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Carrie Underwood Was Afraid to Produce 'Cry Pretty'

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By Jennifer Vaughn

Carrie Underwood recently decided that she wanted to take 'more ownership' of her music. She appeared at the 2020 Country Radio Seminar that just took place in Nashville over the course of three days, from February 19-February 21, 2020.

Even though 'The Cry Pretty Tour 360' concluded in October 2019, it is worth mentioning that Carrie made it a point to choose other female music groups and artists to accompany her on the tour. Maddie & Tae and Runaway June were her special guests on the tour.

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Carrie brought this up in her interview at the Country Radio Seminar. She even voiced her opinion to 'Music Row' about the fact that women have a harder time succeeding in the music industry when compared to men, saying,

“We have to lift each other up because no one is going to do it for us."

Miranda Lambert, who was also at the Country Radio Seminar had very similar thoughts, also bringing all-female artists with her on her recent tour titled, 'Roadside Bars and Pink Guitars.'

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On the topic of gender equality in the music industry, Carrie went on to say,

“You try to figure out what the issue is and when you get back, ‘The song’s not testing well,’ or ‘She’s not testing well,’ I feel like everybody’s just over it,” Underwood acknowledged. “It’s frustrating because I see Maddie & Tae, Runaway June and so many other people who have got the goods, they have incredible songs, they are genuinely talented, and nice people who work their tails off. It’s frustrating to see them work for so long, to make minimal gains."

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Now that Carrie has tackled the project of helping to produce 'Cry Pretty,' maybe she will have the ability to help other female music artists more so in the future.

When first approaching her manager about the idea of producing the album, she was worried that it would not be well-received. Of course, the opposite occurred because Carrie is, well, extraordinarily talented.

Carrie went on to say more about the reaction of her manager and everyone involved in the project with words that show her excitement about the album.

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"It was just like, 'Yeah, let's do it.' And, the fact that I immediately had people that believed in me, in that capacity, and for me to go into that role meant everything. And then, David was all about it, and so it was fun. It was fun."

Carrie has always had her say in her music, but this is the first time that she has received this much credit for her efforts. When commenting on working on albums in the past, she said,

"I won't hesitate to say what I like, and what I don't like, and what I think needs to be different, or we've got to go back to the drawing board. So, I feel like I've always been working towards it, just being in it and putting my stamp on things. But, in this process, I got to work with David Garcia, and it was just such a great musical and, obviously, writing combo, and such a great relationship."

This seems like a new wide-open door of opportunity for Carrie, and she is sure to continue releasing amazing music.

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