Carrie Underwood Shares Her Thoughts On The Current State of Country Music 

“There really is something for everybody now,” the superstar acknowledges.


Madeleine O’Connell

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April 4, 2024


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Carrie Underwood; Photo by Jeff Johnson

Carrie Underwood initially garnered fame with her hard-hitting pop/country songs, but over the course of her career, she’s expanded her sound to incorporate elements of gospel, rock and more. Many other artists have begun to do the same, which in turn has drastically evolved the country music scene. Underwood recently highlighted some of these genre-bending stars while opening up about this shift that she sees happening in the world of music.

How Does Underwood View The New Era Of Country Music?

“There really is something for everybody now,” Underwood told Yahoo Entertainment while reflecting on the state of the genre. “One of the great things about country music, and this is true for music in general, is that every genre has really just broadened itself. If you like things that are more traditional, you can find those. If you like things that seem more pop, you can find that. If you like things that can cross over into other genres, you can find something that you love — and it’s all part of the same family. I always welcome that.”

She goes on to credit Post Malone, Beyoncé and Jelly Roll as examples of artists who have recently crossed over into the country music realm and have seen great success with the sounds they are introducing to a new group of fans. Even though they have entered into a new chapter of their careers, these singers also maintain their authenticity by offering fans a unique cross-genre sound.

Underwood continued, “I love that people like Post Malone and Beyoncé and Jelly Roll, and people like that are artists first and foremost. They kind of weave in and out of different genres of music, and I think that’s really cool.”

Post Malone Has Been Seen Collaborating With Multiple Country Artists

HARDY, Post Malone, Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of CMA
HARDY, Post Malone, Morgan Wallen; Photo Courtesy of CMA

Post Malone and Beyoncé are the latest to make waves in country music. The rapper made his grand entrance into the genre during the 2023 CMA Awards when he joined HARDY and Morgan Wallen in delivering an unforgettable two-song tribute to the late Joe Diffie. The reimagined versions of “John Deere Green” and “Pickup Man” now appear on the just-released HIXTAPE Vol. 3: DIFFTAPE. 

Malone also hinted that he could have even more country collaborations in the works as he recently shared a video of him listening to a new track and tagged Luke Combs. Specific details surrounding the tune have yet to be released.

Beyoncé Is Embracing Her Country Music Roots

Photo Courtesy Beyoncé, Cowboy Carter
Photo Courtesy Beyoncé, Cowboy Carter

As for Beyoncé, who has been the talk of the town, she unleashed her first-ever country-influenced album on Friday, March 29, titled Cowboy Carter. This project featured a slew of collaborations with rising country stars like  Tiera KennedyReyna RobertsBrittney SpencerTanner AdellShaboozeyWillie Jones, as well as country music greats like Dolly PartonWillie Nelson and Linda Martell

The project has already garnered several historic moments including on the day of the release when COWBOY CARTER was named Spotify’s most-streamed album in a single day in 2024 so far. This marked the first time a country-album has earned the title of most streamed album in a single day for 2024. 

With new artists like Jelly Roll, Malone, Beyonce and many others breaking down the barriers of the genre, there’s no telling what will come next. 

Carrie Underwood; Photo by Jeff Johnson
Carrie Underwood; Photo by Jeff Johnson

Underwood To Continue Her Las Vegas Residency

Carrie Underwood recently wrapped up her latest run of REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency at Resorts World Theatre. The show is set to continue throughout 2024 with a slew of newly added dates.  

Additionally, she’s gearing up to perform her first-ever concerts in Hawaii on July 19 & 20 at Blaisdell Arena.

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.