Fresh from international stops across the Atlantic, Checotah native and Academy of Country Music double-nominee Carrie Underwood’s “Blown Away Tour” has returned to play a string of sold-out arenas in North America to rave reviews.
All 22 tour dates performed so far this year have been sell-outs, including Buffalo, N.Y.’s First Niagara Center, Hamilton, Ontario’s Copps Coliseum, Spokane, Wash.’s Spokane Arena, and Fresnom Calif.’s SaveMart Center, each with sold-out crowds of over 10,000 attendees.
The six-time Grammy winner’s “The Blown Away Tour” broke records at the WFCU Centre in Windsor, Ontario, Canada as the fastest sell-out to date for the arena, as well as record-breaking attendance. The tour, which launched last June, has played across the United States, Canada, the U.K., Ireland, and Australia, and will perform a total of 111 dates in less than a year before wrapping on May 23 in Abbotsford, BC, Canada.
After performing Tuesday night in St. John, NB, Canada, Underwood will head to Los Angeles to debut “See You Again,” the fourth single off her platinum-selling “Blown Away” album Thursday night on “American Idol.” On Sunday, she will perform on the ACM Awards in Las Vegas, where she is nominated in the Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year (“Blown Away”) categories.
Underwood has produced three major arena concert tours in her career so far, 2008’s “Carnival Ride Tour,” 2010’s “Play On Tour” and 2012’s “Blown Away Tour,” each resulting in her being named the top-ranked country female touring artist of those years. In 2012, she performed for more than half a million fans on the first leg of the “Blown Away Tour.”
A donation of $1 from each ticket sold on the North American leg of the “Blown Away Tour” continues in 2013 to support Red Cross disaster relief. Every year, the American Red Cross prepares for and responds to nearly 70,000 disasters across the United States. This donation will help the Red Cross provide shelter, food, and emotional support for those in need after a disaster. Proceeds from her Canadian concerts will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross.
Since releasing her debut album in 2005, Underwood has sold more than 15 million albums and placed 17 No. 1 singles on the charts. Her recent album, “Blown Away,” made history by debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart, making her only the second country artist in the 47-year history of the chart to have each of their first four albums debut at No. 1. The now platinum-selling “Blown Away” album also debuted at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, making the Oklahoma native only the second country artist in history to have three consecutive albums debut at No. 1. She is a six-time Grammy winner, a two-time Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year, a three-time Country Music Association and ACM Female Vocalist winner, and a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry.