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Underwood takes CMA Songwriters Series back to Boston

Country superstar Carrie Underwood will appear for the first time in the Country Music Association’s highly popular CMA Songwriters Series, which will return to Boston on Tuesday, July 31, at Royale, a concert venue in downtown Boston’s Theater District.

The big event is more than a month away, but according to CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore, it should be an evening to remember.

“We first brought the CMA Songwriters Series to Boston last year, and it was a huge success.” Moore stated. “We are so excited to have Carrie participating in this event. New England’s country music fans are in for an unforgettable night.”

Since her debut in 2005, Underwood has sold more than 14 million albums, while scoring 15 No. 1 singles, seven of which she co-wrote: “So Small,” “All American Girl,” “Last Name,” “Cowboy Casanova,” “Temporary Home,” “Undo It” and her most recent No. 1 song, “Good Girl,” from her new album, “Blown Away.”

“Blown Away” debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s all-genre 200 chart as well as Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart, where it remained for five consecutive weeks. Underwood, who has co-hosted the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley the past four years, has won five CMA trophies including three for Female Vocalist of the Year.

Underwood was the winner of Season Four of Fox’s “American Idol,” which now is in its 11th season. She is by far the competition’s most popular performer. In addition, she has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 2008.

Joining Underwood will be Brett James, Luke Laird, Hillary Lindsey and Bob Diperio.

James, who is a Boston native, is known for such compositions as “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Cowboy Casanova,” both recorded by Underwood. Also, his credits include “The Truth” by Jason Aldean and “Out Last Night” by Kenny Chesney.

Laird has penned such Underwood hits as “So Small,” “Last Name,” “Undo It,” “Mama’s Song” and “Temporary Home.” In addition, his credits include “Baggage Claim” by Miranda Lambert and “Drink In My Hand” by Eric Church.

Lindsey brings her unique talent to the show. Her compositions include Underwood’s recordings “Just a Dream,” “So Small,” “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” “Wasted” and “Last Name.” Additionally, Lady Antebellum scored with “American Honey,” while Sara Evans recorded “A Little Bit Stronger.”

Rounding out the talent on the show will be Bob Diperio. He is a member of the Nashville Songwriter’s Hall of fame and will serve as the host for the evening. Among his many successful compositions include “Southern Voice” by Tim McGraw; “Blue Clear Sky” by George Strait; and “You Can’t Take the Honky Tonk Out of the Girl” by Brooks & Dunn.

In a statement to the press, Underwood said, “I’m so excited to be a part of the CMA Songwriter Series with Hillary, Luke, Brett, and Bob! Not only are they some of the most respected songwriters in Nashville, but I’m very lucky to call them my friends. It’s going to be a great night!”

Beebe writer Charles Haymes is a member of the Country Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. E-mail him at chaymes@sbcglobal.net.

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