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Originally posted by _Joy_:
Carrie Underwood can sing the whole Nashville bunch right under the table and they would probably be the first to tell you so. There are a FEW that can match her, but just a few.


Yeah, I agree Joy. I think Rascal Flatts deserved their award also. I have seen them in concert twice, all three are super talented vocalist and sound great in harmony.
I love Carrie Underwood! She has a voice that rivals Martina McBride and she outshines the other ladies in her age group by a mile. Her huge award winning song (Before He Cheats) is incredible. Add to it the fact that it was written by Florence native and Rogers High School graduate Chris Thompkins. How can anyone call that junk? The only place Carrie Underwood has junk is in the trunk!
Joy, have you seen the video for "Stay"? Jennifer Nettles breaks down in the video, too. The story on CMT is that they were going to stop, but she wanted to keep going and capture the pain and the feeling. I wonder if she can ever sing that song and get through it without tearing up? Whoever that guy is... he really messed her up!

Kellie Pickler did a great job on her song, too! I don't think she has a great voice, but she really has a lot of heart to make up for what she lacks in vocals! I read the article in People on her and how her mama pretty much abandoned her and her daddy was in jail during most of her childhood. It's so awe inspiring to see someone like that make it big!
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Originally posted by _Joy_:
I like them too, fhantom. So they are as good live. I will remember that next time I hear of a concert near here.

Did y'all hear Sugarland? Talk about singing like you mean it. I don't really identify with the song she sang, but she did an awesome job singing it.


I've seen Sugarland twice. They are amazing in concert. They truly look to be having a blast when on stage.
TSC...Yep, Martina is one of the few that can match Carrie. I've already decided that when I get to Heaven, I'm going to sing just like Martina McBride..just open my mouth and roar effortlessly. Smiler

That's great about Kellie Pickler, not what happened to her but that she overcame something so huge. You don't have to be a statistic...you can overcome and refuse to repeat the mistakes of the generation before you.

just saying...I swear, that girl could make the "Oscar Mayer Weiner" sound awesome....haha.
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Originally posted by DEENALYNNE:
I am SOOO glad the Dixie Chicks didn't win. They are so tired and boring they need to retire! And Carrie Underwood is really slipping. Her first song was great but nothing but junk since. Why give her an award?


That's funny cause I was just discussing with my co workers. You know how some of the singers don't sound all that good live and I have never heard Carrie Underwood be a little off! She always sounds really, really GOOD! Love her! American Idol has given us so many good entertainers!!
I totally disagree on both counts. Dixie Chicks' new album is awesome. I don't care about their views, so maybe that's the difference? xD

And Carrie Underwood, couldn't be slipping even if she was on a slope of ice in water soled shoes. That girl's range and rythym is outstanding. Big Grin

I didn't watch a good portion of the CMA's last night, but Kellie Pickler's performance made me tear up. I didn't know the backstory, but the way she was fighting back tears, you could feel what she was feeling. Good for her, I say! Smiler

~Amanda
Carrie Underwood is rarely ever off and I think she is the closest thing to Martina McBride to come through Nashville, but she still isn't MMc.

I was actuallly impressed with Kellie Pickler. She doesn't try, but has become the modern day version of Dolly Parton -- country to the core and you never know what she will say next. But where I was impressed was her actual overall composure even with the emotions that were pouring out while she was singing. It says something about a performer when they are singing from their heart and showing you their heart -- crying -- BUT stay mostly on key/on pea/and you can still understand the words they are saying...it is very hard to do -- and she handled it all very well last night and gave a great ending to "her story". I was very impressed...

I was also impressed with Keith Urban and Gary from Rascal Flatts who both sounded like they had "shot their wad" so to speak -- they had done all they could do and during the crunch of a Live show -- still gave great performances.

AND Jamie Foxx did great at filling and covering when Gary pointed for him too -- I sing so I notice those things, but they made that song smoother with the ad lib....

All around -- some of the writing and filling oculd have been more entertaining, but i was pleased with the show...
Big Grin

Glad to know I'm not the only singer/vocalist on here. Big Grin

I forgot to mention about Rascal Flatts. I noticed that too, but Jamie Foxx lifted it back into place. Was Gary sick? I figured it was something like that.

I'll readily admit I missed portions of it- Watched it during commercials for Criminal Minds and CSI NY.

I never thought about it before, but you are very right about Kellie Pickler being like a Modern day Dollie. That is sooo true! Big Grin

~Amanda
I have a question for ya'll that sing and saw Kellie Pickler's performance. I noticed when she walked out that her monitor was not in her ear, but rather laying on her shoulder. Isn't that little ear piece so you can hear the music? Why wouldn't she have it in her ear? I have been wondering about that since last night, so if anyone can shed some light on that... I'd appreciate it! Here's an image:

Edit: I just realized this pic is from Summerfest, but it is the same thing that she had going on last night. Does she just not like the little thing in her ear??
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Originally posted by T S C:
I have a question for ya'll that sing and saw Kellie Pickler's performance. I noticed when she walked out that her monitor was not in her ear, but rather laying on her shoulder. Isn't that little ear piece so you can hear the music? Why wouldn't she have it in her ear? I have been wondering about that since last night, so if anyone can shed some light on that... I'd appreciate it! Here's an image:

Edit: I just realized this pic is from Summerfest, but it is the same thing that she had going on last night. Does she just not like the little thing in her ear??


That little in-ear monitor thing would probably just have mostly her voice in there. Sometimes however, it's hard for some singers to keep on pitch unless they can hear their "head" voice. I mean her actual voice coming out of her mouth. I can't tell by the pic, but she might have the other one in her other ear. Sometimes when eveything is coming at you through the monitors, it's hard to tell what's what. Or, which one is me? Wink
I missed Kellie's performance, TSC. I was switching back and forth watching The Ghost Front (WWII film) on PBS with my son...graphic, intimate & difficult to watch, but if y'all have a chance to catch it, do so.

I agree with the others. I've never worn one of those ear things, but I would assume it works like the monitors that face you when singing. They have to be reset for each singer...some like to hear their voice and some don't...some need the music louder, etc. She probably can hear all she needs to with it on her shoulder, but if she put it in her ear, it would be too loud.
It's not that uncommon that an singer/performer would take their earpiece out. I've done that before, because hearing the music was actually bungling me up with my pitch/speed OR it was hurting my ear.

It's mostly there to help a singer hear their own song. It's like a cue so that they can hear themselves, since the stage and music often prevents an artist from hearing their own voice through their performance.

Almost like a feedback for them to use, to keep on pitch and rythym. I also agree with w_z in that sometimes your head voice is better. The ear monitors are very loud too, so it might overbear their ears too.

This is also why at concert or live, artists sometimes sound very different from their cd's, especially if they don't use these things. Big Grin

Why she took her's out, I don't know, but it's probably for one of the above reasons. Big Grin

These are also used in the news by casters, in those it is actually a person, feeding the words to the news broadcaster, cuing them on what to include and say. Smiler I know that because my cousin was a newscaster for a local station. She isn't a reporter anymore, but she does still consult with them sometimes Smiler

Great question though! Big Grin

~Amanda
Thanks you guys! It is great to watch an award show where the singers actually sing. She did a great job!

On another note... Now ya'll already know I love me some Kenny Chesney, but a few years ago he opened the CMA's and he sang "Young". Do any of ya'll remember? Our boy was lip syncing and it just shattered me when I realized it. Well, a lot of folks realized it all at once because his microphone fell out of the stand and hit the floor. Miraculously - his voice never stopped. I notice now that he keeps a hand on that mic at all times when he is singing!
Yes, I remember that...you also notice a lot that lip sync -- keep the mic right in front of their mouth to try to cover...that makes me so mad...

That was part of what I enjoyed Sun night -- even with rough scratchy voices and not hitting the right notes at times or the high notes at all -- it was live and it was real and you know the artists have talent when they are willing to get on a stage and basically say "here I am -- bash me cause I sound off -- but I'm really doing this" -- that is awesome.

It is good to know they are not always perfect either -- they really are more in touch with their fans than a lot of the pop and rap artists..

Speaking of rap artists -- I noticed on one of the reality shows that one sang on -- EVEN THEY LIP SYNC most of the time...that is ridiculus!

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