Carrie Underwood will resume her REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency at Resorts World Theatre later this month, continuing a multi-faceted show that began in 2021, which features not only Underwood’s flawless vocals, but aerial feats and numerous wardrobe changes, giving fans a unique experience not likely to be found anywhere else.
Underwood might have had the idea to soar through the air, after watching a Cirque de Soleil show, but she credits two of country music’s pioneers, namely Dolly Parton and Reba McEntire, for inspiring her to think outside of the box when it comes to her live shows.
“Sharing a legacy of putting on proper shows that, like Dolly’s and Reba’s, are extra — meaning filled with more of the glitz, glamour, extravagant wardrobe and staging that’s a part of our lives already — and tell a full, emotion and vibe-driven story with a beginning, middle and end,” Underwood tells The Tennessean. “I’m not just showing up and singing. Instead, I’m immersing the audience in song.”
Immerse, indeed. The mother of two runs through songs in REFLECTION like “Drinking Alone,” “Two Black Cadillacs,” “Before He Cheats” and more, songs that do little to mimic her own happy life. But when she is performing, Underwood transforms herself, and the stage, into a visual representation of the songs and their stories.
“I’m a mild person, but it’s fun to get angry or sassy and [embody] the characters that my songs inhabit,” Underwood explains. “So using fire, water, dancers, whatever, to bring my songs to life is pretty cool.”
The American Idol alum loves performing in Las Vegas, or anywhere on stage, but her favorite place to be is at home, where she is anything but a superstar.
“I love my role as a mom and wife,” Underwood tells VEGAS. “In addition to what I get to do on stage, I go to baseball practice. It’s wonderfully ordinary, and I love that. In a lot of ways, I lead a double life. I’m mom at home, and then I fly away to Vegas or to go on tour.”
Whether in Las Vegas, on tour, at the Grand Ole Opry or at home, Underwood still draws inspiration from pioneers like Parton and McEntire.
“I feel like I picked up very early on that there’s no substitution for hard work,” Underwood says. “I picked up so many things from the incredible people that worked on Idol, many of [whom] I still work with today. You go out and you hustle; you try to complain as little as possible and put your all into everything. And at some point, you’ll be able to look back and see that the hard work paid off.”
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