Grammy award winner Carrie Underwood called into Craig and Company this morning to talk about her fourth album, Blown Away (in stores May 1st), her love of musical duets, and her husband’s quest for the Stanley Cup.
Underwood says the album touches on various different genres. The debut song off the album, “Good Girl,” is a country song with a pop twist that serves as a testament to her ability to sway into various genres. “The album has different themes, and a little bit of a different direction than where I have gone before. I got to explore [myself] as a writer and as an artist and go in different directions.”
Requests for duets with Carrie have been bountiful, including recent singles with Brad Paisley and Randy Travis, but Underwood’s most unusual request was to add her vocals to a rap song. “I love when people do duet albums and things like that. I got one time to sing with a rap star but they couldn’t guarantee there wouldn’t be any curse songs so I thought ‘eek!”
Things were different when legend Tony Bennett asked Carrie to lend her talents to “It Had to Be You.”
“I was sure there wouldn’t be any curse words with Tony.”
The American Idol winner will find herself in an unusual predicament in the next few weeks, as her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher of the Nashville Predators, is heading through the playoffs on a quest for the Stanley Cup while Carrie promotes her new album.
“I’ve never canceled anything before, and I’m not sure what I have on the book right now for that time, but I would definitely be canceling some things, but I really hope I have some time,” Carrie told Craig and Company.
Fisher may be a pro-hockey player but he’s not a sports fanatic. “To be honest, he doesn’t watch a whole lot of sports in the house. During the season he doesn’t watch any hockey. We watch Ultimate Fighting and MMA on pay-per-view. We actually ordered so many they put a hold on our television and told us we exceeded our order limit.”
What’s next for Carrie? First she’s headed tonight to her Live On Letterman performance tonight. After that she’s headed over to the UK. “I’ve been there as a tourist but not as a performer. I hope people show up and want to have fun and hear some good music!”
Also known for her stylish looks on the red carpet, Underwood recommended from fashion tips for female listeners. “I’m an Olay girl, I’m their brand ambassador and use a lot of their products. Wherever I am I can always find them.”
—Cory Andersen, 965TIC Hartford