Carrie Underwood: From Mudvayne to Lauren Alaina

Country artists are usually pretty quick to point out they didn’t grow up on a diet of country music alone. They make sure the world knows they were influenced by a little bit of everything. And Carrie Underwood‘s little bit of everything is from all over the place.

In a recent interview with Glam.com , Underwood admitted that Queen frontman Freddie Mercury is high on her list of first loves.

“I’ve always been a huge fan and lover of Freddie Mercury,” she said. “I would listen to him when I was a kid. He could do so many amazing things with his voice. People like that — who had incredible voices — I was always drawn to. I would want to try to do what they do. They were my teachers.”

Then again, growing up with country roots means Underwood has a special place in her heart for Loretta Lynn. She shared this story about kind of meeting the Country Music Hall of Fame member at the Grand Ole Opry.

“I’d never met Loretta before,” Underwood said. “I knew she was going to be here, so I was excited. Somebody comes up behind me and smacks me on the rear, and I’m offended for a split second. I’m like ‘Who would dare walk up behind me and smack me on the bum?’ I turn around, and I’m like, ‘Oh, my gosh. It’s Loretta!’ She didn’t really stop to say anything. She just smacked me on the rear.”

She also said that if you scrolled through her iPod, you’d find some really hard rock music, like Mudvayne.

“When I work out, I like to listen to things that are really angry,” she said. “I couldn’t do it on a daily basis or driving in my car. I think that would be kind of weird.”

And Underwood said some of the singers she’s expecting big things from right now are Lauren Alaina , Kacey Musgraves and Sarah Darling.

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