Remember When Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis Performed Together On ‘American Idol?’

Carrie Underwood, one of the most successful American Idol winners of all time, returned to the show five years after…


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May 4, 2020


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Carrie Underwood, one of the most successful American Idol winners of all time, returned to the show five years after her big win to perform a duet with country music legend Randy Travis.

The pair joined forces on the Idol stage in 2009 during Grand Ole Opry Week on Idol to perform a stunning rendition of “I Told You So.” Underwood and Travis, who are both members of the Grand Ole Opry, delivered a memorable performance of the song while seated next to one another behind the iconic Opry microphone stands.

“I Told You So” was originally recorded by Travis and rose to No.1 in 1988. Underwood recorded a cover of the song for her 2007 album, Carnival Ride, and later teamed up with Travis to record a duet of the song. Their collaboration was released to country radio and once again, became a massive chart success.

Growing up in Oklahoma, Underwood was greatly influenced by the music of Randy Travis.

“Randy Travis is somebody that, I remember my sister had a cassette tape of his,” she once told People. “I would listen to it probably way more than she did, and I just loved not just his voice, because he has such a distinct voice, but his songs … it was such an amazing thing getting to meet him through that, and getting to be able to talk to him through that.”

Click above to re-live Carrie Underwood and Randy Travis’ performance of “I Told You So.”

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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.