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Carrie Underwood Hopes to Help Make Country Music Popular in the UK

Carrie Underwood

Carrie Underwood performs a sold-out show on Thursday, June 21, 2012 at London's Royal Albert Hall. Photo by Brian Rasic, courtesy of Schmidt Relations.

Carrie Underwood is currently in the UK, celebrating the European release of her Blown Away album. She tells The Sunshe hopes to have an impact on the British market and help shape their opinion of country music.

“I don’t really know why country music isn’t popular in Britain, but I’m hoping to change that,” she said. “Country music is all about people, it’s about how you live, it’s not about pimped out limos and bling bling. It’s about life and people that you know and stories you can relate to. That’s what I love about it.”

As part of her UK tour, she performed her first European show at the Royal Albert Hall on Thursday. “I’m so excited to come over here and perform for the first time,” she said. “It is a great time to get involved as there is every kind of country music out there at the moment.”

Carrie admitted she was nervous about performing in Britain and worried people wouldn’t show up. Her show at Royal Albert Hall sold out in just 90 minutes however, leaving her worries unfounded. “I’m always a bit nervous when we go to a new area,” she told The Sun. “When I heard the good news and people were going to show up I was really relieved.”

Carrie recently spoke out in support of gay marriage during an interview with Britain’s The Independent. She was met with both support and backlash. Speaking to the Associated Press in London, she addressed the controversy surrounding her statements.

“I was asked a difficult question in the last five minutes of an interview and I answered it the best way I knew how,” she said. “After that I do what I do and I love making music and I generally try to stay out of any kind of controversy.”

As one of the most successful female artists in country music, Carrie realizes people look up to her. She tries to keep that in mind, but admits it’s not easy being in the spotlight.

“The role-model word is really scary to me, because no matter what happens in your life, something you do, wear, say, sing, whatever — somebody somewhere is probably not going to like it too well,” she said. “I just really try hard to do what I do and try to be nice to people and make great music and if people think they can look up to that, that’s wonderful. If not, that’s OK too.”

Carrie will venture to Australia for four shows before returning to the U.S. She will kick off the North American leg of her Blown Away tour on September 14 in Manchester, Rhode Island. Hunter Hayes will join her as a special guest.

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