At the Heart of Carrie Underwood’s Tour

Why She Surrounds Herself with Fans

Leave it to Carrie Underwood to be a glass-is-half-full kind of girl.

When the Tennessean asked her about getting her first CMA nomination for entertainer of the year, it seems like she just thinks all the years that she wasn’t nominated led her to this moment now.

“It ended up being kind of a blessing,” she said, “so I could just realize what we do is all about and being out on the road and seeing people and having people sing your songs back to you and just seeing the crowds grow and grow and grow and feeling stronger in myself as a performer and as an entertainer.

“It’s really incredible to have that nomination, but I think it was kind of good for me to be able to focus on other things.”

One of those “other things” has been her in-the-round stage set up for her current Storyteller tour. That idea came from the way teachers tell stories to little kids sitting around on the floor. “It just kind of made sense to think about maybe doing the tour in the round,” she explained.

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