Carrie Underwood Reveals the One Country Music Female Who ‘Blazed a Trail’ for Future Stars

by Halle Ames
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Carrie Underwood is nothing to overlook. She has shaped the music industry for generations to come, but who does she say was her trailblazer? 

With over 70 million records sold worldwide, Carrie Underwood is exceptionally decorated. According to the Record Industry Association of America, she is the sixth-highest certified female artist and the second-highest certified country artist, and the highest-certified female country artist of all time. 

Growing up as an aspiring musician, Carrie had to look up to someone, just as young girls do to her nowadays. 

Who Inspired Underwood?

In an interview with Express, she reveals the female who “blazed a trail” for her is. 

A little over a week ago, Carrie Underwood teamed up with legendary artists Loretta Lynn and Reba McEntire to release “Still Woman Enough.” How did she respond to the once-in-a-lifetime offer?

“My response was ‘Anything for Loretta’. It was great to be in the studio with her – Reba was on the phone from another studio. Loretta is such a queen! She blazed such a trail for us to have my voice immortalized with hers is such a big thing.” 

The song, which is the title track to Loretta Lynn’s album, is the 50 studio album under the country music icons belt buckle. She states that this album was a “celebration of women in country music.” 

Other names that appear on the Still Woman Enough album include Margo Price and Tanya Tucker. 

However, Lynn and McEntire aren’t the only bad*ss women that Carrie Underwood has had the chance to work with. She also had worked with country music icon Dolly Parton in 2009 for the All Star Holiday Special. 

Carrie Underwood notes that these women taught her more than just how to act. 

“Women are the backbone of country,” she says. “They taught me how to sing and dress and how to be on stage.”

Carrie Underwood Changed Things Up

Other experiences that made Carrie Underwood dive into different cultures and grow as an artist came in early December of 2020. Here Underwood teamed up with Spanish artist David Bisbal to perform her first bilingual duet, called “Tears of Gold”. 

“I loved stepping into another world to make a video with him,” explains Underwood. “I’m always open to new opportunities. I’ve always loved talented artists, big voices, original voices.”

Most recently, Carrie Underwood has been working on her new gospel album, titled My Savior. The album was released on Friday, so if you haven’t graced your ears with it yet, you definitely should!