Recently, country star Carrie Underwood joined The Zane Lowe Show for his “At Home With” series and spoke about personal growth during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The episode released on Thursday through Apple Music, and the American Idol alum, 37, shared how quarantining at home has changed her. Like most others that worked in the music industry, Underwood had to put a hold on her music career. The pandemic offered the singer a chance to take a break and focus on what’s most important in life.
“I mean, when you do look at this year, the way it started, [I said], ‘This is what I’m going to do. I’m going to make a Christmas album. I’m going to do these [things,] X, Y, and Z.’ And then everything gets changed,” Underwood said of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Early on, I feel like I did a pretty good job of saying, ‘OK, how do we circumvent our situation and what we do?’ And I feel like it brought me a bigger sense of peace in knowing that I was not in control and still, like I said, just continuing to move forward.”
In addition, Underwood shared how lucky she is. The singer said the pandemic afforded her the time to get back to her roots. The country artist says it allowed her to just be a mom and a wife. She emphasized that it’s the first time in 15 years she hasn’t constantly been on the move.
“I’m very lucky. I do have two incredible boys and my husband, and we live on a farm. I kind of got to maybe get back to some of my roots by not being on stage for a minute,” she explained. “Got to be outside so much and I got to work in the garden and just be a mom and be a wife and be at home. It’s the most I’ve been still in over 15 years.”
Underwood Chose Her Family and Her Career
The singer went on to talk about female musicians, and how they often must choose between their family and career. However, Underwood says she chose to do both, even though it came with its own challenges.
“Getting married and starting a family, you see some women in the music industry talk about how they chose not to have a family because they were focused so much on their career. Kind of took the opposite route and I’m just like, I can have it all,” Underwood said. “I had my son Jake, and three months [later], we had our first show on the ‘Cry Pretty’ tour. I was like, ‘I can do this’ and we made it through.”
Underwood says she’s glad she chose both. The singer says she’s proud to juggle both her family and career and not have either suffer from the other. Additionally, she hopes her children appreciate their mother being a working mom. She says it’s “cool” that her boys will grow up knowing she was a mom and also a successful musician.
“It was all worth it,” she said of choosing both her family and career. “I also love that my kids are going to remember, hopefully, some of these times and be like, ‘Wow, my mom was [a] mom but she was also [more].’ Which is such a cool, cool thought to have.”
[H/T FOX News]