revealing details about the corresponding single, ‘Something in the Water.’ Since then, Underwood has been slowly disclosing other details about the record, including the track listing, the release date and the gorgeous cover. Here’s what we know about the singer’s upcoming record.
Underwood’s new record is called, fittingly, ‘Greatest Hits: Decade #1.’
“I can’t believe it’s been a decade since I auditioned for “American Idol,’” she says. “Looking back at the songs I’ve released over the years lets me relive my amazing journey. Even better, I get to include new music for the fans.”
The cover of ‘Greatest Hits: Decade #1′ is almost as gorgeous as Underwood herself. The photo is shot in black and white, giving it a classic, elegant look, and she’s laying on a tufted leather couch, looking glamorous in a beautiful dark gown, her long locks in immaculate curls. It’s, in a word, timeless.
The Release Date
Underwood will be releasing the record on Dec. 9 via 19 Recordings / Arista Nashville. It can be physically pre-ordered here, and is also available for digital pre-orders.
When the 31-year-old announced the album, she also disclosed the lead single, ‘Something in the Water,’ which features lyrics that give testament to her Christian faith: “Got joy in my heart, angels on my side / Thank God almighty, I saw the light / Gonna look ahead no turning back / Live everyday giving all that I have / Trust in someone bigger than me / Ever since the day that I believed.”
“It’s really kind of a joyous, uplifting song about changing your life for the better and kind of having that ‘a-ha’ moment, to waking up and your life being different from that moment forward,” Underwood explains.
Underwood’s upcoming album will showcase some of her 18 No. 1 singles spanning her four full-length studio albums, as well as other songs, totaling at 25 tracks. It includes two new songs — ‘Little Toy Guns’ (written by Underwood, Chris DeStefano and Hillary Lindsey) and ‘Something in the Water’ — plus four songs in never-before-released versions. The latter are writing session renditions of ‘So Small,’ ‘Last Name’ and ‘Mama’s Song,’ as well as a duet of the hymn ‘How Great Thou Art,’ featuring Vince Gill, from the from the Academy of Country Music TV special ‘ACM Presents: Girls’ Night Out’ in 2011.
Also included is Underwood’s first-ever single, ‘Inside Your Heaven;’ her 2009 duet with Randy Travis, ‘I Told You So;’ the foot-stomping, revenge-getting ‘Before He Cheats;’ familiar hit ‘Jesus Take the Wheel’ and many other much-loved songs.
1. ‘Something in the Water’
2. ‘Little Toy Guns’
3. ‘Inside Your Heaven’
4. ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’
5. ‘Don’t Forget to Remember Me’
6. ‘Before He Cheats’
8. ‘So Small’
9. ‘All-American Girl’
10. ‘Last Name’
11. ‘Just a Dream’
12. ‘I Told You So’ (feat. Randy Travis)
1. ‘Cowboy Casanova’
2. ‘Temporary Home’
3. ‘Undo It’
4. ‘Mama’s Song’
5. ‘Remind Me’ (duet with Brad Paisley)
6. ‘Good Girl’
7. ‘Blown Away’
8. ‘Two Black Cadillacs’
9. ‘See You Again’
10. ‘How Great Thou Art’ (with Vince Gill) [Live from ACM Presents: Girls’ Night Out]*
11. ‘So Small’ (writing session worktape 1/24/07)*
12. ‘Last Name’ (writing session worktape 1/22/07)*
13. ‘Mama’s Song’ (writing session worktape 2/5/09)*
* (Never-before-released version)
Another New Album is Coming
As if a greatest hits album, new baby boy on the way and recently co-hosting the 2014 CMAs with Brad Paisley isn’t enough, Underwood is also working on a follow-up to her platinum-selling ‘Blown Away’ record, released in 2012. Although she hasn’t divulged much information, she says it is a “new version” of herself — and she’s been writing for it.
“I’ve been writing a lot. It feels really good,” Underwood shares.“It’s just a progression, a different sound without losing myself in it. I’m not taking some crazy musical departure from what I’ve done, but it definitely feels different. It will feel different, look different, sound different.”
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Carrie Underwood‘s beautiful baby bump is growing by the day! Her fans are loving her preggo belly, and clearly, so are her pups!
On Thursday (Nov. 13), Underwood took to Twitter to share this ridiculously adorable picture of her dog Penny Jean snuggled up against her baby boy, with only a belly between them.
“I guess my belly makes a good pillow for sweet Miss Penny Jean…” Underwood wrote on Twitter. It’s obvious he pup is very comfortable, as she’s curled up, laying smack dab in the middle of Underwood’s belly, fast asleep.
Ever since Underwood announced her pregnancy — using her dogs, of course — on Labor Day, all eyes have been on the singer. Fans have been anxious to see the star’s burgeoning bump, and we got the chance during the 2014 CMA Awards, where she (and baby) dazzled on the red carpet and on the stage (in several wardrobe changes). Underwood even made our Best Dressed List with her red carpet gown!
But although she is glowing and ever-fashionable, the singer is a normal pregnant woman. She admits even she is prone to pregnancy meltdowns when her hormones get the better of her. Rest assured, Baby Boy Fisher will be worth it!
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It’s been almost 10 years and 24 music videos since Carrie Underwood charmed the country from the American Idol stage. And this new video proves that the singer – even while sporting her adorable little baby bump – isn’t slowing down anytime soon.
“It was the perfect time to have a couple new songs and a few extra things on a greatest hits album,” says Underwood of “Something in the Water,” which appears on her upcoming album, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, due Dec. 9. “I think it’s really special and I think it’s the perfect way to mark 10 years being as lucky as I have been and as blessed as I have been, doing what I do.”
As for how the song came together, Underwood, 31 – who’s expecting her first child, a son, in the spring – explains it was a collaborative, organic effort. “Whenever you go into a writing session, for me, I really like not having too much of an agenda,” she says. “I always keep a little notebook of ideas that I’ll draw from – or not. It kind of depends on what the vibe is for the day.
“I got together to write with Chris DeStefano and Brett James and Chris had this music track that he had been working on at home and he came in and he’s like ‘It’s either awesome or it’s horrible and you’re going to hate it.’ I mean Brett and I were both completely into it. It sounds so like energetic and happy. I started flipping through my pages and was like I have this title called, ‘Something in the Water.’ And that was that.”
As for the choir that joins in on the tune, “that didn’t come into play until we were pretty much done with the song,” says Underwood. “We had all of the other words and then we were talking about how cool it would be if there was some old hymn.”
In addition to the choir, the video also includes a very flexible dance troupe. “We really just wanted to match the energy [of the song] and have something really beautiful.”
Go behind the scenes on “Something in the Water” above.
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Pregnant Carrie Underwood wowed the crowd at The Concert For Valor in Washington, D.C. on Veterans Day, singing a song that has brought comfort and hope to scores of military families, and also recently shared a touching personal story to mark the bittersweet holiday.
The 31-year-old country star showcased a winter wonderland-inspired look on stage at The National Mall, wearing a black, long sleeve, empire waist, flowy, tuxedo-collar coat dress with a speckled skirt that draped over her growing baby bump, paired with an ivory scarf and black, stiletto over-the-knee suede boots. She is expecting her first child, a baby boy, with husband Mike Fisher, 34, in spring 2015.
Tuesday’s Veterans Day concert aired on HBO and also featured performances from Bruce Springsteen, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Metallica, The Black Keys,Rihanna, Eminem and fellow American Idol alum and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson.
Underwood sang her 2013 single “See You Again,” her 2006 hit “Before He Cheats” and her new song “Something in the Water,” backed by the Singing Sergeants of the U.S. Air Force, Time magazine reported.
The first song bears a special meaning for many of her American fans whose loved ones are serving their country overseas.
View the video clip here
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An exclusive essay from the award-winning country singer.
Carrie Underwood is an award-winning country singer who will perform in The Concert for Valor on Veterans Day.
It’s all about the stories. That’s what I’ve always loved about country music. And now that I am blessed enough to make my own contributions to country music, it’s still the stories that I love. But the only stories I love more than the ones I get to write and sing about are the ones that I hear from those who listen my songs.
I’ve been blessed enough to get to perform for and be involved in various events and projects that support the amazing men and women of our military. I’ve done everything from touring with the USO in Iraq and Kuwait, to playing shows at military bases in the U.S., to writing songs for special projects used to benefit our military members and their families. I’ve met countless brave souls that sacrifice their time and effort to keep us safe here at home. And I’ve met many spouses and children of those who don’t make it back home. Those are the stories that I could never and would never want to forget.
“See You Again,” a song I co-wrote and included on my last album, tells different stories to different people. It often means something different to each person who hears it. To many it’s a song about moving on after the death of a loved one—about wanting to see that person again, and knowing that eventually they will. But I never dreamed that so many would relate to it in such a powerful way.
As soon as the album came out, I started hearing and reading the most amazing things. I would meet fans at shows or on the street, and they would tell me how long their spouses had been deployed. I guess, somehow, hearing that song helped them see the light at the end of the tunnel, and they could keep on smiling, knowing that their loved would soon be home. Some of the stories, however, wouldn’t have such a happy ending. I remember talking to one brave girl and her mother. They had bought tickets the second they went on sale for the whole family to come to my show. The girl’s father was supposed to be home from deployment by the time the show rolled around. Tragically, he never made it. We got word of what had happened and were told that they still wanted to come to the show.
Music is a powerful thing. Although I’m sure going to a concert doesn’t fix any problems or heal any wounds, it can take one’s mind a few steps away from terrible things that are weighing heavily on the heart. I wanted to meet this young lady and her mother, so we arranged for that to happen. The mother told me the story that I already knew, and told me how much “See You Again” meant to them. I could tell that they both had amazing faith that the most important man in their lives was looking down on them and waiting for them. I guess hearing it in a song solidified that belief a little more. I signed their pictures and we smiled for photos. I am still amazed at how strong they both were. They might have found a little comfort in one of my songs. But because of their story and the many others like it that I have heard since, I’ll never sing that song the same way again.
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Contemporary Christian songwriter Michael W. Smith released the first rendition of original worship song “All Is Well” in 1989, for his first Christmas album It’s Christmas. This past September, now 25 years later, Smith enlisted country superstars like Carrie Underwood for his fourth holiday album, The Spirit of Christmas.
So it was fitting that on November 7, the two of them performed their duet version of “All Is Well” for the three-hour taping of ABC’s CMA Country Christmas special. Based on the cheers that erupted every time (the clearly pregnant) Underwood hit a big note, the crowd at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena seemed to agree.
Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland is hosting the holiday special, which airs December 1 at 8 p.m. EST. Other featured performers include Alan Jackson, Steven Tyler, LeAnn Rimes, Brad Paisley, Idina Menzel, Little Big Town, Hunter Hayes and Lucy Hale.
For now, see the fan footage below of Smith and Underwood’s “All Is Well” performance below.
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