Friday, May 2, 2008

Carrie Underwood breaks down on stage

Country star Carrie Underwood broke down in tears onstage in Atlanta, Georgia on Thursday while performing a song inspired by her mother.She was performing at The Arena at Gwinnett Center outside of Atlanta on Thursday.

The American Idol star began sobbing during a rendition of Don't Forget to Remember Me, on the latest leg of her tour supporting Keith Urban. During the performance of "Don't Forget to Remember Me," from her album Some Hearts, the country singer broke down into tears in the middle of the song's second chorus. According audience members, the singer cried through several lines of the song – then attempted to tackle the chorus but broke down again.

Underwood struggled through the song, but couldn't overcome her tears.

A representative for the star insists the song was written for her mother, and about her leaving home. Lyrics include, "Hey Momma ... tell Me-maw that I miss her/ Yeah, I should give her a call/ And make sure you tell Daddy that I'm still his little girl."

According to her rep, "Carrie just got overwhelmed in the moment with the song 'Don't Forget To Remember Me.' When she reflects on what has happened to her in the past few years since Idol, coupled with the crowds' reaction to that song, she just reacts in performance."

Underwood later recovered and finished the concert tear-free.

Carrie Marie Underwood is an American country singer-songwriter who won the fourth season of American Idol. She also is a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer. She is the first Idol winner to sweep all three major music awards (Billboard, American Music, and Grammy Award) in one single season.

Since her sweep, she has become a multi-platinum selling recording artist. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was certified seven times platinum and is the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history.

Some Hearts sold a total of 7 million copies as of February 2008. In addition to being the best selling album by an American Idol contestant in the United States to date, it is also the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history.

Her second album, Carnival Ride, was released on October 23, 2007. It has so far produced two number one country hits, "So Small." and "All-American Girl". The album's third single, "Last Name" is currently climbing the charts.

Aside from her vocals, Underwood's success is attributed to what many fans recognize as her wholesome image. In general, many of her songs also present inspirational and uplifting themes and messages. To date, Underwood has sold over 11 million copies worldwide in the last two years.

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