OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood No Longer Needs to “Sing to the Moon”

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Carrie Underwood doesn’t feel the need to impress people with her big voice every single time. Not anymore, anyway. “I have one song that’s so beautiful and so moving, but it’s so quiet. It’s a story, and you really listen to it — I’m not trying to impress people with what I can do. I’ve done enough by now that I don’t have to sing to the moon with every single song,” she told Vegas magazine. She was talking about her upcoming (and very much anticipated) album, Blown Away. And her point was she didn’t really go out looking for the same kinds of ballads she’s done in the past. “I’ve always been known for power ballads, and there’s not really that at all in the album. I honestly think it’s just because the album kind of makes itself. We’ll look at the end and think what could we use more of, but it is what it is.” She also credits American Idol for being “the catalyst that led me here.”

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