Luke Bryan Says Alyssa Wray Has ‘Star Sparkle’ Following Carrie Underwood Cover

Alyssa Wray covered Carrie Underwood’s GRAMMY-winning hit, “Something in the Water.”


Lauren Jo Black

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April 4, 2021


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ABC’s American Idol returned on Sunday evening (March 4) with an exciting round of celebrity duets, featuring a number of superstar artists including Brian McKnight, Ryan Tedder and Jewel. 

Top 24 contestant Alyssa Wray took the stage with a cover of Carrie Underwood‘s GRAMMY-award winning single “Something In The Water” during her solo performance, earning praise from each of the Idol judges: Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan. 

“Something In The Water” appears on Underwood’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1. The song released as the album’s lead single in 2014, earning the country superstar her 14th career No. 1. 

Later in the show, Wray performed a duet alongside Idol alum Katharine McPhee. The judges couldn’t help but to gush over their duet. 

“Watching you perform is like watching someone trying to keep a cap on a volcano,” Richie shared. 

“I think you’re the first singer that really held your own on stage with the other star,” Perry added. 

Bryan was equally impressed. 

“You’re giving me and all the judges just star sparkle,” Bryan told her. “I mean, I watched you onstage with a star be your own star and it was awesome. I loved it!”

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Fans can vote for Alyssa Wray by using the official American Idol app, visiting or by texting 3 to 21523. Please note, fans can vote 10 times, per contestant, per voting method.

Click above to watch Wray’s full performance of Underwood’s “Something In The Water.” 

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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.