This Carrie Underwood performance will have you sitting on the edge of your seat John Russell/CMA
John Russell/CMA

“CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock” is already off to a hot start.

Carrie Underwood just delivered a blistering performance of her latest No. 1 hit, “Church Bells.” It seems Carrie steals the show at the CMA Music Festival year after year, and this performance is proof she’s done it again in 2016.

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The message of an abused woman standing up for herself that she shares in “Church Bells” is right up Carrie’s alley, too.

She explains, “I love a good, strong-woman story song. I feel like that’s kinda what I gravitate toward when I do songs that are a little more edgy.”

Even though the woman in the song ends up killing her abusive husband, Carrie insists “Church Bells” is not about revenge.

She says, “It’s about somebody being pushed to where they have to stand up for themselves. And I hope people are entertained. That’s the point when you find a good story song like that.”

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Story songs like “Church Bells” allow Carrie to build up the suspense when she performs the song, too.

“People are sitting around, like, ‘What’s going to happen next?'” Carrie says with a smile. “How’s this going to end?”

Carrie joins Miranda Lambert, Eric Church, Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan and many more on ABC’s “CMA Music Festival: Country’s Night to Rock,” airing Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. ET. Thomas Rhett and Brett Eldredge co-host the three-hour event.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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