CMA Fest Rewind: QUEEN Carrie Underwood @ Nissan Stadium (Photos)

CMA Fest Rewind: QUEEN Carrie Underwood @ Nissan Stadium (Photos)

I wait all year for CMA Fest with the hope of witness Carrie Underwood live.

Sure, I could just as easily head to the Opry, or wait until her tour strolls through town — but there’s something about CMA Fest that is incredibly special. The very first time I saw Carrie Underwood live was at my very first CMA Fest. I was sitting next to my mom and burst into tears when she started in on Jesus Take The Wheel. It was emotional. While Underwood doesn’t include that in her CMA set anymore, there are no lack of hits.

This year, it was everything from the anti-domestic violence anthem, Church Bells, to the hauntingly inspirational Something In The Water. When Underwood struts across the stage, belting out hit after hit, it’s impossible not to take notice of the sheer talent and humble nature of the performer. She knows what she’s doing, but more than that, she loves what she’s doing. She loves being in front of the fans and sharing her music with them. It’s clear in every song she sings.

I walked away this year still a staunch defender of the vocalist. There are so few females out there unafraid to experiment, to belt, and to be uniquely them. Underwood has always been who she is. That above everything else is what I love most about her.

Tune into “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at 8:00 PM ET on the ABC Television Network to see even more from Carrie Underwood!

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