It happened May 2 in Carrie Underwood‘s songwriting cabin in Tennessee.
That’s when Chris DeStefano came in with a musical idea, and Underwood came in with a big idea. It was, as DeStefano describes it, “the perfect write.”
“I played Carrie and Brett (James) this music, and Carrie was immediately like, ‘I’ve got this title and concept I’ve been wanting to write,” DeStefano told me of the day the three wrote Underwood’s latest hit,“Something in the Water.”
“I remember it like it was yesterday, getting chill bumps when she said that title,” he said. “It felt so right with the music.”
He said anytime he’s writing with Underwood, he likes to go in with ideas, but she’s usually the one who brings her best. And DeStefano loves to build on those.
“Going into a session, you never know what you’ll write,” he said. “That’s what’s so exciting. It’s like riding a wave. You all kind of get on this wave together and just roll with it. It’s almost like you can’t think about it too much.”
And that day, the wave took them on a ride the songwriters knew was special.
“By end of that day, we were cranking it up on the speakers and had our hands in the air. We definitely went to church that day. I can’t tell you how many times it brought me to tears,” he admitted. “Countless times. Just constantly. It’s such a powerful thing.”
We compared our favorite lyrics. Mine are, “Got joy in my heart, angels on my side,” and his are, “Got washed in the water, washed in the blood.”
“I’m getting chill bumps just talking about it,” DeStefano. “Each line lifts me up higher and higher.”
I remember seeing Underwood’s songwriting haven on TV when she gave Oprah Winfrey a tour of it. It was built in the 1800s and has been lovingly restored. It has plenty of religious touches all around. Like wooden plaques that say things like, “As for me and my ranch, we will serve the Lord” and “Nothing but the blood of Jesus (Romans 3:25).”
DeStefano probably felt that.
“With a song like that, there was so much at work in the room — beyond the three of us — that we all kind of knew it,” he said.
It sounds like there must have been something in the cabin.
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When the members of Little Big Town got to the Grand Ole Opry Friday night, Carrie Underwood had presents waiting for them.
“Sweet Carrie Underwood sent us beautiful flowers, and she sent us each a bottle of Champagne, with a hand-written note on each bottle,” Little Big Town’s Kimberly Schlapman says. “That is classy, so sweet.”
The country quartet, whose hits include Pontoon and Day Drinking, officially joined the Opry castFriday. Underwood became a member of the long-running radio show in 2008.
In addition to Underwood’s roses and tulips, the group also received a large flower arrangement from Nashville star Charles Esten and his wife.
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Carrie Underwood could just paint her baby’s nursery yellow. That’s always a pretty safe and gender-neutral go-to color for expectant parents. But it sounds like she and her husband Mike Fisher have decided to wait on any kind of décor until they find out if the baby is a boy or a girl.
“We haven’t really worried about too much,”Underwood told CMT Radio’s Cody Alan about the holding pattern she is in right now, so early in her pregnancy. “Until we find out if it’s gonna be a boy or a girl. We haven’t really done anything with the room or anything.”
But that’s not to say she hasn’t started stockpiling some baby essentials with a little online shopping.
“I bought a few books online — kids books and stuff — that I grew up with. Just little things. But we’re kind of waiting to see if it’s a he or a she,” she said.
And so far, Underwood admits her pregnancy has been all good.
“I feel really good. I think I’ve been really lucky in my symptoms thus far,” she said. “It’s still strange to honestly wrap my head around it, as I’m sure it is with all pregnant people. But it’s exciting.”
One thing she isn’t so sure about is how she’s going to maintain her ever-changing styles on the CMA Awards stage.
Underwood told Alan she doesn’t think she’ll be able to pull off the standard 10 wardrobe changes in a night like she’s done in the past. “I don’t know if I can keep up with those numbers,” she admitted, “just from pure exhaustion.”
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After collaborating on ‘Somethin’ Bad,’ Lambert bought her duet partner a beautiful new motorcycle to celebrate. Underwood’s hubby, Mike Fisher, even got his wife a small dirt bike to learn on before she hopped on her bigger hog, but now that she’s pregnant, she’s having to scale back on her wild endeavors.
“The whole pregnancy thing has kind of thrown a monkey wrench into my progress,” Underwood tells CMT’s Cody Alan. “Mike bought me a little dirt bike to learn how to ride on first because the bike [Lambert bought] is a really big bike. It’s kind of serious, so I need some practice, and I was like, ‘OK, I guess we’ll have to take a timeout on the motorcycle lessons for a while!’”
The “whole pregnancy thing” is changing more than just Underwood’s ability to ride a motorcycle. The CMA Awards are rapidly approaching, and the superstar admits that at least one thing is probably going to change this year … and it’s not her.
In previous years, Underwood changed outfits a countless amount of times — it was like they’d cut for commercial, come back and she’d have made a full wardrobe change — but she may not have the same speed in 2014.
“I don’t know if I can keep up with those numbers,” she admitted, “just from pure exhaustion.”
Regardless of what she wears, Underwood is sure to look phenomenal, baby bump and all. The 2014 CMA Awards will air live from Nashvile on Nov. 5 on ABC. Underwood will again be hosting alongside Brad Paisley.
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Congrats to Carrie who scored a 2014 American Music Award Nomination for Favorite Female Artist – Country. you can vote here now. Carrie iup against Kacey Musgraves and Miranda Lambert. Be sure to vote daily and tune in when the show airs live on ABC on Sunday November 23rd at 8/7c.
Oklahoma country music superstar Carrie Underwood, who hails from Checotah, is making waves and making history with her compelling new single, “Something in the Water,” the first single from her Dec. 9 album release, “Greatest Hits: Decade #1.”
Released on Monday, Sept. 29, “Something in the Water” has amassed more than 124,000 digital sales to date, earning the highest first-week sales tally of Underwood’s career, according to a news release. The sales figure also marks the best opening-week sales of any female country artist in 2014.
With today as its official airplay impact date, “Something in the Water” has set the all-time record for a country single at Mediabase, achieving a massive 144 total stations on impact date.
In all, the single tallies a whopping 157 first-week stations on board, including Billboard and Country Aircheck reporting stations.
On the Mediabase country airplay chart, “Something in the Water” explodes onto the chart at No. 25, tying Underwood’s previous personal-best debut (2007′s smash, “So Small”) and also tying the highest debut of any artist in 2014.
On the Billboard Country Airplay chart, Underwood further notches a career-high chart entry, as the single debuts at #17, simultaneously achieving the year’s highest debut for a solo artist.
Named last week’s USA Today Song of the Week, the publication praised “Something in the Water,” lauding the song’s production and “the purity” of Underwood’s vocals.
Produced by Mark Bright, and written by Underwood, Chris DeStefano, and Oklahoma-bred songsmith Brett James, “Something in the Water” is available for sale here:http://smarturl.it/somethinginthewater.
Underwood’s “Greatest Hits: Decade #1,” on 19 Recordings/Arista Nashville, will release on Dec. 9 and is currently available for pre-order athttp://smarturl.it/amzcarrieunderwood.
Video of Something In The Water audio Here
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NASHVILLE — Brad Paisley sits in the middle of the couch, one arm around his 7-year-old son, Huck, and the other encircling his 5-year-old son, Jasper. Carrie Underwood is seated in a chair across from them, wearing sweatpants. Her long blond hair is wrapped around barrel rollers and she’s eating cereal out of a cup.
It’s the middle of August and this meeting at Northstar Studios is the beginning of the pair’s preparations for the 48th annual CMA Awards that will air Nov. 5 on ABC. The country singers are set to return as hosts for the seventh time. And three months before the curtain goes up, they’re already concerned about what jokes to crack in the opening monologue.
“There’s tragedies-and-a-half but nothing I can make fun of yet,” Paisley says of the conundrum. “I’ll just do something funny myself. I’ll fall on the sword.”
Unbeknownst to him, just like she does on stage during their comedic bits on the CMA Awards, Underwood has already saved him. A few weeks later, Underwood will announce that she and husband Predator’s star Mike Fisher are expecting their first child.
It’s a balance the singers know well. Six years into their hosting duties, Paisley’s and Underwood’s roles are defined. Underwood calls herself “strait-laced” and says Paisley is the “ad-libber.” The award show’s head writer David Wild is a little blunter. He says Underwood is “the smart one” and Paisley is the one “who takes it too far.”
“Carrie once again provided a huge spark for us by getting knocked up,” Wild says. “She gave us the greatest baby gift of all. … (The content) will be a balance of how much we want to go there vs. what she’ll put up with.”
The show’s executive producer Robert Deaton says that while each artist has a separate career and brand outside of the CMA Awards, when they come together for the show, something entirely different happens.
“Brad and Carrie are their own entity,” says Deaton. “That (combination) makes it unique. It’s Sonny and Cher.”
Sarah Trahern, chief executive officer of the Country Music Association, says Paisley and Underwood are more than hosts of the CMA Awards, they are “respected ambassadors of country music.”
“They bring humor, integrity, authenticity and a genuine respect for the legacy of the CMA Awards.”
The day, which started at 8 a.m., stretches on for more than 10 hours. Paisley’s fatherDoug Paisley arrives about an hour after his grandchildren and the boys run into his open arms.
With his sons in his father’s hands, Paisley retreats to his dressing room to prepare for the day. Underwood is already behind closed doors touching up her makeup and having her curls combed into perfect loose waves. The day’s agenda includes filming a promo spot starring Paisley and Underwood to run leading up to the CMA Awards, shooting customized footage to air in different television markets, a lengthy photo shoot and media interviews.
It’s clear they’re friends. Paisley patiently bides his time while Underwood finishes getting ready. Later, Underwood returns the favor when they film the commercial, half of which features a group of children. Paisley admits he has an “obsessive compulsive personality” when it comes to his career, and filming his lines in the commercial is no different. He tries sitting, standing, walking into the scene and holding his guitar before he finds a combination of actions and words that make sense to him.
By the time it’s over, Underwood laughs that she has lost count of how many times she changed designer gowns. Paisley didn’t. He says he went through five outfits and hopes that’s enough to keep him from having to take more pictures next year.
As the commercial is being shot, the writing process for the awards show is already underway. The group is led by head writer David Wild and includes what he calls “the brainstorm team” of Paisley, Underwood and Deaton. They meet multiple times leading up to the awards show and as the event gets closer, the team will talk every day about possible jokes and content.
Their relationship has developed over the years. When Deaton chose Underwood and Paisley to host the CMA Awards together six years ago, Wild was already the show’s lead writer. Paisley and Underwood knew each other because they had toured together and were on the same record label.
Wild remembers it took Paisley a while to warm up to the idea of playing Sonny to Underwood’s Cher.
“Over the years, Brad was like, ‘Oh, I get it. I’m the idiot,’ ” Wild says. “You’ve heard of fake it til you make it? We sort of created it.”
Underwood and Paisley remember those first shows well. The Something In the Watersinger said she’s just happy they were asked back.
“It wasn’t bad,” Paisley explains after the filming of the commercial is complete. “It just wasn’t what we are now. We’re not the type to give up until we figure it out.”
Now the team runs so smoothly that Deaton says he can go through hundreds of jokes and know immediately if it’s the right type of humor for the two to use in the opening monologue or later in the show. It’s important to everyone involved that the audience of artists is laughing together, not laughing at one of their peers.
They know certain people can take a joke. Paisley says he can count on Luke Bryanlaughing. Zac Brown will laugh. Tim McGraw will, too. He knows George Strait will chuckle and last year, following the sexting joke with Keith Urban, Urban kept playing along — all night long.
“I kept getting lewd sexts from Keith Urban,” Paisley laughs. “He kept saying, ‘What time? Where are we going? Hey, sexy, what’s up?’ Just being goofy. And everybody likes to play along, so obviously we didn’t cross the line. The line, to me, is everybody is still happy with you when you’re done.”
“You have to have manners and we feel like that’s important,” Deaton says. “We’re also trying not to be mean. Hopefully it doesn’t ever come across as mean.”
Deaton says early on in their working relationship, everyone fell into the understanding that the opening monologue is the place that would serve as their retrospective on happenings in country music, pop culture, the government and more over the last year. One way Paisley and Underwood popularly handle the look-back is through parody songs.
“Not a lot of people could get away with Obamacare by Morning,” Deaton says of last year’s skit about the slowness of the health care website. “But (because of the level of respect they’ve earned), Brad and Carrie can do that.”
Following the show, the pair steer clear of the Internet and reviews of their performance. “There’s a lot of difference between hearing from your fans and hearing from people who didn’t like you in the first place,” Underwood says. And Paisley believes there’s only one true barometer — the live audience.
“Did we tear the room apart?” he says. “Did they go nuts? I love it when somebody says, ‘You guys did as well as anyone on TV as far as that kind of role.’ “
“I love it when they say, ‘Oh, the Oscars need a host.’ Or, ‘So and so needs to take notes from Carrie and Brad,’ ” Underwood adds. “I’m like, ‘Woo-hoo.’ “
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However, a recent trip to Babies R Us only served to confuse the country star, she said.
“We were like walking around and I was like, ‘This is just so overwhelming!’” she told CMT Hot 20 Countdown. “I just don’t want to get the wrong things and I don’t know what most of it does. There’s, like, 5,000 different things to choose from.”
Underwood, 31, announced last month that she and her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher, are expecting their first child. Her concern, she said, is that her baby will go without.
“Is my kid gonna be like, ‘I didn’t have this when I was a kid?!’” she said with a laugh.
However, in spite of shopping anxiety, the singer said she’s had an easy pregnancy so far.
“I’ve been really lucky in my symptoms so far,” she said. “I feel really good!”
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You can now pre-order Carrie’s Greatest Hits CD on Amazon. The album is due out on December 9th [Christmas Gifts anyone?] and while there isn’t any track listing up at the moment but as soon as it is we will be sure to update you on it.
Pre order the album here now.
HBO will televise The Concert for Valor, a Veterans Day event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. – featuring such musical acts as Eminem, Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Carrie Underwood, Rihanna, and the Zac Brown Band – on Nov. 11.
The event will also include appearances by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Meryl Streep, John Oliver and Jamie Foxx. Hanks and long-time producing partner Gary Goetzman are executive producers with Joel Gallen, who also will direct. HBO is co-sponsoring the event with Starbucks. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen are advisors, overseeing veterans outreach and which veterans groups will benefit from the concert’s proceeds.
HBO will allow its affiliates to open the signal so non-subscribers to watch the special. Starbucks a year ago committed to hiring at least 10,000 veterans and the spouses of active-duty military personnel over the next 5 years, and CEO Howard Schultz has co-written a book called For Love of Country that spotlights the sacrifices of veterans. Proceeds from the book, which is due out from Knopf in early November, are also going to veterans groups.
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