Carrie Underwood has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008, and it’s a role she takes very seriously. The American Idol alum is very particular about the songs she sings, as well as what she wears, each time she steps onto the sacred stage.
“I’m very particular when it comes to [my[ Opry wardrobe,” Underwood tells Audacy’s Rob + Holly. “You see pictures on the wall, or looking up things about the Grand Ole Opry, and I feel like the women always dressed a certain caliber. It was very rhinestones, it was very shiny. It was a certain kind of dress. I love trying to carry that legacy on because they were just so beautiful to me.”
Underwood considers what she wears when she performs at the Grand Ole Opry, but she also considers what she wears for her REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency. The 39-year-old puts a lot of time and effort into how she presents herself to the audience when performing in Sin City.
“There’s a lot of me in the wardrobe,” Underwood says. “Like personal pieces that I had in my closet that I brought. I collect vintage tees and I had big Guns N’ Roses t-shirts, and I had one that was Patty Loveless… I’ll buy them even when they’re huge and we’ll make rompers out of them. And those are really fun.”
Underwood just released her latest Denim & Rhinestones album. The 12-track record was the result of Underwood’s determination to have fun, especially after the challenges of the last two years.
“When I walked in to start making this album, it was like, ‘What do you want to do?’ My co-producer and co-writer, David Garcia, was like, ‘What do you want to do?” Underwood said on Apple Music Country’s Today’s Country Radio with Kelleigh Bannen. “And I was like, ‘I just want to have fun.’ I feel like it’s needed. And we also spent two albums worth – we had our Christmas album, My Gift, the gospel album, My Savior, and it was in such a soulful place. And after that, I was just like, ‘I just want to have fun.’”
Underwood will have plenty of chances to show off her extensive wardrobe, and her vocal chops, when she launches her The Denim & Rhinestones Tour, which kicks off in October.
“I’m thrilled to be hitting the road again with The Denim & Rhinestones Tour,” Underwood said when the tour was announced. “I’m having such an amazing time with my Las Vegas residency and look forward to continuing that next year after the tour. I’m excited to bring the new music of Denim & Rhinestones to life on tour, as well as put new spins on familiar favorites. We’ve been working hard already preparing an amazing show, and I can’t wait to see everyone on the road!”
Jimmie Allen will serve as the opening act for all The Denim & Rhinestones Tour dates. Find a list of all of Underwood’s upcoming shows, and purchase, download or stream Denim & Rhinestones, at CarrieUnderwoodOfficial.com.
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