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Thread: RS: Inside Country Music's Conflicted Relationship With Religion (Carrie mention)

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    RS: Inside Country Music's Conflicted Relationship With Religion (Carrie mention)

    Inside Country Music's Conflicted Relationship With Religion

    With country in the midst of a never-ending keg party, how does a genre rooted in God keep its Savior in the mix?


    Summer is typically party-jam season in the radio-driven lanes of popular music. Lately, though, mainstream country has been playing host to a year-round throw-down. Beat-driven bangers dominated the top spot on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for more than two-thirds of 2014. The Florida Georgia Line single "Sun Daze" a reggae-doctored soundtrack for poolside high times if ever there was one was released early last fall and reached Number One on the Country Airplay chart this February.


    In the middle of all the carousing, however, Carrie Underwood snuck in with the surging, inspirational single "Something in the Water" and changed radio's choice subject from good times and blowouts to baptism as a symbol of spiritual transformation and self-improvement. Besides briefly bumping boozier fare from atop the country charts, her song crossed over to Top 40 pop and Christian fields, and contemporary praise bands started playing it at evangelical megachurch services. But the success of "Something in the Water" was a devotional exception that proved the reveling rule.


    Read more: Inside Country Music's Conflicted Relationship With Religion | Rolling Stone
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    Love this article. So true about the party bro country crap! And Carrie crept in and cleaned up that hot mess. lol

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    This just shows that Carrie is not one to follow the crowd. Carrie follows her own path and has the power to succeed even if she goes against grain of country radio trends.
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    she sure did tee and I am so proud of her for doing it with such a beautiful song that we all love.

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    Amen, amen, amen!

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    Gosh, I just love this gal!! She definitely marches to the beat of her own drummer!!

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    Love that Carrie does music she wants. That's why she has quality.
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    Carrie has been a trend-maker since she first released JTTW.
    That's one of the things I really love about her: she doesn't play by other rules than her own rules. And she's constantly trying to break them to make herself better.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    One of the things that frustrated me most about the whole industry when I first started following Carrie was the hypocrisy that exists in this very issue.
    I think the fact that SITW has won so many major industry awards but has remained "untouched" by the country industry is a whole story in and of it self as well....!!
    It had huge success, it continued to shed a positive light on country music, it was completely unique, it was praised by critics and fans alike... and went on to be completely ignored by industry voters............ wha...........????
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    one thing, a great thing, that has drawn me to carrie and has kept me a carrie fan for all this time has been her deep faith and relationship with God, and how openly she speaks/sings about it. what an inspiration she has always been, and will always continue to be to so many.
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    I love that Carrie just freely keeps singing about God no matter what happens!


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