Checotah native Carrie Underwood admitted that she still fears that people won’t show up to her concerts in an interview with co-host Gayle King broadcast today on “CBS This Morning.”
“I’m still thinking, God, are we doing this for a reason? Are people going to show up? Are people going to like it?” the country music superstar tells King. “Are people going to fill those seats out there? Or is this the wrong thing to do?”
The six-time Grammy winner discussed her continuing support for “American Idol,” her alleged “feud” with fellow country star Taylor Swift, her hopes for having children, and her childhood.
Along with the video posted above, here are excerpts from the interview:
KING: I see you tweeting about “American Idol” and I think that I love the fact that you still embrace the show that introduced us to you.
UNDERWOOD: I love watching. I love seeing hopefuls, just like I was, you know—this could change their lives forever. I think that’s why people like to watch shows like that, is because it’s a Cinderella story.
KING: It is a Cinderella story. And let’s talk about how it has changed your life. When they say Carrie Underwood, it’s a bona fide success story. Do you ever sit and go, wow—I am that girl?
UNDERWOOD: It’s overwhelming and I don’t feel like that girl.
KING: You don’t?
UNDERWOOD: No. I mean I— my friends—we are—I promise you, we’re the most normal people ever.
KING: When you were thinking about what fame would be, is this it?
UNDERWOOD: When you grow up thinking I want to be famous, you know, if you’re a kid and you see people singing and you’re like, wow, that must be awesome, you really think of them, you know, everybody—somebody does everything for them. They don’t have to do anything. There’s a lot of work (laughs) and there’s a lot of people that it takes. And everybody has to do their job, including the artist. You have to be willing to wake up at 4:00 to get ready in the morning to go on a morning, you know, TV show or radio show. And you stay up late because you have a show to put on.
KING: And with fame comes a lot of success and comes a lot of gossip about your personal life. The latest feud, I went on, was between you and Taylor Swift.
UNDERWOOD: What is that about?
KING: Is there a feud between you and Taylor Swift?
UNDERWOOD: No, not that I know of, at least.
KING: So what’s your favorite Taylor Swift song?
UNDERWOOD: My favorite Taylor Swift song, oh my gosh, I really like “I Knew You Were Trouble,” which is—
KING: Yeah, “I Knew You Were Trouble”—
UNDERWOOD: —one of her newer ones.
KING: (Singing) “I knew you were trouble when you walked in”—
KING: And somebody who knows you said to me, who shall remain nameless who said he remembers the days when Carrie used to worry about somebody showing up at her concert.
UNDERWOOD: Oh, yeah.
KING: Do you remember that?
UNDERWOOD: I mean I still do.
KING: You still worry about people showing up to your concert?
UNDERWOOD: Yeah we gear up for a big old tour like the Blown Away tour and we’re, you know, we’re talking staging, we’re talking lighting, we’re talking, you know, all the background video. We’re talking band and where they should be and how they should play and my wardrobe, all of that stuff, and I’m still thinking, God, are we doing this for a reason? Are people going to show up? Are people going to like it? Are people going to fill those seats out there? Or is this all—is this the wrong thing to do?
KING: Why do you doubt, Carrie, after all this time? Because you’re on album #4. Why do you doubt, after all this time, that people won’t show up to see you?
UNDERWOOD: I don’t know, but I’d rather doubt than be completely overconfident and have it blow up in my face. (Laughs)
KING: Okay, I get it. I get it.
KING: How has marriage changed you?
UNDERWOOD: I mean, I had become, not in a bad way, but I know I had become selfish just because I only had me to worry about. And, you know, I look at my friends and people that I grew up with, most of them have multiple children right now. But he had been the same as me and really only had himself to worry about. So we—it took some adjustment for both of us.
KING: Do you want multiple children?
UNDERWOOD: I think two is a good number. You know if can have one, you might as well have two. They can keep each other company.
KING: And does your mother say. “When are we going to see the first one?”
UNDERWOOD: My mom’s the opposite, you know. She never pressured me to like, get married. She certainly isn’t pressuring us to have kids.
KING: But you will when you’re ready.
KING: And you’re fine with that, yeah?
UNDERWOOD: There’s so much to do and the way my life is right now and the way my husband’s life is right now, it would, it would just be a lot more, I think, than all of us could handle. I think it’s, at some point it’s going to be that I’m going to have to jump in kind of thing cause is there ever going to be a good time?
KING: And my last question—you will have accomplished everything you really want to do professionally and personally when you do what?
UNDERWOOD: I mean I’d say I’ve surpassed any expectations (laughs) I ever had for myself.
KING: And personally, you would have accomplished everything you want to do when what?
UNDERWOOD: It’s all about relationships and forming good relationships and making people’s lives better. And I think at the end of my life, I hope I will have been able to say I did all of that, I made a difference. Not just in, like, music or—and that stuff’s awesome, but it’s—it’s more about, like, personal relationships and changing people’s lives for the better.