This past week I had the great privilege of seeing my absolute favorite artist ever. Yes, that’s right, I went and saw Carrie Underwood!!!! I always told myself I would give anything to go see her live. Thankfully, I didn’t have to give anything. Obviously it was an overwhelming experience for me, and because it’s been five days since I went and I’m still bursting with excitement, I thought I would share the experience with you.
I don’t remember when in my life I started liking Carrie Underwood. What I do remember is that I spent hours on YouTube listening to her music and watching her videos. I remember that my favorite video to watch was ‘Just a Dream’. I loved the song, what it sounded like, what it meant. It spoke to my younger self’s melancholy. And I’ve been hooked ever since.
Now let’s pause for a second to fan-girl (or boy) over Carrie Underwood. In 2005 she won American Idol, she was only 21 years old. That’s the same age as I am now! Compare me to her, at 21 her life changed and she became one of the biggest female country music artists of this time, at 21 I’m writing a blog in my worn out leggings and mis-matched socks in my basement. In her audition Carrie Underwood was told that her vocals were amazing, but she was challenged to work on her stage presence. Let me tell you; she nailed that challenge! Since 2005 she has made history in the entertainment world. The year after she won American Idol she already won the Billboard Music Awards’ country new artist of the year, female country artist of the year, and album of the year. Then in 2007 she won the Grammy for best new artist. That’s not even the best part! In 2008, just 3 years after she won American Idol, Carrie Underwood was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, which is an organization of the most elite in country music. I once heard that she was the youngest inductee into the Opry. She also holds the Guinness World record for most country #1’s for a female artist in the United States (2010). Then there are the countless other awards and nominations she’s received in the 14 years she’s been singing.
Back to concert day. I woke up bright and early-ish to work out, eat, pack, and get ready. My mom and sister picked me up around noon and we were off to Rogers Place. Road trips with the family are always a joy! We finally made it to our destination, where we changed quick in a Subway bathroom and joined up with my Aunt and two cousins to head to the Center together.
I’m from a smaller city and our event center is big, at least I thought it was until I stepped foot in Rogers Place. That center is massive, 20,000 seats massive! The first act started, but we headed to the swag table to pick up hoodies, because who goes to a concert and doesn’t leave with swag? The first act was Runaway June, and they sounded good, they then passed the stage to Maddie and Tae. They were also good, but nothing could prepare me for the entrance of Carrie Underwood. There were screens, and visuals, and sounds, and hype. And then there she was, rising out of the floor like the star she is.
And then it was two straight hours of back-to-back songs and quick costume changes. The song line-up was amazing, she didn’t just sing songs from her recent album, but songs from her entire career. I have never been to a concert with such high, fast-paced energy. The song line-up was amazing, each song seemed to transition smoothly and play off of the one before it.
I’m not going to lie, I was floored by Carrie Underwood’s vocal talent. I’ve heard it said that lots of stars use auto-tune on their albums, so they sound different in concert. I’m pleased to announce that Carrie Underwood sounded amazing in concert. She didn’t falter once, save for when she forgot her lyrics and made a joke about it. It’s always a little nice when a star makes a mistake, because you remember that they’re just people too. And her talent doesn’t stop at vocals. She was on stage playing the piano, guitar, and even bongos. Her and the band put fun spins on so much songs. I spent almost the entire concert in goosebumps. But, there was one moment that rose above all the others. About halfway through the concert Carrie did a medley with some of her older songs. She started with ‘Temporary Home’, which led to ‘See you Again’, then into ‘I Know You Won’t’, then ‘Just a Dream’, and she finished with a cover of Aerosmith’s ‘Dream On’. Now if anyone has ever heard ‘Dream On’ there’s a part of it where Aerosmith gets all screamy and high pitched (if you haven’t heard it go have a listen). Well, Carrie Underwood did that high pitched part. No screaming and no screeching, just pure talent. My whole body was covered in chills. I honestly have never heard anything that amazing in my life. And all that sound came from a woman who just had a baby just four months ago.
Not only was the sound amazing, but Carrie Underwood’s wardrobe was awesome. I know that’s such a girly thing to say, but I have never seen so much sparkle on one woman. You always knew where she was on the stage because the light caught her at every angle.
Overall, it was the best concert I’ve ever been too, and most likely the best one I’ll ever go to. There is no wonder in my mind why Carrie Underwood won the ACM entertainer of the year award twice in a row!
So what is it like to see your hero live? It’s amazing! It was definitely worth every penny and she met all my expectations and more. Also please excuse my sad picture, my camera was a little dirty on my phone.