• CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND LITTLE BIG TOWN HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE LIST OF PERFORMERS FOR THIS YEAR’S CMT MUSIC AWARDS.

    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.

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND DIERKS BENTLEY SURPRISE THE CROWD AT THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF GAMES AGAINST THE WINNIPEG JETS.

    Carrie Underwood showed up to support the Nashville Predators (and husband Mike Fisher) and surprised the crowd by performing the National Anthem before Game 2 of the second round Stanley Cup Playoffs series against Winnipeg at Bridgestone Arena Sunday (April 29th).  She must have been a good luck charm, since the Preds bounced back from a loss to the Jets on Friday with a thrilling 5-4 double overtime win on Sunday to tie the series 1-1.

    Dierks Bentley teamed up with bluegrass legend Del McCoury to perform the Anthem prior to Game 1 on Friday.

    Already this season of playoffs has seen Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and Maren Morris performing the anthem in the first round against Colorado.

    Last year was unprecedented with the Preds in the Stanley Cup Finals. Dierks Bentley, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Little Big TownTrisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson, Martina McBride  and Faith Hill were the surprise Anthem performers.

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS A HUGE SUPPORTER OF THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS.

    Carrie Underwood is a card-carrying Nashville Predators fans and is happy to let people know how much she supports the team. Her husband, Mike Fisher, came out of retirement this year to play once again for the NHL team. Last year during the Stanley Cup Finals, people around the world found out how much the team is loved by Nashville.

    “I think going to the Stanley Cup Finals last year was such a confidence booster. I mean, nobody expected them to make it as far as they did. I did, but [laughs] nobody else. We seem to be the underdogs in every single situation,” says Carrie. “And seeing Mike and hearing Mike talking about those guys and how much talent was on the ice and how much they had in them, it wasn’t surprising to me at all that they made it to the finals last year.

    Carrie found it surprising there were people who didn’t know Nashville was more than just a music town.

    “It was amazing to me and surprising to me that people didn’t know Nashville’s a hockey town. I would even do interviews, and they were like, ‘Oh, everybody’s jumping on the bandwagon.’ I’m like, ‘No. There’s no bandwagon. That arena is full every single game.’ So, to see the town like really get out and show everybody how much support they have behind the Predators was incredible, and for people all around the country to see how much Nashville loves the Predators was just incredible. And the town was absolutely electric the few weeks leading up to the final, especially during that last week or so. To see 100,000 people lining Broadway, I mean, that was incredible, so let’s do it again.”

    The Predators defeat Avalanche 5-0 in Game 6 to advance to Round 2. They’ll play the Winnipeg Jets who they will host in Game 1 at Bridgestone Arena at a yet-to-be-announced date.

    Carrie just released her new single, “Cry Pretty,” the title track from her upcoming album, set for release September 14th.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood wasn’t surprised the Nashville Predators made it to the Stanley Cup Finals last year.

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    Carrie Underwood (Preds Stanley Cup Playoff) OC: …last year. :25
    “I think going to the Stanley Cup Finals last year was such a confidence booster. I mean, nobody expected them to make it as far as they did. I did, but [laughs] nobody else. We seem to be the underdogs in every single situation. And seeing Mike and hearing Mike talking about those guys and how much talent was on the ice and how much they had in them, it wasn’t surprising to me at all that they made it to the finals last year.”

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about Nashville being a hockey town and how much Music City supports the Nashville Predators.

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    Carrie Underwood (Nashville a hockey town) OC: …do it again. [laughs] :47
    “It was amazing to me and surprising to me that people didn’t know Nashville’s a hockey town. I would even do interviews, and they were like, ‘Oh, everybody’s jumping on the bandwagon.’ I’m like, ‘No. There’s no bandwagon. That arena is full every single game.’ So, to see the town like really get out and show everybody how much support they have behind the Predators was incredible, and for people all around the country to see how much Nashville loves the Predators was just incredible. and the town was absolutely electric the few weeks leading up to the final especially during that last week or so. To see 100,000 people lining Broadway, I mean, that was incredible, so let’s do it again.” [laughs]

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE DATE FOR HER NEW ALBUM, CRY PRETTY.

    Multi-platinum global superstar Carrie Underwood will release Cry Pretty, her first studio album on Capitol Records Nashville on September 14th.  The title track and lead single was released worldwide on April 11th and is the most added song at Country radio this week.  “Cry Pretty” has already topped the iTunes Top Songs charts in 12 countries and quickly racked up over 1.3 million streams in the U.S. with only two days of reporting. In addition to co-writing the single with Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna, and Liz Rose (aka The Love Junkies), Carrie is co-producing her album with fellow writer/producer David Garcia.

    Underwood says, “At this point in my career, I feel stronger and more creative than ever.  I think you can hear that in this new album.  It’s emotional, it’s soulful, it’s real, and we also have some fun on there too.  I hope everyone loves it as much as I have loved making it.”

    On Sunday night at the 53rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards™, Underwood took home her 14th career ACM Award for Vocal Event of the Year for “The Fighter,” her collaboration with Keith Urban, after bringing the audience to their feet with her emotional performance of “Cry Pretty.”  Billboard ranked the “vocal dynamo” performance as the best of the night, touting “this is how you do an award show performance” while Rolling Stone noted that Underwood “channeled her inner country-soul diva” during the “knockout rendition.”

    Underwood, who is a seven-time Grammy Award winner, gives fans an intimate look inside her recording and co-producing process for Cry Pretty in this exclusive album trailer.

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    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 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote.  In 2013, the Grand Ole Opry member 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 latest platinum studio album, Storyteller, produced four #1 hits.  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.  Earlier this year, she released the hit event anthem “The Champion” featuring Ludacris, which she wrote with Brett James, Chris DeStefano and Christopher Bridges PKA Ludacris and was produced by Jim Jonsin to open NBC’s Super Bowl and was incorporated into NBC’s coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games.

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    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about being a producer on her upcoming album, Cry Pretty.

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    Carrie Underwood (producing new album) OC: …proud of. :58
    “The Cry Pretty album is the first time I’ve put myself into having the title of producer. I’ve been so lucky with all of my other projects just been surrounded by people that very much wanted my opinion creatively in every aspect and they’ve listened to what I wanted, because at the end of the day it’s my name, it’s my music. So, I’ve been very lucky, and it just seemed to be the next step to kind of take even more ownership over my music and my art and be a producer on the album. I’ve been lucky enough to work with David Garcia who’s an incredible songwriter and producer, and I’ve learned so much through working with him. So, it’s been a wonderful process and it’s given me something, another step creatively to take that I’m very proud of.”

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  • KEITH URBAN AND CARRIE UNDERWOOD WIN FOR ACM VOCAL EVENT OF THE YEAR FOR ‘THE FIGHTER.’

    Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood pick up the ACM Vocal Event of the Year Award for “The Fighter,” which they recorded for Keith’s 2016 album, Ripcord. The song topped the country charts last August.

    “It was a really simple idea that you’re in a relationship, at the beginning of the relationship, and in my case, the girl is saying, she just wants reassurance, and I thought I’d love to hear that in a song where the girl says really simple things, like ‘What if I fall?’ And the guy’s like, ‘I won’t let you fall?’ ‘And if I cry?’ ‘I’ll never make you cry.’ ‘And if I get scared?’ The guy says, ‘I’ll hold you tighter, and when they’re trying to get to you, I’ll be the fighter,’” says Keith. “I just liked the simplicity of all that, because that’s been my experience. More often than not, the more real, simple scenario is pretty universal.”

    Keith has hit the country charts with his latest hit, “Coming Home,” from his upcoming Graffiti U album, set for release April 27th.

    Carrie has just released her new single, “Cry Pretty.”

    Audio / Keith Urban explains the simple and realistic story behind his award-winning hit, “The Fighter,” with Carrie Underwood.

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    Keith Urban (The Fighter) 2 OC: …pretty universal. :37
    “It was a really simple idea that you’re in a relationship, at the beginning of the relationship, and in my case, the girl is saying, she just wants reassurance, and I thought I’d love to hear that in a song where the girl says really simple things, like ‘What if I fall?’ And the guy’s like, ‘I won’t let you fall?’ ‘And if I cry?’ ‘I’ll never make you cry.’ ‘And if I get scared?’ The guy says, ‘I’ll hold you tighter, and when they’re trying to get to you, I’ll be the fighter.’ I just liked the simplicity of all that, because that’s been my experience. More often than not, the more real, simple scenario is pretty universal.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS EXTREMELY SUPPORTIVE OF HER HUSBAND’S DECISION TO RETURN TO THE NASHVILLE PREDATORS.

    Carrie Underwood’s husband, Mike Fisher, announced his retirement after the NHL’s Nashville Predators went to the Stanley Cup last year, and then announced his return earlier this year. She said after he revealed he was going back to play hockey for the Preds, she received some pretty funny texts from friends.

    “After Mike announced that he was going back to play for the Predators, I got so many text messages, like ‘Couldn’t stand to have him home any more, could you? Ha ha ha ha.” I found that so funny because, honestly, he was just as busy when he wasn’t playing for them as he was when he was playing with the Predators,” says Carrie. “But I was very supportive and encouraging and maybe a little bit pushy, honestly, to get him to go back to play for them. I’m like, ‘Omigosh! This team is incredible. These fans are incredible. This town is incredible. One more run, baby. Come on. You can do it.’”

    She was very supportive of his decision, adding, “Definitely understanding that I don’t know the physical aspects or what it takes to be a hockey player, it’s got to be a lot. But I, in the end, wanted him to do what would make him happy and ultimately what he felt like he was being led to do. I guess he felt like he was led to play one last time; one more playoff, so here we go.”

    In Round One Game One on Thursday night, the Predators topped the Avalanche, 5-2, to take a 1-0 series lead.

    Carrie just released her new single, “Cry Pretty,” which she’ll perform for the first time on the ACM Awards this Sunday (April 15th). Carrie is up for two awards – Female Vocalist of the Year and Vocal Event of the Year for “The Fighter” with Keith Urban.

    The 53rd Annual ACM Awards, hosted by Reba McEntire, will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about husband Mike Fisher returning to the Nashville Predators this season.

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    Carrie Underwood (Mike Fisher going back to Preds) OC: …here we go. :58
    “It’s so funny. After Mike announced that he was going back to play for the Predators, I got so many text messages, like ‘Couldn’t stand to have him home any more, could you? Ha ha ha ha.” I found that so funny because honestly, he was just as busy when he wasn’t playing for them as he was when he was playing with the Predators. But I was very supportive and encouraging and maybe a little bit pushy, honestly, to get him to go back to play for them. I’m like, ‘Omigosh! This team is incredible. These fans are incredible. This town is incredible. One more run, baby. Come on. You can do it.’ You know, definitely understanding that I don’t know the physical aspects or what it takes to be a hockey player. It’s got to be, it’s got to be a lot, but I, in the end, wanted him to do what would make him happy and ultimately what he felt like he was being led to do. I guess he felt like he was led to play one last time; one more playoff, so here we go.”

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD RELEASES HER NEW SINGLE, ‘CRY PRETTY.’

    Carrie Underwood has released her new single, “Cry Pretty,” which she co-wrote with the Love Junkies (hit songwriters Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose) and co-produced with David Garcia.

    Carrie felt excited about the new song after leaving the writing session. “Hillary came in with the title and a few lines and we all just loved it,” said Carrie. “I mean we’re all women in different places in our lives and kind of have all lived different lives and from different places, but we all love music and we all love sharing our heart in our music. Off we went,” says Carrie. “I left that day so excited and feeling so good about and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, as an artist and also as a producer. So, it’s come a long way since the day we wrote it, but it’s something I’m very proud of.”

    Carrie is nominated for Female Vocalist and for Vocal Event of the Year along with Keith Urban for “The Fighter.” The 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Carrie posted a note to her fans on Tuesday (April 10th) to update them on what’s been happening the last few months, including her new song, “The Champion,” how she’s recovering from her accident (“about 90% there”), her husband Mike Fisher coming out of retirement to play for the Nashville Predators again and much more. Read it here.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about writing her new song “Cry Pretty” with The Love Junkies (Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose and Lori McKenna).

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    Carrie Underwood (writing Cry Pretty) OC: …proud of. :44
    “‘Cry Pretty’ all started when I had a writing day with and Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose and Lori McKenna, aka The Love Junkies. And Hillary came in with the title and a few lines and we all just loved it. I mean we’re all women in different places in our lives and kind of have all lived different lives and from different places, but we all love music and we all love you know sharing our heart in your music. Off we went.  I left that day so excited and feeling so good about and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, as an artist and also as a producer. So, it’s come a long way since the day we wrote it, but it’s something I’m very proud of.”

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  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD IS LOOKING FORWARD TO DEBUTING HER NEW SONG ON THE ACM AWARDS.

    Carrie Underwood is set to perform her new single “Cry Pretty” at Sunday night’s (April 15th) ACM Awards. She releases the song to radio this morning, and while she’s thrilled to debut it on the show this weekend, she’s also a little bit nervous, as well.

    “I am super-excited to perform ‘Cry Pretty’ on the ACMs. I’ll definitely admit that I’m a little bit nervous too, just because it’s something that we’ve been working on and it’s kinda like that week, it’s gonna be like, ‘Here’s the single. Here it is. I hope you like it. Now I’m gonna perform it a few days later.’ I mean I just really hope – I know fans seem to be really excited because we’ve been kind of hinting at things to come, and I just want to go out there and just lay it all out there, and hopefully just set up the rest of the album and I just hope people are into it.”

    Previously announced ACM Awards performers include Lauren AlainaJason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke BryanKenny ChesneyKelly ClarksonFlorida Georgia LineAlan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland,Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Bebe RexhaThomas RhettBlake Shelton, Keith Urban and Brett Young.

    Carrie is nominated for Female Vocalist and for Vocal Event of the Year along with Keith Urban for “The Fighter.” The 53rd annual Academy of Country Music Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.

    Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about performing her new single, "Cry Pretty," at this year's ACM Awards.

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    Carrie Underwood (performing on the ACMs) OC: …into it. [laughs]
    “I am super-excited to perform ‘Cry Pretty’ on the ACMs. I’ll definitely admit that I’m a little bit nervous too, just because it’s something that we’ve been working on and it’s kinda like that week, it’s gonna be like, ‘Here’s the single. Here it is. I hope you like it. Now I’m gonna perform it a few days later.’ I mean I just really hope – I know fans seem to be really excited because we’ve been kind of hinting at things to come, and I just want to go out there and just lay it all out there, and hopefully just set up the rest of the album and I just hope people are into it.” [laughs]

  • CARRIE UNDERWOOD WILL PERFORM LIVE DURING THE ACM AWARDS.

    The Academy of Country Music® revealed today that 13-time ACM Award® winner Carrie Underwood will perform the world television premiere of her soon-to-be-released single live on the ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS, joining a star-studded lineup of performers and presenters. Carrie is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year as well as Vocal Event of the Year for “The Fighter” with Keith Urban.

    Previously announced ACM Awards performers include Lauren AlainaJason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, Kane Brown, Luke BryanKenny ChesneyKelly ClarksonFlorida Georgia LineAlan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Midland,Maren Morris, Jon Pardi, Bebe RexhaThomas RhettBlake Shelton, Keith Urban and Brett Young.

    Previously announced presenters include David BoreanazDrew Brees, AJ Buckley,Cam, Sam Elliot, Eve, Ashton Kutcher, Dustin Lynch, Nancy O’DellRebecca Romijn, Max Thieriot and Lindsey Vonn.

    The 53rd ACM Awards will broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas April 15th at 8pm ET on CBS.

  • NEWS AND NOTES: Luke, Jon, Lady A, Carrie, Josh, Vince, Strait, Eric

    Luke Bryan is making the media rounds this week. He’ll appear on ABC’s Good Morning America, Live With Kelly and Ryan and Late Night With Seth Meyers on Tuesday (March 6th), followed by an appearance on ABC’s The View on Thursday (March 8th)

    Jon Pardi will perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday (March 6th).

    Songs from Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Vince Gill, George Strait, Eric Paslay and many others will be included in the new collection, NOW That’s What I Call Country – Songs of Inspiration. The compilation features inspirational songs from some of country music’s biggest stars and will be released March 16th.

     

    NOW That’s What I Call Country – Songs of Inspiration Track List:

    1. Lady Antebellum – “Hello World”
    2. Tim McGraw – “Touchdown Jesus”
    3. Carrie Underwood – “Jesus, Take The Wheel”
    4. Rascal Flatts – “Bless the Broken Road”
    5. Josh Turner – “Long Black Train”
    6. Alison Krauss – “Down To The River To Pray”
    7. Vince Gill – “Go Rest High On That Mountain”
    8. George Strait – “I Believe”
    9. Alabama – “Angels Among Us”
    10. Brad Paisley featuring Dolly Parton- “When I Get Where I ‘m Going”
    11. Eric Paslay – “Deep As It Is Wide”
    12. Phil Vassar – “This Is God”
    13. Chris Young – “The Man I Want To Be”
    14. Craig Morgan – “God Must Really Love Me”
    15. Brooks and Dunn – “Believe”
    16. Martina McBride – “God’s Will”