Lights out to pitch black as the audience ever so patiently waits in sheer anticipation for the soulful pop-country idol queen to enter the venue’s dynamic stage. On February 25, 2016, Carrie Underwood blew the Verizon Center away, overtaking the massively sold-out crowd by storm with highlighted favorites including: “Blown Away,” “Good Girl,” from the title album, Blown Away, and “Jesus Take the Wheel,” including the Carrie Classic, “Before He Cheats,” from her debut album, Some Hearts. Brace yourselves for a ride. It was promised to be an explosive night, and indeed that promise was fulfilled the moment Underwood let er’ rip with a diva powerhouse BANG in “Renegade Runaway.” With wild special effects adding for an intensive, dramatic flair throughout the concert, Carrie rode the waves of “Last Name,” and “Good Girl,” from albums, Carnival Ride, and Blown Away respectively.
If you’re looking for spectacle, and a heart-stopping show, Carrie Underwood’s performance is a breathtaking must-see.
It is absolutely astonishing how the diva artist’s voice has grown over the years since her days on Season 4’s American Idol. Infamous for being an overly cynical critic, even former Idol Judge, Simon Cowell, (who is not much of a Country fan), approved of this pop-country artist’s successful future. Underwood knows exactly how to captivate an audience’s attention, communicating her soulful lyrics with a pristine, crystal clear, and authentic powerhouse belt, which goes flawlessly unmatchable. It is practically every vocal artist’s dream to be able to perform like that night after night and only grow infinitely with such a dynamic stage presence over time.
Can we also mention how she puts on a dynamite show? From her glamorous costume changes, to the awesomely effective pyrotechnics, and stage props, what other artist would you see standing on a jukebox while massively belting out “Cowboy Casanova,” at the top of her lungs. Transitioning to an effortless, “Heartbeat,” from her newest and latest album, Storyteller, Underwood presents with an almost magical connection with the audience, to an even more ethereal highlight of the evening, “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” from her first album, Some Hearts, which she claimed as a song hitting very close to home for her. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a concert venue shine as brightly, as thousands of audience members lit up their cell phone lights in tribute of Underwood’s magic.
And how about the phenomenal fiddle player’s standout solo in the number, “Wasted,” from Some Hearts? During “Blown Away,” Underwood’s heart-stopping purple, flowing Zena, Warrior Princess dress compliments the stage’s esthetics brilliantly, definitely a sight and sound to behold, transitioning into an epic, “Two Black Cadillacs,” from Blown Away. Of course the magical Pop-Country Princess leaves a few tricks up her sleeve in a powerful standoff harmonica playing battle with a band-mate. Approaching the end of the evening, Underwood paid tribute to a life-inspiration of hers as she sang an emotionally heartfelt rendition of “I Will Always Love You,” by Dolly Parton, segueing into another Carrie Classic, “Before He Cheats,” from Some Hearts.
Each new song on her latest album offers Carrie fans a fresh new perspective from the storyteller herself, emotionally delving into the storytelling aspect country music highlights. If you’re looking for spectacle, and a heart-stopping show, Carrie Underwood’s performance is a breathtaking must-see.
Running Time: Approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.