Carrie Underwood recently gave an elementary school choir the surprise of a lifetime.
The choir, comprised of third and fourth graders from Andrew Jackson Elementary School in Old Hickory, Tennessee, caught the attention of Underwood earlier this year with their impressive cover of her massive hit “The Champion.”
When the superstar learned that the choir was a recipient of the CMA Foundation’s music education grant and had the chance to perform at CMA Fest, she made a plan to surprise them during rehearsals.
The students were visibly shocked to see Underwood walk in the room. Some even had tears in their eyes.
“Carrie Underwood just popped out of nowhere,” one smiling student gushed. “She is such an inspiration to me.”
They even had a chance to perform for Underwood herself.
“You guys are going to be so amazing,” Underwood assured them. “That crowd is not going to know what hit ’em.”
The Andrew Jackson Elementary School choir later performed “The Champion” in front of 50,000 fans at CMA Fest.
The festival will soon be brought to life when ABC airs its annual CMA Fest special. Hosted by Thomas Rhett and Kelsea Ballerini with special guest host Bobby Bones, CMA Fest airs Sunday, Aug. 4 at 8/7c on ABC.