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Carrie Underwood


On November 17th, fans of Carrie Underwood will get what they’ve been asking for, to experience her highly successful Storyteller TourStories in the Round again, with the digital release of the live concert filmed at her sold-out Madison Square Garden show.  2016’s top touring country female of the year took her critically-acclaimed world tour across nine countries, playing more than 100 shows for over one million fans. Carrie Underwood: The Storyteller Tour – Stories In The Round, Live from Madison Square Garden will be available digitally on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Qello.

“We had the best time on ‘The Storyteller Tour’ performing for the fans last year,” said the reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year. “The amazing production and 360-degree stage let me get closer to them than ever before.  I saw so many of their social media posts asking for a release of the show and we knew we had to do it.  I’m so happy to get this out and relive the most fun I’ve ever had on tour!”

“The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round” received rave reviews for its massive in-the-round 360-degree stage production as well as Carrie’s command of it.

“…the in-the-round setting provides each concert goer with the best experience possible. Simpler still is the storytelling aspect of the show and country music’s reliance on conveying memorable stories in song.”-

“The most stunning part of the production however, remains Underwood’s voice, strong and nuanced.” – The Boston Globe

“Lasers and swaying spotlights and fireworks and explosions all added to the spectacle. But make no mistake, Underwood was the star of the show.” – Florida Times-Union

“…one of the strongest and most engaging performers in today’s music.” – Pittsburgh Tribune

“Carrie has developed a fantastic stage show … that manages to be both visually dazzling and intimate at the same time.”- Country music historian Bob Oermann

“Up-tempo or ballad, Underwood makes sure that every song has its moment – and it’s clear that now is hers.” – The Tennessean

The tour travelled over 50,000 miles among 18 trucks and 8 buses across North America. Each show consisted of 112 automation cues controlling all elements of the 150 foot-long in-the-round stage including 7 stage elevators, 3 rings of video screen, a revolving central stage, and mirror ball, through 56 axes of motion. The tour used over 51,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, and dropped over 400 pounds of Mylar. Carrie’s wardrobe, created by Emmy-winning costume designer Marina Toybina, consisted of 32 custom made costumes and 214 pieces of jewelry, allowing for different outfit combinations across the show’s 5 Acts in each city. The tour’s Creative Director was Barry Lather (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Usher, Michael Jackson) and Butch Allen (Metallica, The Eagles, Eric Church, No Doubt) was the Production & Lighting Designer.

The Carrie Underwood: The Storyteller Tour – Stories In The Round, Live from Madison Square Garden set list is as follows, which includes 17 of her 26 #1 singles:

Renegade Runaway

Last Name/Somethin’ Bad

Undo It

Good Girl

Church Bells

Cowboy Casanova


Jesus, Take the Wheel


Blown Away

Two Black Cadillacs

Dirty Laundry

Choctaw County Affair

I Will Always Love You

What I Never Knew I Always Wanted

Mountain Music (featuring Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers)

Clock Don’t Stop

All-American Girl

Little Toy Guns

Before He Cheats

Smoke Break

Something in the Water


About Carrie Underwood:
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 amassed over 100 major honors, sold 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. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized by Pollstar as the top female country touring artist for each of her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, 2012, and for 2016’s The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round.” Carrie also topped Billboard’s Top 25 Tours of 2016 as the leading female country artist and was the leading female artist on Country Aircheck’s top country radio performers list for her success in both 2015 and 2016. All five studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, Blown Away, and Storyteller – are certified Platinum or multi-Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Favorite Country Album – and tallied an incredible 40 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart.  The RIAA’s highest certified country album artist to debut this century, Underwood also holds the distinction of the highest album certification of any country artist to emerge since 2000 with the 8x Multi-Platinum success of her 2005 debut, Some Hearts.  She is the all-time Top Country Artist (male or female) on RIAA’s Digital Single Ranking, also placing her among the Top 5 females in the history of RIAA’s Digital Single Program across all genres.  In December of 2014, she released her Platinum-certified Greatest Hits: Decade #1, which produced two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood, including the RIAA-Platinum, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water.” The Grand Ole Opry member demonstrated her creative diversity in 2013 starring 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. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Underwood claimed her fourth win in the category amid the ongoing success of her chart-topping platinum fifth studio album, Storyteller, which produced four #1 hits. This fall Underwood has returned for the fifth season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and in November she will co-host the CMA Awards for a tenth consecutive year where she is again nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Audio / Carrie Underwood explains why she wanted to release her Storyteller Tour.


Carrie Underwood (releasing Storyteller Tour) OC: …amazing moments. :57
“I wanted to release the Storyteller Tour to the world, because I’m so proud of it. We just had such a blast being out for so long and being able to interact with the fans. It was just such a fun show for us on stage, and the crowd sure looked like they were having fun. So, we always film every show just kinda to have for our archives, and after the tour was long gone, I kept getting tweets and social media and Facebook posts and things like that saying how much the fans missed it, so we had to [laughs] basically. The fans willed it to happen. It’s been so much fun reliving the show, and I just hope everybody that came, or even that didn’t get to come, can check it out and just kind of relive some amazing moments.”

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about selling out Madison Square Garden on her Storyteller Tour.


Carrie Underwood (selling out MSG Storyteller) OC: …great crowd. 1:31
“Madison Square Garden, it’s such a dream to be able to play there anyway, just from the prestige and historical value of it, you know? You just played MSG – it’s like, ‘Wow! I’ve made it!’ To have that show be sold-out was just absolutely incredible. Go big or go home, right? [laughs] Playing Madison Square Garden, it wouldn’t be nearly as much fun if there were only just a couple of people in the audience, but no, we had a sold-out crowd, and it was such an amazing energy from that room and from that crowd. You always kind of wonder when you go to areas of the country that might not have really grown up listening to country music like I did being from Oklahoma, it just kind of reminds you that country music really is universal and it’s relatable. No matter where you are from or how you grew up, people just want to come and hear great music and see a great show, and that’s what we wanted to deliver. To record, to film that night in particular, it was just so special, and I was so glad that we got to do that for our own sakes, but also now to be able to give that to the fans. Hopefully all of that energy and that amazing-ness at MSG translates. I think it did, but hopefully the people can just watch it and be like, ‘Wow! What an amazing show and what a great crowd.’”

Audio / Carrie Underwood talks about the benefits of playing in the round.


Carrie Underwood (playing in the round) OC: …singing along. :51
“It was amazing being in the round and having our 360-degree stage because it allowed me to see everybody and everything. Just having all of the energy from the crowd hitting us from every angle, seeing faces. We didn’t just see four or five rows in front of us and kinda hear the people that were in the back. It was like everybody had a great seat, everybody we could get to, we could sing to and play to. So, it was just a really amazing experience for us being on stage every night in the middle of all that energy, and we’d be able to give it right back to the audience. So, it just kind of took it to a whole other level having that stage in the round and just being able to see faces and hear voices from everywhere just singing along.”