Carrie Underwood’s Christian Baptism Inspired Her Latest Hit, “Something in the Water”

Image Courtesy Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood sings about the transformation of being baptized as a Christian in her new single, “Something in the Water.” Looking back on her own baptism a child in Oklahoma, Carrie tells Billboard, “It really was just kind of a wonderful day.”

She says, “I wanted to do that. I had gotten saved, and that was the next step, you know. That was kind of what we had always been taught. I just remember being so proud that day.”

Carrie and her studio band and background vocalists certainly felt the spirit when they recorded the song a few months back.

Says Carrie, “My manager has a video on her phone of me bouncing in the room because I just couldn’t contain myself. We were going to church in the studio.”

“Something in the Water” is included on Carrie’s new compilation, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, due out December 9.

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Toby Keith and Vince Gill Nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction

Image Courtesy Show Dog/UniversalToby Keith and Vince Gill are among the nominees for possible induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.

Other nominated non-performing writers include Bobby Braddock, who wrote George Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today” and Billy Currington‘s “People Are Crazy,” and Bob McDill, who wrote Alan Jackson‘s “Gone Country” and Alabama‘s “Song of the South.”

The Songwriters Hall of Fame honors composers and lyricists whose work has had an impact around the world. Voting among the Hall of Fame’s members is underway now through December 15. The inductees will be announced following the vote, and they’ll be honored at the 2015 Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards Gala on Thursday, June 18 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

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Artists Announced for 2015 Country to Country Festival in Europe

Image Courtesy BBMA/Dick Clark/ABCEurope’s biggest country music festival is getting even bigger in 2015. Luke Bryan and Lady Antebellum will headline the C2C: Country to Country Festival, returning to London and Dublin on March 7 and 8. This year, the festival expands to Stockholm, Sweden and Oslo Norway on February 28 and March 1, respectively.

Florida Georgia Line, Brandy Clark, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore also are slated to perform at this year’s C2C: Country to Country Festival. Go to for ticket information.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Trisha Yearwood‘s #1 debut hit? ANSWER: “She’s in Love with the Boy.”

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“Nashville” Recap: “I Feel Sorry for Me”

Image Courtesy ABCOn Wednesday’s Nashville, Juliette Barnes sought to quietly give her unborn child up for adoption without telling the father, her ex-boyfriend Avery Barkley. As Avery sank deeper and deeper into the bottle trying to get over Juliette, she had a miscarriage scare. The sonogram showed the baby is fine, and Juliette began thinking about raising the baby herself. Avery made a big scene at his pal Zoey‘s going away party at the Bluebird and ended up getting arrested after cops found him sleeping in a stranger’s car. Avery could only remember Juliette’s phone number off the top of his head, so he called her to pick him up from jail. Juliette wanted to tell Avery she is carrying his child, but he went off on her again for ruining his life and walked away.

Rayna Jaymes found herself in a bidding war with her former label president Jeff Fordham to sign new artist, Sadie Stone. Rayna and Sadie bonded while shopping for a wedding dress for Rayna’s upcoming wedding to superstar, Luke Wheeler. Sadie even drove like a mad woman when the paparazzi started chasing them as they left the wedding dress shop.

In the meantime, Jeff Fordham got close to Rayna’s ex-husband, Nashville mayor Teddy Conrad, in a bid to get close to Teddy and Rayna’s talented children, Daphne and Maddie. Rayna eventually convinced Sadie to sign with her label, Highway 65, by telling her how anti-women Jeff Fordham really is in business. Rayna and Sadie then sang a duet, “Gasoline and Matches,” at Sadie’s Nashville concert to seal the deal.

When he found out Rayna had beat him to signing Sadie, Jeff set his sights on signing Rayna’s daughters, Daphne and Maddie, as payback. Look for Jeff to use his growing friendship with Teddy to pull that off.

So, how to true to life is Rayna’s experience as a 40-something female country star? We asked Trisha Yearwood, who is navigating very similar situations to Rayna every day. Trisha is a big fan of Nashville, and she tells ABC News Radio, “I really identify with Rayna being her age. I mean, I’m older than her, but I kind of identify with that character a lot, and just the things she goes through and how the odds are kind of against her and all that.”

Rayna and her fiancée, Luke, are trying to juggle their crazy touring and recording schedules on the show. Trisha says those scenes between Luke and Rayna often hit close to home as she navigates life with her husband, Garth Brooks.

Trisha says with a laugh, “The thing with her and Luke, a little bit of it is like, ‘I know it’s not about us, but…it’s interesting.”

Rayna and Sadie’s duet on “Gasoline and Matches” is now available at iTunes. As for Trisha, her new single, “PrizeFighter,” is available for download at GhostTunes.

Nashville returns with another all-new episode next Wednesday night at 10 ET on ABC.

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Nashville Notes

Burke/Triolo Productions/ThinkstockThe CMA Country Christmas special will air December 1 on ABC. Jennifer Nettles returns as host.

Trisha Yearwood has signed on to perform at the 2nd Annual Save the Children Illumination Gala Wednesday, November 19 at The Plaza hotel in New York City. Tony Blair, Ben Affleck and merchandiser T.J. Maxx will be honored for their work on behalf of children around the world.

The Doobie Brothers have released a behind-the-scenes video of the making of “Listen to the Music” from their upcoming collaborative album, Southbound, due out November 4. The clip is now posted at and features appearances from Blake Shelton on vocals and Hunter Hayes on guitar.

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Brad Paisley Launching Moonshine Spirit Clothing Line

Image Courtesy Jeff Lipsky/Boot BarnBrad Paisley is entering the fashion world with his new Moonshine Spirit by Brad Paisley clothing line at Boot Barn. The collection includes boots, shirts, jeans, cowboy hats, t-shirts and more aimed at the modern, country man looking for style and a contemporary fit.

Brad says, “Boot Barn and I have created what I think is an authentic and very wearable line of country clothing. It’s hip, modern, progressive, rugged and country — ready for the stage and ready to go out on the town.”

Brad found inspiration for the Moonshine Spirit clothing line in his latest album, Moonshine in the Trunk. Brad’s collection will debut at the grand opening of the new Boot Barn store in Nashville on October 24. The full line will be available online at and in Boot Barn stores everywhere on December 1.

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Jason Aldean Scores Second #1 “Billboard” 200 Album with “Old Boots, New Dirt”

Image Courtesy James Minchin/Broken BowCongratulations to Jason Aldean on earning his second #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart with Old Boots, New Dirt. The project sold 278,000 copies, according to NielsenSoundscan. Only Coldplay and Eric Church have scored bigger sales weeks so far this year.

Jason knocks last week’s chart-topper, Blake Shelton‘s Bringing Back the Sunshine, out of the #1 spot. This is the first time in more than a year one country album has replaced another country release at the top of the album chart.

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Country Star Trivia

Comstock/ThinkstockWhat is the title of Trace Adkins‘ hit duet with Blake Shelton? ANSWER: “Hillbilly Bone.”

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Thomas Rhett Cuts a Rug in “Make Me Wanna” Video, Open to Competing on “Dancing with the Stars”

Image Courtesy Big MachineFans who’ve seen Thomas Rhett in concert know he’s got some smooth dance moves, but now he’s showing them off for everyone else in the new video for “Make Me Wanna.” The inventive clip features Thomas dancing in different situations as the camera spins around a brick room. It’s a far cry from the original idea they had for the video.

Says Thomas, “We had a talk about doing the typical guy-girl in a truck riding down a dirt road kind of video, but I was just like, ‘I can’t do that again. I’m done doing just the normal video.'”

Thomas had fun dancing his way through the video changing clothes from a formal tuxedo to a simple t-shirt and jeans in different shots.

Thomas says, “Any excuse I get to wear a suit, I mean, I’m gonna go for it. So, that was my attempt at pretending like I was James Bond and James Brown at the same time.”

Thomas and his wife, Lauren, are big fans of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and she recently asked him if he’d be open to competing on the show himself.

“I would love to do it, but I don’t know that I could actually pull it off,” Thomas admits.

“Make Me Wanna” is the latest single from Thomas’s debut album, It Goes Like This, available now in stores and online.

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