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Posted on Aug 11th, 2012 by Mel » Filed In: Articles & Interviews

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Hey, New York. Whatever you have going on Thursday (Aug. 16), cancel it. If you have to work, it might be a good day to call in sick. If you have kids, it’s probably time to get a babysitter. Because Carrie Underwood is coming to the city and would love to have you in her audience. Just answer some questions, like your favorite Underwood song, why you’re such a fan and why you belong in the audience for this super-intimate concert. (That first question would be a tough call, though. “Songs Like This”? “Good Girl”? “I Know You Won’t”? “Two Black Cadillacs”? “Quitter”? “We’re Young and Beautiful”? I’d literally change my mind a hundred times if I was entering.) The concert is being taped for a VH1 special, so if you’re camera shy, this may not be the show for you. But if it sounds like the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity it is, just send an email with all your information and your picture to Gotham Casting and they’ll do the rest.


Posted on Aug 11th, 2012 by Mel » Filed In: Articles & Interviews

Carrie Underwood headlined two shows at the Grand Ole Opry on August 4th in Nashville, and both shows appeared to be solid sell out crowds. That’s no surprise considering just how immensely popular, talented and beloved Underwood is by her fans and the Opry community. Underwood was not the only performer of the evening, of course, and the 7pm show was rounded out with performances by Jimmy Dickens, Jeannie Seely, Andy Gibson, Jim Ed Brown, Bucky Covington, Jeff & Sheri Easter, Riders In The Sky, Jean Shepard, Love and Theft and Bill Anderson. The Opry Square Dancers also made an appearance to entertain the crowd. The 9pm show featured the same lineup with the addition of Stu Phillips and a different order of appearance.

The Opry isn’t just a concert in a historic building, it’s also the longest running radio show around. After each performer’s set there was a pause for commercial announcements that gave the stage hands time to prepare for the next act. It was an interesting experience to see everyone working together to get the job done in a short amount of time, and impressive to say the least at how precise the timing was handled.

At the 7pm show Underwood took the stage during the last 30 minute portion of the concert and played just four songs, but for the time she was onstage and in the circle she completely owned the hearts and minds of everyone in the building. Carrie came out strong with “Flat On The Floor,” and after the rousing rendition of the song from her second CD “Carnival Ride,” Underwood took a moment to harken back to her debut CD after winning American Idol, and performed a poignant version of “Wasted” from her 7 times platinum certified “Some Hearts,” the best selling country CD from the 2000 decade. The show took a turn to a special moment when Underwood next announced her mother was in the audience and that she’d be performing a song that she hadn’t played in so long she had to take a listen earlier in the day to remember the lyrics. Carrie performed “Don’t Forget To Remember Me,” with her mother in mind, and it was one of those Opry moments you hope you get to see again at the Opry’s Youtube channel. Instant classic is a term that comes to mind to explain the experience. To finish off her set, Underwood took the crowd into her current repertoire and performed “Good Girl” from her latest release “Blown Away,” and for what seemed like the first time in her set Underwood moved away from the circle and microphone stand and walked over to the side of the stage for a brief moment to belt out the last lines of her hit song before thanking the crowd and walking off the stage having given the audience everything they’d wished for and more. It was, to say the least, an amazing night at the Opry.

The 9:30pm show offered Carrie fans a chance to see three different songs performed and Underwood took the stage for the second of four half-hour time slots. It was a far different tone than the earlier performance and started out with the new track “Nobody Ever Told You,” from “Blown Away,” and moved into a similarly themed and passionately performed “I Told You So,” that slowed things down for a moment while allowing Underwood to display her vocal prowess in all it’s glory. To end her set Carrie performed another new song entitled “Cupid’s Got A Shotgun,” that playfully turns the tables on the classic Cupid myth and finds Underwood on the run from love while reminding Cupid that she’s “a dang good shot myself.” It was a strong way to end the night with a song that’s an excellent candidate for the third single from “Blown Away.”

For more information about Carrie Underwood and to purchase merchandise please visit www.carrieunderwood.com and for more information about John Schulze Photography please visit https://www.facebook.com/JohnSchulzePhoto or https://www.johnschulze.com/


Posted on Aug 11th, 2012 by Mel » Filed In: Articles & Interviews

Carrie Underwood knew “Blown Away” was her song the moment she heard it from the writers. The Wizard of Oz inspired music video for the song premiered on July 31st and featured Underwood in an intense opening scene.

“When I first heard the song, I just had visions of what I wanted it to be like. And I really wanted it to be a dark Wizard of Oz in 2012 kind of thing,” she shared with CMT Insider.

Underwood played the daughter of an abusive father, and took the opportunity to display some her acting chops.

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She explained, “That was a last-minute thing. We weren’t originally planning to do that, but obviously in getting in there and making the video, it would make sense that father and daughter actually interact at some point.”

Underwood gave credit to the actor who played her onscreen father for the realistic portrayal of the father and daughter scenes.

“He was such a great actor, the guy that played my dad. I felt uncomfortable, to be honest. He was that good because he was so intense and so angry. … There was no script. We went in and acted out the scene the way we thought it might happen. And I actually left with bruises on my arm from when he would grab me and I would pull away. I had finger marks on my arm when I left at the end of the day, so I was like, ‘Wow.’ … It was intense. I wasn’t just imagining it, it was really intense.”

When CMT asked about the potential controversy the video may stir, Underwood insisted that she did not plan for any of it to be controversial.

“That’s not what we were aiming for at all. I try to stay away from controversy in any form or fashion. It was just such a great story and such a mini-movie, listening to the song, and we really wanted to do it justice in the video,” she said.

Underwood’s tiny bruises are nothing compared to the great feedback she has received.


Posted on Aug 11th, 2012 by Mel » Filed In: Articles & Interviews

If you saw Brad Paisley in concert this summer (or last), depending on where you sat, you may have thought that Carrie Underwood was live and in the flesh at the show to perform her duet “Remind Me” with Brad.

In all of those cases, you were seeing a hologram of Carrie, which looked VERY REAL, in person.

However, if you were at the Grand Ole Opry recently to see Brad Paisley in concert, you were in luck!

Carrie Underwood emerged from the shadow of stage left to perform with Brad, looking stunning in a lavender dress and very high heels.

Check out the video of the performance, below.


Posted on Aug 11th, 2012 by Mel » Filed In: Articles & Interviews

On July 31, Carrie Underwood spent a day with many patients at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Carrie took part in a program called Country Music Healing Tour, a partnership between Boston radio station WKLB and the hospital.

The tour introduces patients to country music artists and allows them to spend time together. Carrie spent time in the medical/surgical and pediatric bone marrow transplant units. She autographed CDs for all of the kids and sang “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” by special request made by a two-year old.

“We are so grateful to Carrie for partnering with us to bring this one-of-a-kind experience to the children and families at Floating Hospital,” said WKLB Program Director Mike Brophey. “This is a very special opportunity for us to participate in a small way in the healing process of the hospital’s pediatric patients, and the generosity of Country performers like Carrie Underwood is what makes it possible.”

Carrie also took to her Twitter to share a video of a special little girl that she met during her visit. “Met a brave young lady and fellow songwriter today named Chloi. Such a positive spirit! So sweet!”

To see the video, click below:


Posted on Jul 21st, 2012 by Mel » Filed In: Articles & Interviews

Carrie Underwood, Mike Fisher

Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are celebrating their second wedding anniversary today, July 10, 2012. The couple snuck away to a plantation in Georgia for the July ceremony back in 2010. They had to fit the date around both the hockey star’s NHL schedule, and the country queen’s touring schedule — that’s no easy task.

“Happy anniversary @carrieunderwood!” Fisher tweeted on Tuesday. “Life is so much better with u in my life! Looking forward to many more!”

Underwood answered back with an equally sweet message. “Happy anniversary to my handsome, sweet, smart, wonderful husband!” she said. “Can’t believe it’s been 2 years! Time flies!”

After a tour of Australia and Europe, the happy couple is stateside to celebrate their romance and take some time off before Underwood’s Blown Away fall tour begins in September. Look back through the last two years and beyond in this collection of pictures from the time Fisher proposed to just last month at the 2012 CMT Music Awards.

See Carrie + Mike: 2 Years of Marriage in Pictures

Posted on Jun 8th, 2012 by kierra » Filed In: Articles & Interviews,Gallery Update

Carrie is the cover girl of Elle Canada’s July issue! I have added scans to the gallery, be sure to check them out, Carrie looks amazing!

Magazine Scans > 2012 > Elle Magazine (Canada) – July 2012

Posted on May 23rd, 2012 by Alicia » Filed In: Articles & Interviews

Ive now added videos and captures from Mike & Carrie’s appearance on Oprah’s Life Chapter the other day. Credit for the video goes to encantadik222. Enjoy. The interview was so good and you can tell both of them are so in love.