This is a pretty bold statement, but I assure you, there is a reasonable explanation. Over the past six years, since her win on American Idol Season 4, Carrie Underwood has gone from small town girl from Checotah, Oklahoma, to dazzling country superstar. She’s crafted an impressive stack of #1 hits, garnered over 80 trophies, performed countless times on TV and radio shows, and has even managed to keep a squeaky clean rep.
It is not exactly the awards that give her the title “voice of our generation,” but rather her persona and impeccable talent. Even on Idol, she gave off a sense of humility that is only present in the great legends of country music. Hailing from a small town, she knows the importance of hard work, diligence, and all-around determination. I would not say that she is the greatest individual to ever grace the planet, but she comes pretty darn close. Every action she commits to comes from a place of heart. Every word she speaks is rooted in her very soul, and she is not afraid to be brutally honest when she needs to be. That is what an American Idol is all about.
Next, if you take a look at any of her many live performances, you can feel the power and emotional punch she brings to the material. She interprets lyrics, melody, and phrasing in a way that is wholly unique to her. Many of her songs, such as “Jesus Take the Wheel,” “Wasted,” “So Small,” and “Temporary Home” showcase her unmatched vocals perfectly. Each of these songs portrays a different side to her voice. Just when I think I’ve heard it all, she surprises me.
Even on her current single with Brad Paisley, “Remind Me,” she delves into quite different territory vocally. A smooth and serene quality drenches this track. That is what makes a great singer. What is also interesting about her is that she is not afraid to stay true to herself, spiritually. The tracks I mentioned above are, primarily, faith-based. While I may not be religious, I still find myself gripping towards hope and love with these songs. They prick something special in my heart.
Music is supposed to move you, and needless to say, Carrie Underwood’s intriguing musical repertoire and her charming personality have moved me far beyond comprehension.
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