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    Carrie Underwood Interview - Sunday Express (UK)

    American Idol winner country singer Carrie Underwood on parenting and career | Music | Entertainment | Daily Express

    Simon Cowell predicts the country music singer will become a superstarSINCE grabbing the attention of Simon Cowell on American Idol in 2005, country singer Carrie Underwood is now more famous around the globe than the man himself. The media mogul tipped Carrie for greatness the moment he saw her audition for the show.

    She has now sold more than 65 million records worldwide, won a haul of major awards, including seven Grammys and 17 Billboard Music Awards, and performed with music legends including Dolly Parton and Celine Dion. Her songs, with their themes of love, heartache, revenge and faith have struck a chord with pop and country music fans alike.

    When I meet Carrie at her Manhattan hotel the day after her sell-out concert at New York’s iconic Madison Square Gardens, she appears delightfully untarnished by her phenomenal rise to the top. She greets me warmly and seems genuinely touched when I tell her how much I enjoyed the show.

    At just 5ft 3in she is much smaller and daintier in person than the strutting powerhouse I witnessed wowing 20,000 screaming New Yorkers on stage. As she sips on her coffee, Carrie is still basking in the glow of her showstopping performance the night before.

    “It’s still hard to believe that we played Madison Square Garden last night,” she sighs happily. “The crowd were incredible.” Carrie is currently on a tour of the United States with her 19-month-old son Isaiah.

    Husband Mike Fisher, 36, a professional ice hockey player, is away travelling with his team. A recurring theme throughout our chat is the importance of family and her insistence on putting them before her career.

    “At the end of the day everything that I’m doing now is going to fade but I’m going to be a mom until the day I die, so that’s more important,” says the Oklahoma-born singer. “In however many years, I don’t know how many it’ll take, but people will be like, ‘Oh, yeah, I remember that name’.

    That’s just the way any job is. But I’ll be a mom and a wife for ever, so that definitely takes precedence over everything else.”

    It's her first tour with Isaiah. How does she juggle high pressure shows with looking after a very young baby, I ask? “It’s different,” laughs Carrie. “It’s harder and it’s better. It pushes all emotions to the extreme.

    “Sleep is a valuable commodity. He’s in the back of the bus with me. His little crib is next to my bed, so if he doesn’t sleep I don’t sleep. “We live on the bus a lot more. We don’t go into hotel rooms as much because that’s a lot of moving. It’s hard to have my suitcases and all my show stuff and have his things. We have this big box of toys that we travel with. It’s a lot – it’s like we’re moving in.

    And if we’re only there for a few hours it just doesn’t make sense, so we stay on the bus. “We have to go grocery shopping on days off to make sure we have lots of stuff for him to eat. We were up in Canada and it was much colder than I thought it was going to be and we had to go and find a coat. We have to think about a lot more stuff.

    “And it takes me a lot longer to get anything done,” laughs Carrie. “I have to start my hair and make up for shows way early in the afternoon because I’m going to have lots of interruptions – but they’re the best kind of interruptions. “I do have a nanny, somebody has to watch him when I’m on stage, but it’s really hard for me to let go.

    I’m like, ‘Moms are supposed to be tired, right? That’s just the way of it’. It’s all good! “If I have a day off I’m like, ‘It should just be about me and him today’. We’ll go for walks and go play in the park and stuff like that.” Her hits are filled with tales of feisty women. Carrie says becoming a mother will not see her change direction. “I was conscious about not turning into a complete ball of mush. I felt like people really expected me to write or pick songs that were just all about my baby. But I was like, ‘I’m not going to start to write mommy music’. Of course it works its way in there.

    But I still like to be diverse in what I write about.” Husband Mike has just started his season with Nashville Predators so they are both on the road: “It’s not just about me and my husband, it’s about Isaiah seeing his dad and Mike seeing him. We just have to make it work, and if I do have a day off I might have to fl y home for the day just so that they can have that day together. “I’m a homebody.

    I’m more of an introvert and I just like being at home in my space, so it’s hard for me to be away from home. As a couple, that’s all we’ve ever known. He lived in Ottawa [playing for the Ottawa Senators] and I lived in Nashville so we’re used to being away from each other. Carrie got her ticket to stardom after winning over American Idol judges at the audition with her rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s I Can’t Make You Love Me. Cowell has said of Carrie: “I can remember one specific time when Carrie Underwood walked into an audition room. It was as if the entire cast that year was in black and white, and she walked in in colour.”

    Carrie says: “I feel like he had a lot to do with my run on Idol and how things went there. I remember when I had just auditioned and he was doing interviews and talking about the upcoming season and he was like, ‘There’s a blonde girl that tried out in Missouri’. I was like, ‘Is that me? That’s me!’, so he called it really early before he even knew my name. He’s been a supporter since the very beginning.” CARRIE has now recorded five albums and headlined five tours.

    She made her fi lm debut in 2011’s Soul Surfer and next month heads to Australia on a joint tour with country star Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman’s husband. “There’s people that I meet that I’m like, ‘How do you even know my name? How am I even on your radar?’, like Dolly. “Getting to work with Randy Travis was one that I was just like, ‘Are you kidding me!’.

    'Everything that I’m doing now is going to fade but I’m going to be a mom until the day I die'
    “Garth Brooks called me a couple weeks ago, like called me on my phone, to talk about something. And I was just like, ‘This is weird!’. And then I was texting him and I was like, ‘I’m texting Garth Brooks right now. What!’. My 10-year-old self would have been like, ‘You’re going to have Garth Brooks’s phone number someday, this is crazy’. But, at the end of the day, in country music they’re probably just like me and they’re in their sweat pants hanging out with their family and they’re just normal people too.” With some of the world’s biggest performers singing her praises, how does Carrie keep her feet on the ground?

    “A big part of it’s where I’m from. My parents still live in the town in Oklahoma that I grew up in. I live in Nashville and people are still pretty normal there. They are used to seeing country singers at the grocery story. “I have people surrounding me that would tell me, ‘Carrie, you’re being unreasonable’.

    That’s the kind of people that I attract and that’s the people I want to work with. “My mom would tell me if she didn’t like something I was doing and I think that’s important. We’re all normal people. If I’m at home it’s all about grocery shopping and doing the laundry and cleaning the house. I take Isaiah to his little school, cook dinner for my family – those are my favourite days off. I just get stuff done and I’m just a mom at home.” Carrie has never shied away from publicly expressing her deep Christian faith. Her hits include many faith-based songs such as Jesus, Take The Wheel.

    Speaking of her faith, she says: “It’s the backbone of all that I do. I’m lucky that singing in country music it’s not frowned upon and it’s not strange.” Looking ahead she says: “It’s hard to imagine setting too many more professional goals. I think a lot of the things that I look forward to are more personal things.

    We’re building a house and we’re excited about that. And at some point expanding our family. “I’d love to do a gospel album, at some point. Just for me and the music that I grew up listening to. “You can’t plan too far ahead in the music business just because you never know what’s going to happen. But it’s all good. “It’s got me this far and I think just trusting the path that we’re on and keeping eyes and ears open for interesting creative opportunities is always good; and trying to balance life.”

    Carrie Underwood’s album Storyteller is out now

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    Thank you, Louisa. Such a great article!
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    Thanks for the article. Let the 'what was Garth calling about' speculation begin?
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    That was a really good interview. Thank you for posting! I really hope Carrie still intends to do a UK tour as she mentioned awhile ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sco View Post
    Thanks for the article. Let the 'what was Garth calling about' speculation begin?
    A couple weeks ago, at that time, was a few weeks before the CMAS. So could it have been about the CMAS or something? Doubtful I guess as they didn't do anything together at the CMAS.

    I do hope it means something.
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    If I suddenly realized that Garth Brooks had managed to get hold of my phone number, I think I'd have said 'this is weird' too! (If it had been Cowell, I'd have put it rather more strongly!)

    I'm interested in the possibility of a future Gospel album (and, with regard to the musical connotations, I'm particularly interested that she said 'Gospel', rather than 'Christian')
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    Hmm it does sound like baby #2 is coming sooner rather than later. Hopefully we get at least one more album/tour before she almost inevitably goes on hiatus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sco View Post
    Thanks for the article. Let the 'what was Garth calling about' speculation begin?
    I know lol. Maybe he wants her to be a special guest on some of his shows outside of north America next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sco View Post
    Thanks for the article. Let the 'what was Garth calling about' speculation begin?

    It might have been Garth calling her about inducting Crystal Gayle into the Opry


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