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Carrie Underwood Stages Biggest Tour of Career with “The Storyteller Tour- Stories in the Round”

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Carrie Underwood’s “Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round” launched on Saturday in Jacksonville, FL, and continued Monday in Atlanta, GA, both to sold-out 360-degree crowds. The tour’s 17 semi-trucks and 8 buses rolled into Greensboro, NC for the third show tonight to continue its highly-successful 2016 run. Already fans and critics are raving about her stand-out performances coupled with the dramatic in-the-round stage production.

The show “is a no-expense-spared spectacle that highlights her approachable beauty, her roar of a voice and a substantive set of songs that have commanded the charts since her ‘American Idol’ victory a long decade ago,” expressed the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “The in-the-round setup commissioned by Underwood allows for unparalleled vantage points- and even those in the arena’s highest peaks could watch one of four oval video screens situated above each side of the stage.” And says the Florida Times-Union, “Lasers and swaying spotlights and fireworks and explosions all added to the spectacle.  But make no mistake, Underwood was the star of the show.”

Underwood, known for her vocal prowess and the ability to create stellar performance moments in any realm, concert, television, or recordings, spent much of 2015 working with her team to create her most spectacular concert tour to date. Barry Lather (Rihanna, Mariah Carey, Usher, Michael Jackson) is the tour’s Creative Director and Butch Allen (Metallica, The Eagles, Eric Church, No Doubt) is Production & Lighting Designer. “The Storyteller Tour” required many weeks of technical planning and rehearsing to program lighting cues, automation, and special effects, followed by numerous full-on performance rehearsals with Underwood and her band.

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“The Storyteller Tour” features a staple in any Underwood production, wardrobe changes. She worked with Emmy-winning costume designer Marina Toybina to create varying costume options for each of the five acts so fans will see a variety of outfits every night during her 100+ minute set. Marina also designed the wardrobe for Underwood’s 2012/2013 “Blown Away Tour.”

The massive stage has seven elevator lifts and spans over 150 feet across the arena floor, with a main center stage expanse of 48 feet in diameter that rotates 360-degrees. The center lift can raise to 18 feet high. There are four satellite stages and three concentric LED rings that hover in the air and move throughout the show for visual moments and effects, plus four larger oval screens that provide video for fans on all sides of the arena. A very unique spotlight technology, the Black Track system, follows Carrie where ever she travels across the massive stage with aide by special beacons that have been built into her wardrobe.

Underwood will take a short break from the tour following this weekend to perform on the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, where the seven-time GRAMMY winner is nominated this year for “Little Toy Guns” in the Best Country Solo Performance category. The GRAMMY Awards® will broadcast live on the CBS Television Network, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

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Sam Hunt and Carrie Underwood to Duet on the GRAMMY’s

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Continuing its tradition of pairing artists in never-before-seen GRAMMY® Moments, The Recording Academy® reveals a series of collaborations featuring several GRAMMY newcomers, including nominees James Bay and Tori Kelly; nominees Andra Day and Ellie Goulding; and nominee Sam Hunt with seven-time GRAMMY winner and current nominee Carrie Underwood.

Previously announced performers include Adele, Kendrick Lamar, Little Big Town, and The Weeknd. A special tribute to 2016 MusiCares® Person of the Year Lionel Richie will highlight the GRAMMY winner’s wide-ranging career.

Entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J is set to host Music’s Biggest Night® for the fifth consecutive year. Taking place at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards® will be broadcast live in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT. Additional performers will be announced shortly.

This will mark the GRAMMY debut for Sam Hunt.  Sam Hunt is up for two awards: Best New Artist and Best Country Album for Montevallo.

Seven-time GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood is nominated for Best Country Solo Performance for “Little Toy Guns.”

Carrie Underwood Partners with Carnival for Operation Homefront

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Today, Carnival Cruise Line announced a new initiative designed to support U.S. military families alongside superstar Carrie Underwood and representatives of Operation Homefront, the national nonprofit that builds strong, stable, and secure military families. The year-long Honor. Family. Fun. program will help raise funds for Operation Homefront and culminate in a special private pierside concert for service men and women and their families starring Underwood aboard Carnival’s newest and most family-friendly ship, the Carnival Vista, when the vessel makes its U.S. debut in New York City at the Port of New York on November 4, 2016.

“Military families represent a cornerstone of our country and we are honored by the opportunity to partner with Carrie and Operation Homefront to bring much needed awareness and aid to our troops and their loved ones,” said Christine Duffy, president of Carnival Cruise Line. “The partnership will bring to life many of the heartwarming stories our troops have to share while in turn bringing them some fun along the way.”

In 10 cities along the course of Carrie Underwood’s The Storyteller Tour, which kicks off in Jacksonville, Fla on January 30, select military families, chosen in partnership with Operation Homefront, will be treated to a personal meet-and-greet with Underwood before her concerts. A video series highlighting the meet and greets and the families’ individual stories will be featured on carnival.com.

“I’m honored to be able to join Carnival Cruise Line and Operation Homefront to lift up these soldiers and their families,” said Underwood. “I am really looking forward to meeting them on my tour and for the opportunity to personally thank them for all they do for our freedom.”

Driving the effort to raise funds for the cause, fans of Underwood, and of the program, will have the opportunity to donate by clicking on the “Donate Now” button on carnival.com/HonorFamilyFun. Commemorative dog tags will also be available for purchase at merchandise stands at all Storyteller Tour stops as well as on board the fleet of Carnival ships with all proceeds going to Operation Homefront.

“Carnival Cruise Line really knows what it means to support our men and women in uniform and their families,” said retired Brigadier General John I. Pray, Jr., president and CEO of Operation Homefront. “We are absolutely thrilled to be partnering with the Carnival team and superstar Carrie Underwood to focus on the challenges our military families face as they work tirelessly to protect the freedoms we enjoy daily.”

The final stop in the cross-country Honor. Family. Fun. campaign will be New York City, where Carnival, Operation Homefront, and Underwood will treat hundreds of military families to a special concert aboard the new Carnival Vista at the Port of New York on November 4, 2016.

Carnival’s most family-friendly ship, Carnival Vista, will set sail in Europe in May 2016 and make her stateside debut as host of the special private pierside concert for military families. Designed to connect guests to the ocean with sweeping views and plenty to do both outdoors and in, Carnival Vista will take cruising to new heights and introduce an exciting array of groundbreaking new features including: SkyRide, a breakthrough suspended open-air cycling experience; the world’s first IMAX® Theatre on a ship; an expansive water park featuring the colorful Kaleid-O-Slide, the line’s first raft-riding water tube slide; Seafood Shack, a delectable New England-inspired eatery; RedFrog Pub, including the first micro-brewery on a U.S.-based cruise ship, and other exciting dining, bar and entertainment options.

In the coming weeks, Carnival will launch a new shipboard military appreciation program. Each ship will host a special event on board to recognize active and retired military personnel and their families and will kick off with a welcome video featuring Carrie Underwood.

Finally, it was also revealed that Carrie Underwood will join the Carnival LIVE! roster of artists in early 2017 with further details to be announced at a later date.

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