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Carrie Underwood, Blake Shelton and More Added to ACM Awards List of Performers

 

Just when we thought the upcoming 2020 ACM Awards show couldn’t get any better, even more superstar artists have been added to the epic line-up. Announced earlier this week, the show revealed that fans can also look forward to performances from Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani.

Up for Entertainer of the Year, Carrie Underwood will take the stage from the iconic Grand Ole Opry and will honor powerhouse female Opry members with a medley of hit songs from Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.  honor trailblazing female Opry members by performing a medley of songs by Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Barbara Mandrell, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton.

Trisha Yearwood joins the show to perform her classic hit “I’ll Carry You Home” from her album Every Girl, while Shelton and Stefani will perform their current single “Happy Anywhere”.

Recently, in addition to the first leg of performers being announced, as well as the second leg, we also shared the news that two of our former Swag Sessions artists, Riley Green and Tenille Townes won their perspective ACM New Artists of the Year categories and will be performing at the special show.

On September 16th, the rescheduled 55th annual awards show will air on CBS, hosted by superstar Keith Urban. This time performances will take place at multiple iconic venues across Nashville, including the Grand Ole Opry House, the Ryman Auditorium, and the Bluebird Cafe. This marks the first time that the show will be held in Nashville in the award shows history.

Superstar artists like Eric Church, Luke Bryan, Dan + Shay, Florida Georgia Line, Kane Brown, Morgan Wallen, and Mickey Guyton were recently added to the line-up. Each will perform their hits coming live from Nashville at the world-famous Grand Ole Opry.

Church is set to play his current single “Stick That In Your Country Song”, while the boys of Florida Georgia Line will perform their latest and 17th #1, “I Love My Country”. Bryan will perform his recent hit and song of the summer, “One Margarita”. Dan + Shay will take the stage to perform “I Should Probably Go to Bed”, Brown will sing “Worldwide Beautiful”, Wallen is set to perform “Whiskey Glasses” and Guyton will perform “What Are You Gonna Tell Her?”.

In addition, previously announced artists like Kelsea Ballerini, Gabby Barrett, Maren Morris, Old Dominion, Thomas Rhett, and Jon Pardi will all perform from the Ryman Auditorium, while Jimmie Allen, Luke Combs, Miranda Lambert, and Tim McGraw will give their performances from the Bluebird Cafe. Fans can look forward to a medley of hits performed by Old Dominion, while Rhett and Pardi will sing their duet “Beer Can’t Fix.”

Of course, the ladies of the night cannot be outshined, as Ballerini will be singing her new single “Hole in the Bottle,” newly pregnant Barrett will share her smash hit, “I Hope,” and Morris will perform her new single “To Hell & Back.” Lambert is also slated to share the stage with her friends and fellow songwriters Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby, singing her mesmerizing number one hit, “Bluebird,” which is sure to be a performance to watch.

Although it is sure to be different, we feel that this might be the most incredible ACM Awards yet. The 2020 ACM Awards, “A Night of Heart and Hits” will be exactly what the Nashville community needs during these times. Make sure to gear up for the big night and set your DVR’s for 8PM ET on September 16th and follow along on Twitter as we live-tweet the show, @NYCountrySwag.

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And The Nominees Are…2020 CMA Award Nominees Announced

Luke Combs & Carly Pearce Announce First Round of 2020 CMA Awards Nominations Live from Grand Ole Opry on Good Morning America

Luke Combs & Carly Pearce Announce First Round of 2020 CMA Awards Nominations Live from Grand Ole Opry on Good Morning America

 

Last year, Stephanie and Christina of NYCountry Swag flew down to Nashville to attend the 53rd Annual CMA Awards, witnessing an iconic night for women in country music including hosts Carrie Underwood with special guests Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire. Of course, this year is looking a little different, but the show must go on and we are certainly excited that the nominees for this years’ award show were announced today. Revealed live from Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House, superstars Luke Combs and Carly Pearce joined forces to announce the nominees on Good Morning America (GMA).

Leading the pack with seven nominations, Miranda Lambert earned nods in multiple categories, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year. This brings Lambert’s total number of career nominations to 55, making CMA Awards history by surpassing Reba McEntire’s 51 total nominations.

Of course, megastar Luke Combs also walked out with six nominations, including his first entry into the Entertainer of the Year category after winning New Artist of the Year just two years ago. His rise to fame has been nothing short of extraordinary, as his singles continue to be chart-toppers, time after time again.

We especially enjoy the list of exciting artists that are nominated for the New Artist of the Year category including some of our favorites, Jimmie Allen and Morgan Wallen. Female songstresses, Ingrid Andress, Gabby Barrett, and Carly Pearce also received a nod.

Following Good Morning America, Gabby Barrett and Ingrid Andress joined Ashley Eicher for a livestream on CMA’s Facebook and YouTube to announce the remaining nominees. The award show will air on November 11th on ABC at 8PM ET. Check out the full list of nominations below + click the image below to visit us on Instagram and let us know your vote for this year’s Entertainer of the Year.

Entertainer Of The Year
Eric Church
Luke Combs
Miranda Lambert
Carrie Underwood
Keith Urban


Single Of The Year

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Producer: Dan Smyers
Mix Engineer: Jeff Juliano

“Beer Never Broke My Heart” – Luke Combs
Producer: Scott Moffatt
Mix Engineer: Jim Cooley

“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Jay Joyce
Mix Engineers: Jason Hall, Jay Joyce

“The Bones” – Maren Morris
Producer: Greg Kurstin
Mix Engineer: Greg Kurstin

“I Hope” – Gabby Barrett
Producers: Ross Copperman, Zach Kale
Mix Engineer: Buckley Miller


Album Of The Year

Heartache Medication – Jon Pardi
Producers: Bart Butler, Ryan Gore, Jon Pardi

Never Will – Ashley McBryde
Producers: Jay Joyce, John Peets

Old Dominion – Old Dominion
Producers: Shane McAnally, Old Dominion

What You See Is What You Get – Luke Combs
Producer: Scott Moffatt

Wildcard – Miranda Lambert
Producer: Jay Joyce


Song Of The Year

“Bluebird” – Written by Luke Dick, Natalie Hemby, Miranda Lambert, recorded by Miranda Lambert

“The Bones” – Written by Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins, Laura Veltz, recorded by Maren Morris

“Even Though I’m Leaving” – Written by Luke Combs, Wyatt B. Durrette III, Ray Fulcher, recorded by Luke Combs

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Written by Luke Combs, Randy Montana, Carly Pearce, Jonathan Singleton, recorded by Carly Pearce and Lee Brice

“More Hearts Than Mine” – Written by Ingrid Andress, Sam Ellis, Derrick Southerland, recorded by Ingrid Andress


Female Vocalist Of The Year

Miranda Lambert
Ashley McBryde
Maren Morris
Kacey Musgraves
Carrie Underwood


Male Vocalist Of The Year

Eric Church
Luke Combs
Thomas Rhett
Chris Stapleton
Keith Urban


Vocal Group Of The Year

Lady A
Little Big Town
Midland
Old Dominion
Rascal Flatts


Vocal Duo Of The Year

Brooks & Dunn
Brothers Osborne
Dan + Shay
Florida Georgia Line
Maddie & Tae


Musical Event Of The Year

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Producer: Dan Smyers

“Be A Light” – Thomas Rhett featuring Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin, Keith Urban
Producer: Dann Huff

“The Bones” – Maren Morris with Hozier
Producer: Greg Kurstin

“Fooled Around And Fell In Love” – Miranda Lambert (feat. Maren Morris, Elle King, Ashley
McBryde, Tenille Townes & Caylee Hammack)
Producer: Jay Joyce

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
Producer: busbee


Musician Of The Year

Jenee Fleenor, Fiddle
Paul Franklin, Steel Guitar
Rob McNelley, Guitar
Ilya Toshinskiy, Guitar
Derek Wells, Guitar


Music Video Of The Year

“10,000 Hours” – Dan + Shay (with Justin Bieber)
Director: Patrick Tracy

“Bluebird” – Miranda Lambert
Director: Trey Fanjoy

“Homemade” – Jake Owen
Director: Justin Clough

“I Hope You’re Happy Now” – Carly Pearce and Lee Brice
Director: Sam Siske

“Second One To Know” – Chris Stapleton
Director: David Coleman


New Artist Of The Year

Jimmie Allen
Ingrid Andress
Gabby Barrett
Carly Pearce
Morgan Wallen



Finalists For Broadcast Personality Of The Year (by market size):

National
“American Country Countdown” (Kix Brooks) – Westwood One
“The Blair Garner Show” (Blair Garner and “Off Eric” Garner) – Westwood One
“CMT After Midnite” (Cody Alan) – Premiere Networks
“Country Countdown USA” (Lon Helton) – Westwood One
“The Mayor of Music Row” (Charlie Monk) – Sirius XM Satellite Radio


Major Market

“Angie Ward” – WUBL, Atlanta, Ga.
“Chris Carr & Company” (Chris Carr, Kia Becht, and McKaila Granning) – KEEY, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn.
“Double-L” (Lois Lewis) – KNIX, Phoenix, Ariz.
“Fitz in the Morning” (Cory Fitzner) – KNUC, Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.
“Paul Schadt & Sarah Lee in the Morning with Producer Geof” (Paul Schadt, Sarah Lee and Geof Knight) – WKKT, Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, N.C.-S.C.


Large Market

“The Big Dave Show (“Big Dave” Chandler, Chelsie Shinkle, Jason Statt and Ashley Hempfling) – WUBE, Cincinnati, Ohio
“Jim, Deb & Kevin” (Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt and Kevin Freeman) – WFMS, Indianapolis, Ind.
“Lexi & Banks” (“Lexi” Elena Abatgis and “Banks” Jared Danielson) – KUBL, Salt Lake City-Ogden- Provo, Utah
“Obie & Ashley” (“Obie” Obed Diaz and Ashley Morrison) – WWKA, Orlando, Fla.
“Ridder, Scott and Shannen” (“Ridder” Shaun Ridderbush, Scott Dolphin, and Shannen Oesterreich) – WMIL, Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.


Medium Market

“Brent Michaels” – KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.
“Clay & Company” (Clay Moden, Rob Banks, and Val Townsend) – WYRK, Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
“Kenn McCloud” – KUZZ, Bakersfield, Calif.
“Scott and Sarah in the Morning” (Scott Wynn and Sarah Kay) – WQMX, Akron, Ohio
“Steve & Gina In The Morning” (Steve Lundy and Gina Melton) – KXKT, Omaha-Council Bluffs, Neb.-Iowa


Small Market

“Big Rick In The Morning” (“Big Rick” Daniels) – WGGC, Bowling Green, Ky.
“Bobby & Steve (and Mandi!)” (Bobby Cook, Steve Schwetman and Mandi Turner) – WKYQ, Paducah, Ky.
“Brent and Candy – The Cat Pak Morning Show” (Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton) – WYCT, Pensacola, Fla.
“Officer Don & DeAnn” (“Officer Don” Evans and DeAnn Stephens) – WBUL, Lexington-Fayette, Ky.
“Steve And Jessica Mornings” (Steve Waters and Jessica Cash) – WFLS, Fredericksburg, Va.


Finalists For Radio Station Of The Year (by market size):


Major Market

KNUC – Seattle-Tacoma, Wash.
KSCS – Dallas-Ft. Worth, Texas
KYGO – Denver-Boulder, Colo.
WXTU – Philadelphia, Pa.
WYCD – Detroit, Mich.


Large Market

KNCI – Sacramento, Calif.
KUBL – Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, Utah
WMIL – Milwaukee-Racine, Wis.
WUBE – Cincinnati, Ohio
WWKA – Orlando, Fla.


Medium Market

KATM – Modesto, Calif.
WHKO – Dayton, Ohio
WQMX – Akron, Ohio
WUSY – Chattanooga, Tenn.
WXCY – Wilmington, Del.


Small Market

KKNU – Eugene-Springfield, Ore.
WBYT – South Bend, Ind.
WKXC – Augusta, Ga.
WXBQ – Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, Tenn.-Va.
WXFL – Florence-Muscle Shoals, Ala.

Tune in to the show to see who will take home the awards on November 11th on ABC. + Follow us on Twitter while we live-tweet the show, @NYCOUNTRYSWAG.

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Carrie Underwood Previews “Let There Be Peace” from Holiday Album

In a time of protests, riots and social injustice, country superstar and ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee, Carrie Underwood voices her one wish in the newly released, uplifting anthem, “Let There Be Peace”. The beautiful track is the first taste of her upcoming Christmas album, My Gift, dropping next month on September 25th.

Although Underwood mentions Christmas in the second verse, the references to prayer, Jesus, and the backing gospel choir in the song make it more closely resemble a Christian song at its core. Underwood states that if she had one wish this Christmas, it wouldn’t be for presents under the tree, it would be to stop the crying and fighting in every nation.

“Let there be peace / Peace to every nation / Let there be hope / For all the world to see / Let there be love and joy to all the children / Let there be peace on earth for you and me”

Underwood has put out Christmas songs in the past including “Do You Hear What I Hear?” “The First Noel,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” “What Child Is This?” and “O Holy Night.” My Gift will feature eleven songs, including “Let There Be Peace,” “O Holy Night,” and nine other classic Christmas songs. John Legend will join Underwood for a rendition of “Hallelujah,” and her son, Isaiah will be featured on the fourth track, “Little Drummer Boy.”

Fans can join our Weekly Round-Up e-newsletter here, for the latest in country music and more news about the upcoming Carrie Underwood release in the coming weeks.

To keep up with Carrie Underwood, follow her on InstagramTwitter, and Facebook.

“Let There Be Peace” is now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music‘ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.

 

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Christmas In June? Carrie Underwood Announces 2020 Christmas Album

Carrie Underwood Christmas

Photo Credit: Justin Aharoni for NYCountry Swag

During a virtual fan club party earlier today (6/3), Carrie Underwood announced that a Christmas album is on the way. Underwood shared the news exclusively with the more than 1,200 viewers gathered for a live-stream hosted by the artist’s Official Fan Club. The virtual party took the place of the in-person event held at the Grand Ole Opry house every year.

Underwood has recorded multiple Christmas songs throughout her fifteen-year career including, “O Holy Night”, “Do You Hear What I Hear”, “The First Noel”, and “ Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” but has yet to release a full holiday album. She shared her excitement with fans during the live broadcast, explaining that it’s been in the works for a long time.

In addition to the announcement, the virtual fan club party included an audience Q&A, a raffle, and an acoustic performance. The country superstar opted to perform non-single fan favorites from each album, including, “That’s Where It Is”, “You Won’t Find This”, “Someday When I Stop Loving You”, and “Thank God For Hometowns”. 

Before signing off, Underwood acknowledged an important message in another song, and one that is desperately needed today. “God has given us the capacity to love each other,” said Underwood, before ending the live broadcast with a performance of her hit song, “Love Wins”. 

An official announcement and release date for the Christmas album are expected later this year. In the meantime, fans can catch Underwood and husband Mike Fisher in the four-part mini-series, I Am Second every Wednesday at 8PM EST.

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I Am Second Series with Carrie Underwood + Mike Fisher

Carrie Underwood Mike Fisher I Am Second

Country music has long been rooted in faith and family, and Carrie Underwood has never denied the importance of both in her life. Now the superstar and her husband, retired NHL player Mike Fisher, are opening up about marriage, joy, and loss in a new film series from I Am Second titled “Mike + Carrie: God and Country”.

Filmed last December near their rural Tennessee home, the four-episode mini-series will give fans an unprecedented look into the lives of one of country music’s most famous couples as they discuss the role faith-based values have played in their relationship, in raising their boys, and in their respective careers.

On paper, Fisher, an avid hunter, and carnivore could not have been more different than the vegan and animal activist Underwood. But 10 years of marriage later they have learned to embrace their differences, knowing that each of their passions and views come from the same place: their relationships with God. 

Episode one, which premiered last week, showed Underwood and Fisher alternating between playful banter (Mike teased Carrie for using the word, “welp” to describe a “welt”) and serious topics (they both got emotional remembering the birth of their first son, Isaiah). It’s clear that though comfortable in their respective spotlights (stage for one, ice for the other), behind the scenes they are just two people, looking to do right by their marriage and their family.

Teasers for the rest of the series show the couple opening up about their struggles with infertility (Underwood announced in 2018 that she had suffered 3 miscarriages before she got pregnant with her second son, Jacob) and sharing how they leaned on faith when things were toughest.

Viewers can watch the mini-series at www.iamsecond.com. New episodes will be released each Wednesday at 8 PM EST.

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The Best Country Music Instagram Captions for Mother’s Day

Carrie Underwood Mother's Day

Photo Credit: Justin Aharoni (@jaharoni) for NYCountry Swag

Mothers are the first strong women influences in our life to show us care, guidance and endless love. Mother’s Day is just right around the corner and we want you to share your love for your mother on Instagram using our top quotes from our ten favorite inspired country songs.

1. Taylor Swift – “The Best Day”

“Now I know why, all the trees change in the fall / I know you were on my side / Even when I was wrong / And I love you for giving me your eyes / Staying back and watching me shine.”

Swift walks through the joy of her childhood painting in the kitchen, playing dress-up, taking hayrides with her mother, and showing her endless gratitude.

 

2. Carrie Underwood – “Mama’s Song”

“You’ve given me everything that I will need, make it through this crazy thing called life.”

Written by Kara DioGuardi, Marti Frederiksen, Luke Laird, and Carrie, the song has Carrie singing to her mother telling her not to worry about her moving out and getting married.

 

3. Lauren Alaina – “Like My Mother Does”

“When I love, I give it all I got, like my mother does.”

Written by Nathan Chapman, Liz Rose and Nikki Williams, Alaina’s idol song complements all of the features that she got from her mother.

 

4. Garth Brooks – “Mom”

“You’ll never have a better friend or a warmer touch to tuck you in // She’ll kiss your bruises, your bumps and scrapes”

Brooks pays tribute to mothers in “Mom” and told GMA, “It’s a beautiful song. I wish I’d written it, but I didn’t, and I’ve gotta tell you, ‘The Dance’ is my favorite Garth Brooks thing, you know, ever, just love that song,” Brooks told Roberts. “If there was ever a song that could ever rival it, this is (it), just because of the context of it. … You know I’m a mama’s boy.”

 

5. Kacey Musgraves – “Mother”

“Bursting with empathy, I’m feeling everything // The weight of the world on my shoulders // Hope my tears don’t freak you out // They’re just kinda coming out // It’s the music in me and all of the colors // Wish we didn’t live, wish we didn’t live so far from each other // I’m just sitting here thinking ’bout the time that’s slipping // And missing my mother, mother”

Musgraves touches up on the feelings when you love and miss your mother, and can’t be around her.

 

6. The Band Perry – “Mother Like Mine”

“All our cares would all be freer // If the world had a mother like mine”

The trio wrote this song about what the world would look like if everybody was raised by their mother.

 

7. Martina McBride – “In My Daughter’s Eyes”

“This miracle God gave to me // Gives me strength when I am weak” //In my daughter’s eyes”

Martina McBride’s ballad tells the story of everything a mother should be through the eyes of her daughter.

 

8. Florida Georgia Line –  “God Your Mama and Me”

“No one’s ever gonna love you more than God, your mama, and me”

There’s nobody in the world you need more than God, your mama, and your significant other holding you tight in this world.

9. Luke Bryan – “Most People Are Good”

“And most mamas oughta qualify for sainthood”

This song is nothing short of the truth.

 

10. Carrie Underwood – “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted”

“Never pictured myself singing lullabies // Sitting in a rocking chair in the middle of the night // In the quiet, in the dark // You’re stealing every bit of my heart with your daddy’s eyes // What a sweet surprise”

This song is coming from the perspective of a mother telling the story of the precious moments of being a mother even if you thought you weren’t sure about becoming one.

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Carrie Underwood ‘Find Your Path’ Book Review

Find Your Path

Carrie Underwood is an international country music superstar but she’ll tell anyone that her two other jobs, mother and wife, are just as, if not more, important. And to excel in all of those roles, she has to be the strongest, best version of herself. For Underwood, that means taking control of her life by committing to health and wellness. After fifteen years in the spotlight she is finally sharing what works for her in her new book, “Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life”.

The project is autobiographical (fans will enjoy the stories from childhood, her time on American Idol, and a peek into her homelife with husband Mike Fisher, and two sons, Isaiah, age 5 and Jacob, 1), inspirational (it’s impossible not be motivated listening to the Queen of Country’s mindset and habits), and practical (complete with journal templates, mindfulness exercises, ideas for full workouts and recipes galore).

In a world of crash diets, exercise fads, and social media influencers claiming they know best, Underwood’s approach to health and wellness is refreshingly simple: eat well and move your body 52 weeks of the year.

The singer, who explicitly states that she is writing not as the global performer, but as “just Carrie”, writes from a place that is honest, upbeat, and accessible. While she has perfected what works for her, she never claims to be an expert on anything. In fact, the author collaborated with professional trainer Eve Overland and nutritionist Cara Clark throughout the project to offer their insight when appropriate. Instead, Carrie offers readers a look into her habits, both good and not so good, and explains how being conscious of her choices has positively impacted her career and her life. 

Find Your Path

Carrie is the definition of practice what you preach. Even with her demanding work schedule, being a devoted wife, and raising two little boys she is committed to making time for her workouts, preparing (mostly) healthy food for her family, and holding herself accountable to her goals. 

Throughout the book, Carrie offers practical tips anyone can use, like sticking to simple meals full of what she calls “foods that God made” (aka those eaten in their natural form like veggies, fruits, and whole grains), making healthy swaps when you can, finding ways to stay active (whether that’s formal exercise, chasing the kiddos on the playground, or turning household chores into a workout), and not depriving yourself of the things you love. 

Carrie’s “pleasure principle” challenges all of us to “find that line between sensible restriction and sensitive indulgence” so we can enjoy life while staying on track. For her, that means doing her best to fuel her body with healthy food so that she can appreciate a glass of red wine with her husband, or some pizza with friends (she really loves pizza). Carrie is mostly vegan but insists that we should make our own decisions when it comes to food because only you know your body best.

Most people accept that eating better can improve your life, but starting or ramping up a fitness routine can feel daunting. Carrie has a plan for that too. The book includes numerous examples of real workouts that can be done anywhere, anytime with limited, if any equipment. There is even a new mobile app for iOs users called Fit52, that provides anyone with a smartphone a simple and automated way to do the exact workouts done by Carrie herself on and off the road.

As Carrie says at the conclusion of her book, “we are all growing and changing all the time” and part of that means you have to find what works for you and adjust it as life happens. Each one of us is capable of making positive changes in our lives, and picking up a copy of “Find Your Path” is a perfect place to start.

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Carrie Underwood Launches “Find Your Path” Book Tour in Brooklyn, NY

Carrie Underwood has one of the most impressive resumes. She’s a multi-award winning singer-songwriter, actor, activist, and designer, just to name a few. Today, she can add author to her list as her debut book, “Find Your Path” is out today. It’s part lifestyle, part advice, part recipe, and for the most part, about Underwood’s fitness journey.

Today, fans in Brooklyn had the opportunity to meet Carrie Underwood and hear her speak amongst a panel of inspiring women. She was joined by Women’s Health editor in chief Liz Plosser, her personal trainer Eve Overland, and her college friend and co-writer Cara Clark. The four women gave fitness advice and talked about what living fit52 means.

fit52 is Underwood and personal trainer Eve Overland’s new app that is an everyday extension of what’s featured in the book. It’s described in a press release as “a wide variety of workout routines that can be done in as little as 30 minutes”. It’s more affordable than going to the gym – $1 p/week and $52 p/year. fit52 focuses on sustainable living and health, much like Underwood practices and what her new book is about.

“I do feel like I’ve always kinda had that inner health and fitness nerd inside of me,” Underwood shared with the crowd. “Growing up, I was [always outside]… I was always trying to further my journey.”

Longtime friend and collaborator Eve Overland expressed her admiration for her friend, saying, “If you know anything about Carrie, you know she’s one of the most disciplined people out there. Even in college, when she was auditioning for Idol, she was still just the hardest worker I knew.” This couldn’t be more true, and it’s one of the many reasons Underwood is nominated for Entertainer of the Year at this year’s ACM Awards.

After the panel, all attendees got to meet Underwood, taking pictures and having their own discussions with the queen of country. The Find Your Path book tour is an intimate look into Underwood’s life, one that fans have not gotten to know yet.

Find Your Path is available wherever you buy books. To catch Carrie Underwood on her sold-out book tour, go to the official website to find out more.

To keep up with Carrie Underwood follow her on InstagramFacebook, and Twitter.

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Florida Georgia Line Shouts Out To Carrie Underwood About Collaboration

Earlier today Florida Georgia Line took to social media to reach out to Carrie Underwood about a brand new song that they just wrote with pop sensation, Julia Michaels. Tyler and BK are in their TreeVibez studio and announced a PSA (Public Song Announcement) in the video. “We’d really love for Carrie Underwood to hear the song, we think it’d be a massive collaboration…”

The duo shared a snippet of the pop-leaning country tune, something they have perfected over the years.  The chorus repeats, “Feels good, cause I love you” as the duo bops along. Watch the post below.

 

Just last week we caught Florida Georgia Line when they performed during Country Radio Seminar in Nashville. The duo sang their biggest hits as well as their current radio single “Blessings”. Full recap of the event here.

Let us know, would you love a collaboration between two of country music’s biggest acts?

Be sure to keep up with all things new music from Florida Georiga Line by following them on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.

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2019, The Year of Women in Country Music

As country music has become more mainstream, we seemingly have forgotten about the powerful female forces that once ruled the genre. However, this year, 2019, female entertainers seemed to have taken back their power and their voices. 2019 was the year of women empowerment and women (and men) supporting other women. From all-female tours to opening gigs to being the CEO of a record label to exciting podcasts, women in country music are proving that they are going to fight for their right to be heard.

Here are six reasons that this is the year of women in country music!

Carrie Underwood Women

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1. All Female Tours.

This year superstar Carrie Underwood pulled off the unthinkable and headlined an all-female tour, playing at the most coveted venues across the country. Taking supporting acts, trio Runaway June and duo Maddie & Tae on the road with her, she sold-out shows across the nation, including the iconic Madison Square Garden in NYC. Other female artists are following in her footsteps. Maren Morris’ highly successful ‘GIRL: The World Tour’ boasts an all-female lineup. For the first leg, Cassadee Pope and RaeLynn joined the songstress, while the second leg featured Hailey Whitters and Kassi Ashton. Finally, Miranda Lambert welcomed newcomers, Caylee Hammack, Tenille Townes, and Ashley McBryde, along with Elle King and Maren Morris to perform as part of her ‘2019 Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars Tour’. We love seeing the female tours that are popping up, and we cannot wait until it becomes the norm in country music.

2. Number One Hits and Chart Accomplishments.

Unfortunately when it comes to country radio, female artists are working hard to get the recognition and airtime they deserve. However, we took some giant leaps forward in 2019 when both Kelsea Ballerini’s “Miss Me More” and Maren Morris’ “GIRL” reached the top spot on the charts and just this week, Carrie Underwood’s “Southbound” claimed the coveted number one spot.  Although only three songs by a female artist have gone number one on country radio this year, it is still a magnificent feat. Ballerini and Morris, who were both co-writers on their smash hits found success with songs that are both empowering and emulate confidence, two concepts that are gaining in popularity in the country genre. Underwood also co-wrote the summertime smash, “Southbound”. Furthermore, Runaway June’s radio single “Buy My Own Drinks” is the first single by a female country music trio in more than a decade to break into the Top 5 on the Country charts. This is progress!

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3. CEO of a Record Label.

We proudly highlighted the extraordinary Nicolle Galyon in one of our Women of the Month features. She is a leader in empowering women in the industry and advocating for an equal playing field. Galyon was recently announced as the head of a brand new record label in Nashville named ‘Songs & Daughters.’ Big Loud Records out of Nashville is partnering with Galyon on this new imprint to sign rising female artists. This “music house for female creatives,” as she calls it, will definitely change the game. We can’t wait to catch the flagship artist, Madison Kozak this December when she opens up for Morgan Evans.

4. The Highwomen.

Brandi Carlile, Amanda Shires, Maren Morris, and Natalie Hemby recently joined forces to compose an all-female phenomenon entitled The Highwomen. The four magnificent singer-songwriters created an unprecedented musical group, where there is not a definitive lead. Additionally, each of the members have successful careers of their own. In celebration of women-hood in general and of course in country music, these talented ladies challenge societal standards, break and create molds, and of course exceed expectations. They are blazing the path for more female artists in the industry, inviting all artists to come as they are. Take a listen to their self-titled debut album, The Highwomen here.

Maren Morris

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5. Inspiring Music.

Although we appreciate a good break-up anthem and some clever songs about boys or cheating, we are loving the shift in what is acceptable for women to sing about. Both Morris with “GIRL” and Ballerini with “homecoming queen?” sing about their vulnerabilities and question their self-confidence, but somehow beautifully remind girls that it’s okay to be themselves, encourage us to love ourselves, and remind us all that we are just trying to do our best. Other artists, such as our 6 favorite rising female artists and our 6 undiscovered female artists that we are loving are doing the same, writing and recording songs with substance, heart, and with a greater purpose.

Women in Country

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6. Women Supporting Women.

We believe that this is the key reason for why women are finding more success this year. Podcasts, such as radio personality, Elaina Smith’s ‘Breaking Thru,’ formally called ‘Women Want to Hear Women,” and radio programming such as Radio Disney’s ‘LET THE GIRLS PLAY,’ are shattering stereotypes and evoking necessary conversations about equality. Here at NYCountry Swag, we highlight a different woman in the industry each month in our ‘Woman of the Month’ segment with the hopes of bringing you stories from inspiring women who are chasing their dreams and who have worked hard to be successful. Additionally, we host our annual ‘Babes, Booze and Brunch’ event, and this Friday, we will be hosting our final sail, featuring two incredible female artists, Kalie Shorr and Lauren Davidson, all in the name of supporting other women.

With a little over two months left in the year, we hope to continue to see and champion women in the industry as they achieve the success and accolades they deserve. The CMA Awards, taking place on November 13th will also honor women with three female hosts, Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton, and Reba. And just yesterday, Miranda Lambert penned a note on social media in support of Carrie Underwood taking home the big award of the night, Entertainer of the Year.

 

We don’t need to wear anyone else’s crown, as Maren says, “there’s enough to go around.”

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