Carrie Underwood and fellow songwriters Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, Ashley Gorley and Zach Crowell celebrated the No. 1 hits “Heartbeat” and “Church Bells” from the American Idol singer’s latest album Storyteller, with a party at The Bell Tower in Nashville on Thursday (Aug. 11).
“Thank you guys so much for being here,” said Carrie. “God is good and I’m so incredibly blessed throughout my life and career but mainly because I get to work with the best. That is a blessing beyond blessings. That goes for the people I write with and record with.”
Sony Music Nashville Chairman/CEO Randy Goodman reminded the audience of Carrie’s accomplishments.
“There is an opportune time for everything under the sun,” said Goodman. “At a time when some compare our cherished women to a salad brunch, we all know Carrie has never been anything but the main course.”
“She is not only a consummate artist but also an ambassador for our format,” Goodman said. “Indefatigable is the only way I can describe Carrie’s work ethic. A wise man did say there is a time for everything and when you ponder all that Carrie Underwood is and what she means to our genre, I think you all will agree that her time is now. Her time is now.”
Carrie ended the evening by introducing her upcoming fourth single from Storyteller, “Dirty Laundry.”
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Carrie posted a live Periscope stream of “Heartbeat” and “Church Bells”
Coming up for Carrie: Four shows at the Opry this week. The singer performed two on Wednesday and is set for two more Friday night (8/12). For the fourth year running, Carrie performs the NBC Sunday Night Football theme. This time, she co-wrote the lyrics to her hit with Miranda Lambert “Something Bad” to fit the football season. NBC has been teasing the new opening throughout their 2016 Rio Summer Olympics coverage.