Her hit “Mama’s Song” is about to take on a whole new meaning.
Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher are expecting their first child together, the couple announced on social media Monday.
The country star broke the happy news with a clever Instagram playing off of the very appropriate holiday.
“In honor of ‘Labor’ Day, Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn’t be happier …” Underwood captioned a photo of her precious pooches wearing “I’m going to be a big brother” and “I’m going to be a big sister” shirts.
Fisher, a professional hockey player, confirmed the announcement on Twitter— and gave a hint at one creative baby name.
“We haven’t picked names yet but it’s looking like Fly is gonna fly. #boyorgirl #flyfisher,” he Tweeted.
She is due in the spring.
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As Carrie Underwood belted out one heart-wrenching song after another at the NYS Fairgrandstand Wednesday night, I couldn’t help but ask myself one pivotal question: Who would ever want to break this woman’s heart?
She’s beautiful. She’s charming. She’s humble. And she’s got a voice that can overwhelm even a crowd as massive as the one at the grandstand Wednesday. So when she’s belting her heart out over some no-good man who did her wrong, you’ve got to wonder where that schmuck is now, and how hard he’s kicking himself.
For the rest of us, however, it’s a good thing some fool dared hurt her. Because heartbreak has provided the country superstar the material necessary to win a slew of Grammys and solidify herself as one of this generation’s biggest crossover stars. And that emotion (whether she wrote the songs or not) provides the backbone of a catalog that gives Underwood a chance to showcase her powerful pipes.
Underwood took to a bare-bones stage just after 8:45 p.m. Wednesday to a nearly-full house at the State Fair’s big stage. She spent nearly two hours letting her roaring voice do all the work as she churned out 20 different tunes. She was flanked on either side by her eight-piece band and backed by a massive video screen that, unfortunately, did more to distract than anything else.
With throaty heartbreak tunes like “Wasted,” “Two Black Cadillacs” and “Before He Cheats,” you would think Underwood is angry. But onstage her rage is sweet and her demeanor is all smiles. She humbly told stories about her unlikely rise to fame and winked and waved repeatedly to fans. That furious passion, however, took over whenever it was time to sing.
“Man, I love to sing,” she told the crowd with a laugh.
And sing she did, Wednesday night. She touched on numbers from the tragically heartfelt “Jesus Take The Wheel” to a rocking cover of Guns N Roses’ “Paradise City” during her two-song encore.
It was her powerful voice and lovable demeanor that won America’s heart when Underwood appeared on “American Idol” a decade ago. And those continue to win over fans to this day. The gentleman next to me, for example, was a self-proclaimed “metal head” who came with his girlfriend. But he found himself bobbing along to the show. He commented on how great her voice was. Heck, he even bought me several beers (which is a generous gesture due to the $8 price tag for a pint at the grandstand).
Opener Michael Ray – a rising singer of the country frat-boy variety — performed with passion to what he called the “biggest crowd he’s ever played for.” He’s green but eager and won the crowd over when he charged offstage and into the deeper rows of the grandstand.
Musically he’s adequate, but he knows how to work an audience. And that’s all that really matters in a genre whose biggest award isn’t “Musician of the Year,” but rather “Entertainer of the Year.”
But this was Underwood’s night. And with nothing more than a microphone she filled nearly two hours with powerfully raging country rock and heartfelt tunes.
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Underwood may be as pretty as a picture, but the singer is also very tough. She proved that in a video Paisley posted to his Instagram account, in which she displays a Coke can for the camera which reads “Legend.”
“She’s gonna crush it,” Paisley says from behind the lens.
“I’m gonna crush it” adds the songstress, grinning. A little louder and a lot more confident, Underwood says, “I’m gonna crush it!” She then raises her hand holding the Coke up to her head and crushes it … or so the video would have you believe. She smiles, displaying the smushed can.
“That’s impressive,” Paisley concludes as the clip ends.
This is all part of a forthcoming video for Paisley’s song, ‘Crushin’ It.’ He’s asking fans to send in their own videos, which may make the final cut. It’s simple — all you have to do is finish your favorite canned beverage (beer is acceptable), and then as creatively as you can, crush it! Submit videos here.
The song will be featured on Paisley’s album, ‘Moonshine in the Trunk,’ which is set for release on Aug. 25.
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Every year, fans anxiously await the announcement of the Super Bowl halftime performer … could that person be country superstar Carrie Underwood in 2015?
Sports blog TerezOwens is reporting that there’s a good chance Underwood could take the stage during next year’s big game. Apparently, a lot of signs point to the ‘Before He Cheats’ himaker.
The website says that the performer chosen for Super Bowl halftime 2015 “already has serious ties to the National Football League.” Underwood, of course, is the voice of the ‘Sunday Night Football’ theme song, and she’ll be singing ‘Waiting All Day for Sunday Night’ at the kickoff of each 2014 season game. The starlet also sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 and helped the Jacksonville Jaguars unveil their new video boards recently. During Super Bowl XLVI’s Pepsi Super Bowl Fan Jam, she performed with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
Another hint it could be Underwood on the stage in 2015? A little insider info. “A few inside sources revealed to us that Carrie Underwood most likely will be doing the super bowl halftime show this year,” the website claims.
Only time will tell who will take the Super Bowl Halftime Show stage in 2015, but if it isn’t Underwood, she’ll at least be involved in the game, as she’s part of the pre-tape kick-off video.
Are you ready for some football?
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In preparation for their return to the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 5, Underwood, 31, and Paisley, 41, tried their hands at a game of country music trivia courtesy of the show’s reigning group of the year, Little Big Town. The prize? A collectors’ edition set of Brad and Carrie bobblehead dolls!
Since 2008, the Nashville regulars have danced, sung and joked their way through the annual event honoring country music’s biggest stars. (Remember when Paisley kissed Miss Piggy?)
And if the video above is any indication of what’s ahead for November, the CMA Awards countdown officially – and happily – starts now.
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Carrie Underwood fans will be pleased to know the blonde beauty is preparing to head back in to the studio. She says she’s been spending a lot of time writing, and this new music will be a “progression” for her.
“I’ve been writing a lot. It feels really good,” she tells the Hollywood Reporter. This new music may be a little different than what fans are used to from Underwood, but she simply calls it “a new version” of the same Carrie Underwood fans already know and love.
“It’s just a progression, a different sound without losing myself in it,” the songstress — who will voice the ‘Sunday Night Football’ intro on NBC for a second year — assures. “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.”
And now that Underwood has got a huge hit with fellow country sensation Miranda Lambert, she certainly wouldn’t rule out another collaboration with her in the future. They may not have any plans as of now, but that could change.
“‘Something Bad’ was just the right song, the right time,” Underwood explains. “All the stars lined up, and we got to do it. I guarantee that won’t be the last time we sing together, but it just hasn’t happened for this next album.”
Somehow, we think country fans will really appreciate that guarantee!
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Carrie Underwood will be hitting theaters with a new spot featuring her performance of NBC’s ‘Sunday Night Football’ theme.
Underwood will be performing ‘Waiting All Day for Sunday Night’ during the 2 1/2 minute spot, which will also feature NFL stars in a behind-the-scenes look at making the opening for ‘Sunday Night Football.’
NBC Sports announced the news during their presentation at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour in Los Angeles on Monday (July 14). The spot will begin airing in over 19,000 AMC, Cinemark and Regal theaters nationwide on July 25.
This season will be Underwood’s second performing the song, set to Joan Jett‘s ‘I Hate Myself for Loving You,’ for ‘Sunday Night Football,’ which finished last season No. 1 in prime time household ratings.
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“Story by Carrie Underwood.” That’s what the credits at the end of Miranda Lambert and Underwood’s brand new “Somethin’ Bad” video reveal. And I found out what it really means is Underwood wrote the treatment for the video.
Trey Fanjoy, the director behind the mock movie trailer, said that her original idea was to take those stereotypical male roles in film and spin that on its head.
“We wanted to have Miranda and Carrie take on those iconic moments, instead of George Clooney and Brad Pitt, like in Ocean’s Eleven,” Fanjoy told me.
“But then Carrie had all these amazing ideas. She wrote her own treatment, and it was the first time she’d done that. Her initial treatment — with photos — was 11 pages of ideas. And my job as a director was just to interpret and filter those ideas to fit it in the 2:49 minutes we had. Carrie had so much great imagery for me to look at. She threw her whole heart into this.”
From the start, Underwood knew exactly what she wanted to see in this video.
“She wanted to see a high-stakes poker game,” Fanjoy said. “She wanted to see motorcycles. She wanted an explosion, a helicopter scene and a mug shot. Those all came from Carrie.”
In the 15 years Fanjoy has been making award-winning country music videos, she had worked with virtually every artist in Nashville — except Underwood. She remembers just how she felt when Lambert brought up the idea a couple of years ago.
“After we wrapped shooting for Miranda’s ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’ in L.A., she and I went out for drinks,” Fanjoy said. “Miranda was talking about how much she’d love to do something with Carrie. She said, ‘Man, I just love Carrie.’
“Stylistically, they may be coming from two different places. I always think of Carrie as our American Idol and Miranda is the one drinkin’, cussin’ and getting’ tattoos. But when Miranda talked about it that night, I remember thinking how big that would be. And what a moment that would be for country music.”
Lambert has admitted it took her forever to write the email when she sent the song to Underwood.
“Like I was writing a text to a boy or something — ‘We can do this song if you want to, but we don’t have to, but if you like it? But if you don’t like it, it’s cool,’” she recalled writing to Underwood.
Fanjoy seems to love everything about her job as a video director.
“This is my art, but collaborating with other artists is always my favorite part,” she said. “I get to create with a cinematographer, an art director, A-list hair and makeup and wardrobe people. Then I get the opportunity to collaborate with Miranda and Carrie. That was all so amazing, and I’m honored I got to be a part of it.”
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Somethin’ Bad,” the just-released video for Miranda Lambert’s duet with Carrie Underwood, is heating things up online, much as the single has done on country radio — not surprising given the individual firepower of the two country stars.
But the collaboration was anything but a slam dunk. There was a time after Lambert asked Underwood to join her on the track that she was convinced the answer would be no.
“I was nervous,” Lambert told Pop & Hiss recently. “After I sent her the track, she wanted to live with it for a few minutes, and rightly so.”
For a few tense days, the 30-year-old Texan had convinced herself that Underwood wasn’t interested. Then came the reply.
“She was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it!’ ” Lambert said. “I respect her. She’s so great. She’s built her own empire. She came by it so fast, but she has kept so poised and classy. Anytime she’s on anything, I know country’s going to look good.”
In the video, directed by Trey Fanjoy, she and Underwood go on a Thelma and Louise-like bad-girl escapade involving a bank caper, a high-stakes card game and a side-by-side motorcycle ride out of town.
For Lambert, it was a chance to bring two high-profile women artists together, a rarity in these days of male-dominated country radio and video.
“Nobody collaborates,” she said. “Well, no girls in country have, hardly at all. So it’s about damn time. There’s not that many of us to collaborate. But they’re coming. The door is open, we’re holding it open, and I know there’s going to be this whole wave of females who are gonna be awesome.
“It goes in phases. Right now it’s the guys time, and pretty soon the girls are gonna take back over, then the guys will take back over. That’s just the way it goes.”
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Carrie Underwood put the finishing touches on a record-breaking Country USA 2014 late Saturday night, and as the lights went out on her stage the plans for upgrading next year’s event begins.
An attendance record of more than 50,000 people came through the gates at Ford Festival Park over the five-day event, and though rain put a damper on Tuesday’s kick-off, the weather cooperated for the most part and kept the concert grounds fairly dry the rest of the week and into the weekend.
Standing water and muddy conditions have been one of the biggest challenges for Country USA fans and workers since the event began 19 years ago, and this year was no different. Between 500-800 campsites were unusable this year because of rain, but plans are already in the works for more water irrigation and paved roadways to help neutralize the rain for next year.
The event also plans on adding more campground sites and additional walkways on the concert grounds. Expanding the concert grounds this year to create more walkway space and more room to move around was an added benefit to this year’s event, especially with the continued growth in popularity Country USA gains each year.
“It’s been a challenging week, we had a little bit of rain, but the biggest deal of the week has been the incredible crowds that we’ve had,” Country USA promoter Dan Liebhauser said. “Attendance is the biggest we’ve had in 19 years. It was a sell out, and quite frankly it was the talent roster that brought that sell out.
“Anytime you put talent together like Luke Bryan, Florida Georgia Line and Carrie Underwood all on the same stage at the same time over a week for entertainment, it’s been one of the biggest (lineups) we’ve ever had.”
Next year’s lineup may be even bigger. Country superstars Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert are both on the schedule already for 2015, but the rumors are already swirling for other potential stars in the country music business.
“There’s a rumor out there that we’re getting Eric Church… I can’t confirm that but there’s a rumor that we’re doing that,” Liebhauser said.
Jake Van Camp: (920)426-6661 or jvancamp@ thenorthwestern.com
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