Carrie Underwood Recalls How Her Father Supported Her Love of Music

by Hannah Heser
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Who is the person that wiped your tears away during your first heartbreak? What person listens to everything you have to say? Name the first person you run to when you are at your breaking point. For many people, the first person you think of is your parents, right? Well, that was the case for Carrie Underwood, too.

With that being said, Underwood remarks on how her father supported her in everything, especially her love for music.

During the “Gift of Music” special with Carrie Underwood, she takes time to reflect on what music means to her. She even adds how much her father supported her music growing up.

In a recent tweet, she encompasses her relationship with her dad and music with fans.

“Help the @cmafoundation give the gift of music to students everywhere by donating today at!”

In this clip, Underwood said music is just always there. This means that you can feel it anywhere, such as your soul, emotions, and when you’re around certain people. She mentioned that her dad went to an auction and came back with two giant speakers. Since then Underwood would save up money to purchase karaoke tapes for practice. And from then on, she wouldn’t stop singing.

In fact, she said there was no escape for her family to get away from her love of music. “I grew up in a really small house, so I was probably annoying everybody all the time. There was nowhere to run from it,” Underwood said. “There was no place to get away. If I was singing, I was singing and that was that.”

Carrie Underwood Shares Insights For the Song About Her Dad

We are all aware of Carrie Underwood’s biggest influences being her parents, but she also has some musical inspirations. For example, she celebrated International Woman’s Day with a collage of women who inspired this passion back in March. A few of these inspirations include Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, and Oprah Winfrey.

Given that these influences inspired her love of music, she pursued to create a song in honor of her father, Stephen Underwood.

Growing up, Underwood was inspired by her dad with everything he did. From loving her unconditionally to supporting her music, she wanted to thank him in the best way she knows how.

And that is where The Girl You Think I Am came from.

Underwood co-wrote this song with David Hodges and Hillary Lindsey. Being that they all had similar stories, Underwood said her fans can easily assume the lyrics about her dad.

“When we were writing it, Hillary Lindsey, David Hodges and myself were all channeling our own experiences and there are certain lines that apply to our fathers,” she said to People magazine.

All in all, Underwood truly shows the blessing of having a strong father-daughter relationship.