Carrie Underwood Opens Up About Life On the Road with Her Sons

Carrie Underwood does it all. She’s an incredible singer, songwriter, entertainer, fashion designer and most importantly, a dedicated mother. A…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 13, 2019


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Carrie Underwood; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Carrie Underwood does it all. She’s an incredible singer, songwriter, entertainer, fashion designer and most importantly, a dedicated mother.

A mom of two boys, Jacob, 4 months, and Isaiah, 4 years, Underwood does her best to balance her career with her family life. In order to spend as much time with her children as possible, she has her entire family in tow while traveling the country on her massive Cry Pretty Tour 360. She’s enjoying every minute of it, but admits it can be tough at times.

“I must be a duck, calm on the surface and paddling like crazy underneath,” Underwood told reporters backstage at CMA Fest in Nashville last week (quote via “It’s definitely a different ballgame because [Jacob’s] so much younger than Isaiah was when I took him on the road. There’s a huge difference between four months and 11 months. I wasn’t feeding Isaiah in the middle of the night. It’s like he knows when I have a really busy morning or a ton of stuff to do the next day, because that’s the night that he’s going to be up like four or five times. Like last night.”

While touring with her boys can be a challenge, the seven-time Grammy winner feels blessed to have a career that allows her to have her family nearby.

“It’s great that I have the kind of job where I can bring my kids with me,” she shared. “They’re around, and when I have to step away and go ‘Mommy has to go work,’ there’s a great support unit around me that, they got it. And then when I’m done, I come back and we do our best to make things as normal as possible and try to stick to some sort of schedule. This is our life, and I’m lucky that they get to be around.”

The Oklahoma native’s Cry Pretty Tour 360, which also features special guests Runaway June and Maddie & Tae, runs through October 31.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.