by Matt Bishop | March 20, 2016
Last night, Carrie Underwood captivated a capacity crowd at the PPL Center in Allentown, PA with a spectacular stage show and performance. The singer’s Storyteller Tour has been packing arenas both around the country and overseas in Europe. The in-the-round production is Underwood’s most adventurous production undertaking of her career, complete with spotlights, strobes, CO2, and four wardrobe changes. She’s absolutely blowing audiences away in support of her latest studio effort Storyteller, which debuted strongly at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 last October.
The arena went dark and AC/DC’s “Back In Black” began to blast from the speakers. Then Carrie rose from underneath the stage in a sexy, shimmering gold dress amidst a plethora of strobes and spotlights. She opened with “Renegade Runaway,” the first track from her latest album. Then she tore right into a mashup of two megahits – “Last Name” and “Somethin’ Bad.” She gave the audience no time to catch their breath, as another foot stomper “Undo It” was up next.
Other highlights from the set were almost too many to count. Underwood dropped hits like “Cowboy Casanova,” “Church Bells,” “Little Toy Guns,” “Blown Away,” “Good Girl,” “Two Black Cadillacs,” and more. Especially moving was her rendition of “Jesus, Take The Wheel.” She poured her heart into it, hitting the high notes like a true vocal champion leaving the audiences jaws on the floor. She also covered Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” Carrie said to the crowd, “I know I’m no Dolly Parton by any stretch of the imagination.” That may be true, but that doesn’t it wasn’t a damn fine tribute to an icon.
In between the big hits and fan favorites, Carrie showcased her new record for the fans. She performed eight of her latest album’s thirteen songs, proving that she was not on the road to rely on past success. She closed out the set with her seminal classic “Before He Cheats.” Then, she returned for a two-track encore of “Smoke Break,” the lead single from Storyteller and her epic ballad “Something In The Water,” which featured a closing verse of “Amazing Grace.” To say Carrie received a standing ovation would be the understatement of the night.
Carrie Underwood has enjoyed just over a decade of success in country and pop music. Since the release of her debut album Some Hearts in 2005, she has sold over 65 million records worldwide. Throughout her career, Carrie has garnered five CMA Awards, seven Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, 11 ACM Awards, and 17 Billboard Music Awards. She was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008 and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Carrie has been nominated for the coveted ACM Award for Female Vocalist of The Year. The 51st Annual American Country Music Awards air Sunday, April 3 at 8/7c on CBS.