• NEWS AND NOTES: Kacey, Carrie, Jordan, Lauren

    Don’t forget to catch Kacey Musgraves on NBC’s Saturday Night Live this Saturday (May 12th). She is the musical guest, while Amy Schumer will host. Kacey is also scheduled to perform on the Late Late Show With James Corden on May 17th.

    Set your DVR for Carrie Underwood on Sunday night’s (May 13th) American Idol, as she performs her new hit “Cry Pretty,” as well as be the superstar guest mentor on the show.

    Jordan Davis will make his Grand Ole Opry debut on May 12th.

    Lauren Alaina has been added to the lineup for the City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game June 9th at Nashville’s First Tennessee Park.

  • MOTHER’S DAY 2018

    Mother’s Day is on Sunday (May 13th), and some of your favorite country artists are celebrating the mothers in their lives this weekend. In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day, held on the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honor mothers.

    Here are some of your favorite country stars honoring all of the Moms out there with stories of their own.

    Audio / Brandon Lay says he probably gets his work-ethic from his Mom.


    Brandon Lay (Mother’s Day) OC: …comes from her. :2
    “She works harder than anybody I’ve ever seen. She can outwork most 20-year-olds in the yard still. She grew up on a farm, and I think a lot of that just bulldog it and get it done attitude, I probably get from her. She’ll go from sunup to sundown, and she doesn’t complain, and that’s just so rare. I feel like the work ethic, as far as grind it out and get it done, that toughness comes from her.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood says she doesn't really have any Mother's Day traditions, but she sure enjoys being a Mom to Isaiah.


    Carrie Underwood (Mother’s Day traditions) OC: …even more so. :40
    “We don’t really have like any Mother’s Day traditions. I feel like I remember me and Dad making breakfast for Mom like once as a kid. I’m pretty sure we just made a giant mess in the kitchen and we never did that again, so. Being on the other side of things, I obviously don’t expect anything from my three-year-old, but my husband’s really good at getting presents from quote unquote Isaiah. It’s really sweet, because he likes to bring me things. He’s such a sweet little guy, and anytime he’s outside, he’ll pick me flowers and things. So, I’m like, ‘You’re learning. You’ve already got me wrapped around your finger, and then you do stuff like that, and it’s even more so.’”

    Audio / Clare Dunn talks about the support and undying devotion her mom has for her and her sister.


    Clare Dunn (Mother’s Day) OC: …in the world. :41
    “She is unrelenting in her love and her support, and even when we’re crazy kids and we screw up, it doesn’t matter. Her love knows no bounds. And her undying devotion to her kids – to my sister and I – always believing in us a million percent, always backing us up a million percent and helping us navigate life and navigate our dreams and helping us go towards that goal – those are some of the qualities that I hope to have some day as a mother, you know? And I’m so grateful I have THE best mom in the WORLD!”

    Audio / Darius Rucker talks about not disappointing his beloved mother, who passed away in 1992.


    Darius Rucker (Mother’s Day) OC: …killed me. :17
    “I think that’s the main reason I am how I am…an innate fear of disappointing my mom.  My mom’s not even alive, and I have a fear of her looking down from heaven and going, ‘Man I’m just disappointed in my son.’ She could have said anything in the world to me, but if she would have said, ‘Son, you just disappointed me,’ That would have killed me. It would have killed me.”

    Audio / Darius Rucker’s mother, who passed away in 1992, was always the singer’s biggest supporter.


    Darius Rucker (Mother) OC: …in my corner. :44
    “My mom was just always great. She worked a lot. She was a nurse and she worked a lot. She took a lot of overtime and stuff to make sure we could live basically, but she always just so supportive, ever since I was a kid. I was always a music kid. Growing up in an African-American neighborhood, I was never that guy who was gonna be pigeonholed to let people say I could only listen to this and I could only do this, because I was African-American. She always supported whatever I wanted to do, whatever I wanted to listen to, wherever I wanted to go, she always had my back. Going to college and everything, she was my biggest supporter and never let my brothers and sisters knock me down or try to tell me I can’t do this or that. All of my success comes because my mother was always in my corner.”

    Audio / Dierks Bentley recognizes and appreciates how much work goes into being a mother.


    Dierks Bentley (Mother’s Day – Cassidy) OC: …to have her. :31
    “It’s the toughest job out there being a mom, and I know from my life with my wife Cassidy. We work as a team together when I’m home, and it takes everyone to get the job done, me and her, working together. So, when I go on the road, I just have so much respect for her because it’s hard to do it right, if you want to do it great, and she does a great job with it. It’s really rewarding, but it’s also very challenging. I’m so thankful that she takes it on the way she does, and our kids are very lucky to have her.”

    Audio / Eric Church says he’s learned quite a bit from his mom.


    Eric Church (Mother’s Day) OC: …as a man. :57
    “My mom, even though my dad won’t like this, my mom is by far the toughest person that I’ve met. She’s tough. One of those people that’s been through a lot in her life, adversity wise and never complains, always really resilient with anything that’s happened to her. And it’s just that attitude, the positive attitude, regardless of what has happened that I think is the one thing that I got from her. With career, she’s always been a person that’s been really positive through times that I couldn’t find a positive streak, [laughs] and she was always really positive, and very much believes in tough it out, keep working hard, and that’s her motto with stuff like that. I’ve always been impressed with that stuff. Then musically, she’s where I get my talent from, musically. She sings great, always has, her mom sang great. I owe my musical chops to her. And she still sings some. So, career-wise, I owe her everything. And just in life-wise she’s given me a lot of the qualities that it has taken for me to get me where I am. Not only as a musician, but as a man.”

    Audio / Eric Paslay talks about his mother, Donna.


    Eric Paslay (Mother’s Day) OC: …it’s good. :21
    “I wanna thank my mom for giving me faith, laughter and pride in the family I came from. She’d be the fun Mom, just goofing off in the sprinklers outside or we’d go out and play in the rain and all that stuff growing up. She’s always good to be around; always happy, and it’s good.”

    Audio / Jon Pardi says his mother, Shelly, is an angel.


    Jon Pardi (Mother’s Day) OC: …worrying about me. :29
    “My mom’s always been there for me. First of all, she’s a great mom. She’s an angel. She takes care of people that aren’t even in the family. She’s always been like that, and she’s a great mother. She’s always proud, and she’s always there supporting and being a great mom. She’s just a good human being. There’s not one mean bone in her body. And she cries about every time I talk to her. She always worries about me. I have to tell her, ‘Stop worrying about me.’”

    Audio / Jordan Davis says he’s a “Mama’s Boy” and hopes he has her kindness and positive outlook.


    Jordan Davis (Mother’s Day) OC: …Mother’s Day. :30 [laughs]
    “I’m a Mama’s Boy. I love my Mom, and it’s the way she finds the good in everything. With my Mom, as opposed to finding anything negative, she’s gonna find something positive first. That’s something I really hope I can be more like her on; one of the many things I wish I could be more like my mom on. My mom, she loves flowers, so we’ll get her flowers or take her to, we’re slowly getting her into sushi, so we love to take Mom out to sushi spots on Mother’s Day.” [laughs]

    Audio / Keith Urban explains why his wife Nicole Kidman is an extraordinary mother to their two children, Sunday and Faith.


    Keith Urban (Nicole is extraordinary mother) OC: …to see. :45
    “She’s an extraordinary mum, she really, really is. Those girls are very, very lucky, and I feel very lucky that the children I should have in this world happen to be with Nic. I don’t know anything about raising kids and Nic does, and that comes in extremely, um, it’s really made for an experience I wouldn’t have had without that. Her patience, her recognizing them as people and not just little kids is really extraordinary. Her attention to honoring their feelings and listening to them right from day one – really being attentive to that is not how I was raised at all, so it’s really beautiful to see.”

    Audio / With Mother’s Day on Sunday, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley explains he and his brothers – Josh and John -- owe their mother a lot for all of their childhood antics.


    Charles Kelley {Mother) OC: …playing music. :23
    “We were honestly, at times, pretty hard to handle, both of us. We used to play our music loud up above on the second floor [of the house], bang on the drums and the guitar. And my mom’s just one of those people, she’ll do anything for her family and she sacrificed a lot for us boys. Anytime we needed something, she made it happen. And so, we owe her a lot. She’s definitely the reason we’re playing music.”

    Audio / Lauren Alaina says she can count on her mom for just about everything.


    Lauren Alaina (Mom) OC: …same for her. :19
    “I honestly would not be able to do it without my mom. I get overwhelmed sometimes, and if she wasn’t there to comfort me or tell me, ‘Look just realize what you’ve got going for you,’ I’d be up the creek [without a paddle]. She’s got my back. My mom would walk through a fire pit for me, and I’d do the same for her.”

    Audio / Little Big Town’s Karen Fairchild says being a mother to Elijah Dylan Westbrook is the best feeling in the world.


    LBT (Mother’s Day-Karen) OC: …every day. :23
    “There isn’t anything that means more to me than sitting on the bench and eating a grilled cheese sandwich with this little guy who calls me Mama. There isn’t anything better than that. He’s just a little miracle. I went from dreaming about him to eating grilled cheese sandwiches and ketchup with him, and I could never have dreamed this up – how good it could be, and it just gets better every day.”

    Audio / Maddie & Tae’s Tae Dye said she pulled off a great Mother’s Day surprise a few years ago.


    Maddie & Tae (Mother’s Day-Tae) OC: …was so fun. :25
    “To this day one of the best surprises I’ve ever pulled off was on Mother’s Day three years ago. ‘Cause my mom’s birthday always tends to fall on Mother’s Day Weekend – it’s coming up – and my mom and dad were coming into Nashville and I was like, ‘Okay-this has got to be a big weekend. It’s Mother’s Day, her birthday and the weather was going to be beautiful, so I planned this awesome surprise where we would drive first – she wouldn’t know where we were going, and then we ended up going canoeing down the Harpeth River [located south of Nashville] and it was so fun.”

    Audio / Shania Twain says it’s such a joy to be a parent.


    Shania Twain (joy to be a parent) OC: …means everything. :14
    “It’s such a joy to be a parent. So, I relate to all the mums out there who are getting all their love and appreciation from their kids, and I hope, when you’re a kid, a child of somebody, show your mum you love her, because it means everything.”

    Audio / Travis Denning talks about what he and his Mom have in common.


    Travis Denning (Mother’s Day) OC: …like crazy. :29
    “You know, my favorite thing about my mom, especially as I get older, is realizing how much me and her have in common. I just love that she’s passionate about music. She loves it. I mean, she’s turned me on to a lot of artists, but at the core like she’s still Mom. She reminds me to do things and does these things which that I couldn’t live without. I love that we get to be friends, we get to be best friends, but at the same time, she’s still Mom and she still loves me and my sister like crazy.”


    Carrie Underwood leads the list of nominees for this year’s CMT Music Awards nominations with four. Jason Aldean and Florida Georgia Line also have four nods as well. Carrie is nominated for Female Video, Collaborative Video and overall Video of the Year for “The Champion,” as well as for the CMT Performance of the Year Award for her performance with Keith Urban on “The Fighter” at last year’s CMT Music Awards.


    Little Big Town, who have been announced as hosts for the show, have three nominations, including Group Video of the Year for “When Someone Stops Loving You,” as well as two entries in the CMT Performance of the Year category for “Stand Up for Something” at the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year show, which also featured Andra Day, Common, Lee Ann Womack and Danielle Bradbery; as well as for “I Won’t Back Down” with Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton and Jason Aldean at the 2017 CMT Artists of the Year show.
    The 2018 CMT Music Awards, hosted by Little Big Town, will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena June 6th at 8pm ET. You can vote now at CMT.com until June 4th.



    Male Video of the Year

    Blake Shelton — “I’ll Name the Dogs”
    Dustin Lynch — “Small Town Boy”
    Jason Aldean — “You Make It Easy”
    Jon Pardi — “Heartache on the Dance Floor”
    Luke Bryan — “Light It Up”
    Thomas Rhett — “Marry Me”

    Female Video of the Year

    Carly Pearce — “Every Little Thing”
    Carrie Underwood — “The Champion”
    Kelsea Ballerini — “Legends”
    Lauren Alaina — “Doin’ Fine”
    Maren Morris — “I Could Use a Love Song”
    Miranda Lambert — “Tin Man” (from 2017 ACM Awards)

    Duo Video of the Year

    Big & Rich — “Califorinia”
    Brothers Osborne — “It Ain’t My Fault”
    Dan + Shay — “Tequila”
    Florida Georgia Line — “Smooth”
    High Valley — “She’s with Me”
    Tim McGraw & Faith Hill — “Speak to a Girl”

    Group Video of the Year

    Lady Antebellum — “You Look Good”
    LANCO — “Greatest Love Story”
    Little Big Town — “When Someone Stops Loving You”
    Midland — “Make a Little”
    Old Dominion — “No Such Thing as a Broken Heart”
    Rascal Flatts — “Yours If You Want It”
    Zac Brown Band — “My Old Man”


    Breakthrough Video of the Year
    Carly Pearce — “Every Little Thing”
    Danielle Bradbery — “Sway”
    Devin Dawson — “All on Me”
    LANCO — “Greatest Love Story”
    Russell Dickerson — “Yours”
    Walker Hayes — “You Broke Up with Me”

    Collaborative Video of the Year

    Bebe Rex featuring Florida Georgia Line — “Meant to Be”
    Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris– “The Champion”
    Cole Swindell featuring Dierks Bentley — “Flatliner”
    Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton — “Say Something”
    Kane Brown featuring Lauren Alaina — “What Ifs”
    Thomas Rhett featuring Maren Morris — “Craving You”

    CMT Performance of the Year

    Andra Day, Common, Little Big Town, Lee Ann Womack and Danielle Bradbery — “Stand Up for Something” (2017 CMT Artists of the Year)
    Backstreet Boys and Florida Georgia Line — “Everybody” (CMT Crossroads)
    Charles Kelley, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and Derek Trucks — “Midnight Rider” (2017 CMT Music Awards)
    Earth Wind & Fire and Lady Antebellum — “September” (CMT Crossroads)
    Jason Aldean, Keith Urban, Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town — “I Won’t Back Down” (2017 CMT Artists of the Year)
    Keith Urban featuring Carrie Underwood — “The Fighter” (2017 CMT Music Awards)

    Video of the Year 

    Bebe Rexa featuring Florida Georgia Line — “Meant to Be”
    Blake Shelton — “I’ll Name the Dogs”
    Brett Young — “Mercy”
    Brothers Osborne — “It Ain’t My Fault”
    Carrie Underwood featuring Ludacris– “The Champion”
    Dan + Shay — “Tequila”
    Jason Aldean — “You Make It Easy”
    Justin Timberlake featuring Chris Stapleton — “Say Something”
    Kane Brown featuring Lauren Alaina — “What Ifs”
    Kelsea Ballerini — “Legends”
    Luke Combs — “When It Rains It Pours”
    Thomas Rhett — “Marry Me”



    (Photo credit: Randee St. Nicholas)

    MAY 7, 2018 – Carrie Underwood will return to American Idol as a superstar guest mentor on Sunday, May 13 (airing live on ABC 8:00 PM Eastern/7:00 PM Central/5:00 PM Pacific).  Her appearance was announced during Idol’s live show on Sunday, May 6, along with a worldwide exclusive look at her new music video for the lead single and title track from her forthcoming album, Cry Pretty.  The full video can now be viewed HERE.

    The top five contestants, consisting of Gabby Barrett, Cade Foehner, Caleb Lee Hutchinson, Maddie Poppe and Michael J. Woodard, will perform songs from the Carrie Underwood songbook on next week’s live show, following a special mentoring session with her during a surprise trip to Nashville.  Underwood will also perform her hit single, “Cry Pretty,” which Underwood co-wrote and co-produced, and debuted in its first week sales at #1 in the U.S. all-genres, topping the iTunes Top Songs charts in 12 countries.  The new album – her first for Capitol Records Nashville – will be released on September 14, marking the first time she has co-produced her own album.

    Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time Grammy® Award winner, she has sold over 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 2.6 billion times worldwide.  She has won 12 American Music Awards, 17 CMT Music Awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards, 6 CMA Awards, and is the first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year.  She recently took home her 14th career ACM Award for Vocal Event of the Year for “The Fighter,” her collaboration with Keith Urban.

    In 2013, Underwood starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers.  Her 2015 platinum studio album, Storyteller, produced four #1 hits.  In 2015, she launched and is lead designer for her fitness and lifestyle brand, CALIA by Carrie Underwood, which is exclusively available at DICK’S Sporting Goods nationwide and online at www.caliastudio.com.  2017 marked her fifth season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and last November she co-hosted the CMA Awards for the tenth consecutive year.  This year, Carrie celebrates 10 years as a proud Grand Ole Opry member and she released the hit event anthem she co-wrote, “The Champion” featuring Ludacris, which opened NBC’s Super Bowl LII and was incorporated into the network’s coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.






    Twitter: @carrieunderwood

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    Carrie Underwood picked up the award for Female Video of the Year for “The Champion” at Wednesday night’s CMT Music Awards. This was her 18th win at the Awards show, the most of any artist in the show’s history.

    Carrie co-wrote “The Champion” last year with fellow songwriters Brett James, Chris DeStefano and Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris, who Underwood asked to collaborate on the event song produced by Jim Jonsin. “The Champion,” originally written to open NBC’s Super Bowl LII with its own video seen by over 131 million viewers worldwide, and was incorporated into NBC’s current coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Globally, “The Champion” reached No. 1 on the iTunes Top Songs chart in 10 countries including the U.S. where it held the top spot throughout its release week then rose back to the top of the chart for four consecutive days after the Super Bowl LII opening. The song also debuted Top 5 on the all-genre Top 200 Digital Songs chart and reached No. 7 on the Spotify US Viral 50 Chart.

    Carrie will release her new album, Cry Pretty, September 14th. It features the title track which is currently  making its way up the country charts.



    “The Champion,” originally written to open NBC’s Super Bowl LII with its own video seen by over 131 million viewers worldwide, and was incorporated into NBC’s current coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Globally, “The Champion” has reached No. 1 on the iTunes Top Songs chart in 10 countries including the U.S. where it held the top spot throughout its release week then rose back to the top of the chart for four consecutive days after the Super Bowl LII opening. The song also debuted Top 5 on the all-genre Top 200 Digital Songs chart and reached No. 7 on the Spotify US Viral 50 Chart.

    Video / The Champion Official video


    Carrie Underwood premiered the video for “Cry Pretty” during American Idol on Sunday night (May 6th).

    Carrie co-wrote “Cry Pretty” with the “Love Junkies” (Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose). The song will be the title track from her forthcoming album, Cry Pretty.

    Carrie will perform the song as she makes her return to Idol May 13th.



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    Audio / LINER Sam Hunt (Mother's Day)


    Audio / LINER Shania Twain (Mother's Day)


    Audio / LINER Travis Denning





    Carrie Underwood posted on social media Sunday night’s episode of ABC’s American Idol will show a sneak peek of her new video for “Cry Pretty.”




    Carrie Underwood has high hopes for the Nashville Predators, a team which includes her husband Mike Fisher. Last year, the Preds went to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time, and she thinks 2018 is going to be a big playoff for the team, as well.

    “I think this year is definitely going to be another one for the books, and I think they’re going to be amazing and play amazing,” says Carrie. “Whatever they do, they’re just gonna give it their all, so hopefully, that leads them back to another Stanley Cup Final round, but we’ll see. But I know they’re excited.”

    The Nashville Predators have made it to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, which has them hitting the ice against the Winnipeg Jets. They’re down 2-1 in the series and are set to play Game 4 on Thursday (May 3rd) in Winnipeg.  Carrie brought the team good luck when she performed the Anthem on Sunday at Game 2 as they won the game in double overtime.

    Carrie is making her way up the country charts with her new song, “Cry Pretty,” which is the title cut from her upcoming album, due September 14th.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about the Nashville Predators and what this year of playoffs will be like for the NHL team.


    Carrie Underwood (Preds this year) OC: …they’re excited. :19
    “I think this year is definitely going to be another one for the books, and I think they’re going to be amazing and play amazing. Whatever they do, they’re just gonna give it their all, so hopefully, that leads them back to another Stanley Cup Final round, but we’ll see. But I know they’re excited.”


    Carrie Underwood and hosts Little Big Town have been added to the list of performers at this year’s CMT Music Awards, in addition to Dan + Shay and Florida Georgia Line. A few special collaborations have been announced for the show, as well. Dierks Bentley will perform with tour mates Brothers Osborne and Darius Rucker will be joined by tour mate Charles Kelley (Lady Antebellum), Luke Bryan and Jason Aldean.

    Carrie has four nominations, including Female Video of the Year, Video of the Year and Collaborative Video of the Year for “The Champion” featuring Ludacris. She’s also nominated for CMT Performance of the Year with Keith Urban for “The Fighter” at last year’s CMT Music Awards.

    The members of Little Big Town are up for two awards, including Group Video of the Year for “When Someone Stops Loving You” and CMT Performance for “Stand Up for Something” with Andra Day, Common, Lee Ann Womack and Danielle Bradbery for last year’s Artists of the Year special.

    They join previously announced performers Chris Stapleton, Sam Hunt, Luke, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and Kelsea Ballerini.

    The 2018 CMT Music Awards will air live from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville June 6th at 8pm ET on CMT.