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> Idol winner Carrie Underwood plays Hamilton, A Q&A
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post Mar 22nd 2008, 12:19 PM
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http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/article/349124

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In case the nine million album sales and three Grammy awards haven't already made the point, fourth-season American Idol winner Carrie Underwood's ascension to superstardom was further cemented by this week's announcement she would become the newest member of the Grand Ole Opry, the weekly concert broadcast and oldest continuous radio program in the U.S.

Opry member Randy Travis shocked the 25-year-old Oklahoma native with the news she would be joining the ranks of such country music heavyweights as Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood during her sold-out Nashville show on Sunday.

The wholesome blond's 2005 debut, Some Hearts, is the best-selling solo female country debut album in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America and the top-selling American Idol album.

The Star spoke briefly with the young singer who performs in Hamilton tonight on her first headlining tour:

Q. How did you find out you were to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in May?

A. I was actually playing at the Opry. It was a complete surprise. I didn't even know Randy Travis was going to be there. I just got done singing ("I Told You So") from my album Carnival Ride, which is actually a cover of his, and he surprised me and asked on behalf of everyone if I would like to be a member.

Q. And you apparently hesitated before accepting?

A. That was a joke. Of course I want to be a member.

It's a place that's got such tradition and that's one of the things I love about country music everybody respects our past and where country music came from and where it is now and where it's going.

Q. Were you an avid Opry fan growing up?

A. We didn't have cable or anything growing up, but my grandparents did, so they always had the Opry on.

I mainly was exposed to it through them. I went to Nashville when I was 13 and we visited the Grand Ole Opry and went to the Country Music Hall of Fame. It's just a cool thing and now I'm a part of it or I will be May 10.

Q. Why have you said you would not have continued to pursue a music career if you hadn't won American Idol?

A. I love being in and around music, but from a practical standpoint ... there are so many people that love music and love to sing or play an instrument, but the odds of it actually happening aren't too good. And, at the time, I don't know if I had enough confidence in myself to pursue it. I would have graduated and gotten a job and I would have been happy with that as well, just because I'm that kind of person. But this is a lot better.

Q. What other industry might you have gotten into?

A. I was going to school and got a degree in journalism. Knowing most people don't end up doing what they go to school to do exactly, I took all of the advertising, broadcasting and PR classes I could take. I would have done any of that stuff to get my foot in the door.

Q. Have those studies prepared you for some of the offstage demands of a singing career?

A. I definitely think it's helped. My main focus was broadcast, but being behind the camera enabled me to learn about speaking in sound bites and being able to answer questions better. (Interviewers) do try to get me in trouble get me to comment on somebody, or ask a leading question. I can better realize what they're doing and be defensive without getting defensive.


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My mom is in Hamilton for a bowling tournament this weekend and she called me today during supper to tell me that Carrie was staying at her hotel. I was so hysterical after I got off the phone with her. If everything works out I'll be getting an autograph! w00t.gif


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My mom is in Hamilton for a bowling tournament this weekend and she called me today during supper to tell me that Carrie was staying at her hotel. I was so hysterical after I got off the phone with her. If everything works out I'll be getting an autograph! w00t.gif


w00t.gif Get me one too! bleh.gif


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