Friday afternoon (Sept. 14), Country superstar Carrie Underwood celebrated the release of her sixth studio album, Cry Pretty, with an intimate performance for Nash FM 94.7’s “Up Close & Country” at Opry City Stage.
Country fans from the New York metro area and beyond, who won their way in to the exclusive event, filled the fourth floor of the new Opry City Stage venue eagerly awaiting the special performance, which was broadcasted live on Nash FM 94.7 in New York as well as other major markets across the country.
Reigning queen of country, Carrie Underwood, took the stage after being introduced by Nash FM DJ Katie Neal to talk about the new album, the songwriting and producing process behind it and play her new music along with some of her biggest hits to date.
After warming up the intimate crowd with “Church Bells”, Underwood thanked the audience for being there and celebrating new music with her, before playing the debut song and title track off her new album “Cry Pretty”. Check out our exclusive video of the chilling song here.
She also played “Jesus Take The Wheel”, which in many ways is the song that started it all for her as the first single off her debut album, Some Hearts. After a powerful performance of “Love Wins”, the second single off of Cry Pretty, Underwood thanked the fans for the positive response on the track, which encourages bringing people together and to be understanding of one another.
Chatting with DJ Katie Neal between songs, the two discussed Underwood’s recent conversation with Nash Nights Live’s Elaina D. Smith on her “Women Want To Hear Women” podcast in which Underwood elaborated on some of the shocking reactions she received after announcing her all-female tour lineup.
“I feel like just normalizing things like that is definitely a step in the right direction,” she tells Neal. “Nobody thinks anything if there are three dudes going on tour together and then I get a lot of questions like ‘Oh my gosh, you’re having three females, it’s so risky, crazy thing that I’m doing and I’m like no this is just going to be a really awesome show.”
Underwood will bring up-and-coming female artists, Maddie & Tae and Runaway June out with her on the road for her Cry Pretty 360 Tour. “They’ve all got new music out, so go check them out. They are all just really talented and strong women and I love that,” she tells the New York country fans in the audience and folks listening at home. The Cry Pretty 360 Tour comes to The Big Apple, hitting Madison Square Garden on October 2nd, 2019.
Before ending the show with a Carrie Underwood classic, “Before He Cheats,” the country singer thanked the fans one last time. “It just feels like we’ve been working on this album for so long and I’m so excited and so excited to share it with everybody. […] it’s just been an incredible journey. I know it’s not over, because we still have obviously a great tour to do, but just Thank You from the bottom of my heart.”
Fans can buy or stream the new album everywhere today.
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