Country Throwback: Carrie Underwood Dishes on ‘Spooky’ Hotel Where She Worked as Teen

by Matthew Wilson

Here’s Carrie! Before she was a country music star, Carrie Underwood found herself working in a real-life version of Stephen King’s popular work “The Shining.”

Okay, maybe there was less Jack Nicholson, homicidal ghosts, and redrum than that movie and book. But when people hear spooky hotel, where else does their mind go but the Overlook Hotel? Fortunately, Underwood traded-in spooks and poltergeists for concerts and songs. But the memory still lingers like a good haunting.

“I liked most of my jobs,” she told Jenny McCarthy on SiriusXM’s The Highway. “My first job I worked at a gas station. I worked at a vet clinic when I was in college. But one of my weirdest was actually while I was working at the gas station, I had two jobs. I worked at a hotel down the street. It was very much empty. Like creepy empty. Like ‘The Shining’ empty.”

Carrie Underwood Worked at the Hotel

Surprisingly, Underwood didn’t instantly turn tail and run. The country singer is apparently braver than most in that regard. Because the girl that trained Underwood did the sensible thing and quit on the second day.

“My second day there, the girl that was training me just didn’t come in. She was like, ‘Forget this. I’m outta here.’ So I was in charge on my second day, and I didn’t know how to work anything or do anything,” Underwood continued.

While she didn’t have Nicholson and his theatrics hamming up the place, her boss was a suitably creepy replacement. Underwood’s boss used to tell patrons that Underwood was his daughter. Finally, all those red flags were enough for the young singer. She quit after only a month working there.

“My boss was horrible at his job, and would randomly tell people that would come in that I was his daughter,” Underwood said. “He’s like, ‘Doesn’t she look like me? This is my daughter.’ I’m like, ‘I don’t really know what to do, because if I’m like, ‘No I’m not,’ then I’m going to get fired … It was all spooky. All spooky. It’s not there anymore. I didn’t work there long. I worked there maybe like a month, and I was like, ‘I don’t feel like this is for me.’”