Carrie Underwood on “Countless Brave Souls”

One Family Changed the Way She Sings "See You Again"

Carrie Underwood says she’s been blessed. And in her recent essay for Time magazine , she talks openly about how performing and supporting the men and women of our military is one of her many blessings.

“I’ve done everything from touring with the USO in Iraq and Kuwait to playing shows at military bases in the U.S. to writing songs for special projects used to benefit our military members and their families,” she wrote. “I’ve met countless brave souls that sacrifice their time and effort to keep us safe here at home.”

But it was one song and one family that really touched Underwood recently.

When her song “See You Again” was released, she heard from fans whose spouses had been deployed.

“I guess, somehow, hearing that song helped them see the light at the end of the tunnel, and they could keep on smiling, knowing that their loved would soon be home,” she says. “Some of the stories, however, wouldn’t have such a happy ending.”

Here’s one special story about a tragic ending, in Underwood’s own words:

“I remember talking to one brave girl and her mother. They had bought tickets the second they went on sale for the whole family to come to my show. The girl’s father was supposed to be home from deployment by the time the show rolled around. Tragically, he never made it.

“We got word of what had happened and were told that they still wanted to come to the show. Music is a powerful thing. Although I’m sure going to a concert doesn’t fix any problems or heal any wounds, it can take one’s mind a few steps away from terrible things that are weighing heavily on the heart.

“I wanted to meet this young lady and her mother, so we arranged for that to happen. The mother told me the story that I already knew and told me how much ’See You Again’ meant to them. I could tell that they both had amazing faith that the most important man in their lives was looking down on them and waiting for them. I guess hearing it in a song solidified that belief a little more. I signed their pictures, and we smiled for photos.

“I am still amazed at how strong they both were. They might have found a little comfort in one of my songs. But because of their story and the many others like it that I have heard since, I’ll never sing that song the same way again.”

Underwood will perform “See You Again” and more on Tuesday (Nov. 11) night’s HBO Special Concert for Valor.