Carrie Underwood Donates Concert Proceeds Back To Des Moines Because She Wasn’t Feeling 100% (VIDEO)

Photo Credit Des Moines MetromixCarrie Underwood is nearing the end of the 1st leg of the Blown Away arena tour, a 55-date trek to be followed by another 45+ North American and UK dates in 2013. Unfortunately she has been under the weather this week, tweeting on December 13th after her show at the United Center in Chicago:

Sweet Chicago! You were amazing tonight! I’ve officially lost my voice!!! I guess my day off tomorrow will be spent at the doctor! #noshots!

She went ahead with last night’s concert at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa despite being under the weather, and performed a 90+ minute set with a only a couple songs cut from her regular set. But because she was not satisfied with her performance, she told Des Moines concertgoers that she would donate everything she was to have made off this show back to the local community. Check out video of Carrie (with a very croaky speaking voice) making that announcement.

The venue staff tweeted after the show:

@carrieunderwood thank you so much for a great show even though you were sick! You didn’t sound anything less than amazing #carrieDM

This morning, Carrie’s team announced that Carrie’s sold-out Kansas City, Missouri concert scheduled for tonight has been postponed until May 1, 2013 due to her illness, moving the Springfield, Illinois show originally scheduled for that date to May 6, 2013. Carrie’s next concert is now scheduled for December 18, 2012 at the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee, so she’ll have a few days to rest. Feel better soon, Carrie!

Carrie also led a moment of silence for the victims of the Newtown massacre during last night’s concert according to multiple tweets (here and here).

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  • mmmtx

    Carrie has always been a class act!  

  • sporkle

    Classy indeed! It speaks volumes to the strength of her character and her integrity as an artist. 

  • Incipit

    Aww, Carrie – hope you get your voice back in good shape soon – Love how this is a woman of principles – no pro-rated refunds – she didn’t feel as if she delivered 100% to that community – so she gave all the profits back to the community.

    And she likely doesn’t even see this as unusual behavior…

  • Miz

    Carrie is truly a class act. Not many performers would do that.

    Get well soon, Carrie.

  • jpfan2

    Carrie is a total class act. Idol was so, so lucky to find her. She and Kelly are really solid gold all the way.

  • wingzdoc

    Absolute 100% class act. No doubt about it.

  • Lori

    Funny, I was going to post that she’s a class act, but everyone has already said that. I’ll just say she is one in a million and there are a whole lot of acts and individuals that could learn from her!

  • Bug Menot

    How many shows in the first leg? Singers have to be careful they don’t hurt voices. I hope she gets the rest she needs and is able to recover quickly. 

  • hillstreetblooz

     ITA – Class, and an abiding sense of integrity about the quality of her performance for her fans. Speaks well of her character – class, integrity, quality, character – rare things it seems in this selfish world, good to see them still alive and well and being personified by Carrie in this instance.

  • Goodvibes27

    That is great. I have never heard an artist do this. Way to go Carrie.

  • Klaine

    Why not give refunds to concert goers who want their money bank; then you can donate the rest.. Just sayin…

  • blackberryharvest

    Great that Carrie did this.

  • arkboy

    She also donated the proceeds from her concert in Atlantic City to the Red Cross to help out with the Hurricane Sandy efforts. There just aren’t a whole lot of people like Carrie running around. I hope she recovers quickly, I am supposed to see her Tuesday night in Memphis. But mainly, she needs to get better!

  • standtotheright

    Why not give refunds to concert goers who want their money bank

    Because that inolves the promoter and venue share of the ticket price; she doesn’t get that and they are unlikely to agree to refund tickets for people who attended a show, even if the artist in question doesn’t think it’s up to her standards.

    She can, however, donate her own share of the take, which, by using the phrase “whatever I’m making” is what she promised to do.

    I think she should be commended for doing what she could.

  • waitingforthe1

    Poor carrie, she sounded hoarse as heck!  Hope she feels better soon!  

  • windmills

    Klaine: Why not give refunds to concert goers who want their money bank; then you can donate the rest.. Just sayin…

    I checked as many tweets from this concert as I could find (didn’t post them because fan tweets about how amazing a person is didn’t seem newsworthy). To a person, everybody said Carrie sounded amazing despite being barely able to speak and expressed total satisfaction with the show. But, most of these people were already fans and so they’re probably more inclined to say good things about Carrie. So, here’s a series of tweets from a guy who wasn’t necessarily a big fan before the show.

    Sittin in a box at Carrie underwood. Really wishin I had Jerry jones’s
    son-in-law to go to the fridge for another beer. Such a chore for me

    So here’s the deal. Carrie underwood has a scratchy/lost voice tonight
    (but still sounds great). She just announced its not as incredible…

    As she was hoping to sound, so every dollar she would’ve made is going
    to be donated back to different local business in the Dsm community

    Say whatcha want, that deserves big respect from me #carrieunderwood

    From this twitter:

    I think Carrie’s gesture was more about not being able to meet her own expectations than not fulfilling fan expectations. She’s said many how times how seriously she takes the fact that people spent money to attend her show and she wants to have left everything out there for them as far as effort every show.

    Here are a few videos from different parts of the show (“Good Girl” is the opening song, “Blown Away” is the closer). There are moments when you can hear her voice isn’t all there but for the most part, she sounded great.

    “Good Girl” (full)

    “I Told You So” (partial)

    “Two Black Cadillacs” (full)

    “Cowboy Casanova” (full)

    “Get Out Of This Town” (full)

    “Blown Away” (partial)