OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood: From Wham to Avenged Sevenfold

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So many artists will tell you they have really eclectic taste in music and that they like everything. But Carrie Underwood‘s list of the music of her life is seriously thorough. In the new People Country Special issue, she said she likes to listen to Wham! before her shows (“It’s impossible to listen to Wham! and not want to dance silly,” she says) and that her favorite workout music is the angry stuff from Avenged Sevenfold (a heavy metal band whose music isn’t at all as biblical as their name). Other fun facts from the soundtrack to Underwood’s life? Her first CD was Bush’s Razorblade Suitcase, her first concert was Alan Jackson and Faith Hill in Tulsa, and the CD she’d take to a deserted island is Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American. As for her husband Mike Fisher, she admits the songs he likes to sing to her are her own — to make fun of her. “Since he plays hockey, he hears 15-second song clips in the rink, and that’s all he knows,” she said. “But when my songs come on the radio, he won’t let me change the channel. He’ll stop my hand, and he’ll sing.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.