Carrie Underwood Celebrates Two No. 1 Songs in Style and Reveals New Single

Carrie Underwood Celebrates Two No. 1 Songs in Style and Reveals New Single

Carrie Underwood was double-dipping Thursday evening (Aug. 11) when she celebrated two of her singles—“Heartbeat” and “Church Bells”—hitting the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.

Ivey_Cakes_Carrie UnderwoodThe shindig took place at the Bell Tower in Nashville where Carrie and friends noshed on salads, chicken and steak skewers and cupcakes—from Ivey Cupcakes—arranged in a gorgeous tower display. To wash it down, guests sipped on specialty drinks named after Carrie’s songs, including Church Bell Sour, Summertime Storyteller and Heartbreak Rita.

Carrie, along with songwriters for both No. 1 hits—Ashley Gorley (“Heartbeat”) and Zach Crowell, Brett James and Hillary Lindsey (“Church Bells”)—took to the stage to thank those involved in helping the songs reach No. 1 and to perform “Jesus Take the Wheel, “Heartbeat,” “Church Bells” and “Dirty Laundry.”

“These events need music,” Carrie said from the stage. “This what we are here doing, we’re celebrating, so why not?”

Carrie took a moment to reveal what the next single from her Storyteller album would be. “I can tell you what the next single is—it’s ‘Dirty Laundry.’ I’m very excited.”

And so are we.

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Carrie (center) with songwriters (from left) Ashley Gorley, Hillary Lindsey, Brett James and Zach Crowell

Photos by Nikita Palmer

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Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

Michael Ray Honors His Grandma Penny with a Tattoo

When you’re getting a permanent addition to you body, you want to make sure it means something, right?

Michael Ray has several tattoos, but each one has a personal connection to his life, “All my tattoos are either family based, religious based, or music based.”

He shares the story of one of his tattoos that honors his late grandmother, “So, my grandma, Penny, she passed away a couple of years ago, and I have a tattoo memory of my grandfather, and I wanted a tattoo for her. Her nickname was Penny, and I got a penny with my Grandmother’s birth year, 1942, on the date, on the inside of my arm.”

If he could change one thing about the tattoo…it would just be WHEN he got it. Turns out Michael got it on a show day, and it being on his arm, well, Michael admits “I started playing guitar that night…for the show, and it hurt like hell.”

But even with that night of pain Michael proudly says “it’s probably my favorite tattoo.”

 

Photo Credit: Sean Hagwell