Carrie Underwood Explains Her Love of Rock and Roll Music

Carrie Underwood loves rock and roll music. The mother of two just wrapped up her run serving as the opening act on Guns N’ Roses, for select dates on their 2023 Global Tour, where she was able to embrace another style of music she loves, one that definitely isn’t country.

“I remember going to big rock festivals in Tulsa, and just being exposed to bands like Slipknot and stuff like that,” Underwood says on SiriusXM‘s Octane channel. “It was just a really great time in music. I feel like the late ’90s, early 2000s was just a fun time in rock music.”

Although Underwood’s husband, Mike Fisher, doesn’t like rock music, her eight-year-old son, Isaiah, is a big fan, especially of Papa Roach. It was her love of different styles of music that inspired her to launch her own Carrie’s Country channel, also on SiriusXM.

“I think it’s so much fun,” the Grand Ole Opry member boasts. “I remember, I was tuning in one day, just listening to my own channel, and I heard Ozzy [Osbourne], and then I heard George Strait. I was like, ‘This is amazing.’ This is how I listen to music, so I hope people enjoy it.”

Underwood might love rock music, but she has never questioned that she wanted to be a country music artist. The American Idol alum had other jobs, including working at a gas station and a hotel, but knows she was born to sing, and especially country music.

“My best job is definitely what I do now,” Underwood tells UMG Nashville. “I really like being on stage. I really like performing for people and just having fun and singing, because that’s what I feel like I was born to do.”

Underwood has a Top 40 hit with “Out Of That Truck,” from her Denim & Rhinestones (Deluxe Edition) album, which will be released on September 22. She also released “Give Her That” ahead of the release of her new project.

‘Give Her That’ is a story about a relationship that is no longer,” Underwood explains. “The person’s kind of moved on, and it’s like, ‘I see who you’re with. She’s beautiful, she’s perfect. I’ll give her that. But you can’t give her the time that we spend together.’ And I feel like everybody’s kind of got some of that in their lives. If you’re stalking somebody on socials or something like that, they’re like, ‘Oh, they’ve moved on. Of course. Really glad for them. That’s great,’ but I haven’t.”

The Oklahoma native also released “Take Me Out,” from the record. She will soon return to Las Vegas, as part of the new dates she added throughout 2023 to her REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency, due to fan demand. Pre-order Denim & Rhinestones (Deluxe Edition), and find all of Underwood’s upcoming shows at

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