For the shortage of female singers, songwriters and musicians that there is in country music, we have to say that the women that we do have are pretty dang awesome! From newcomers like Kelsea Ballerini to the heritage artists like Loretta Lynn, the softer sex (that often packs a little heat in their handbag), is well represented. And right up there at the head of the parade is grand marshal Carrie Underwood.

No, we aren’t saying Carrie carries. What we are saying is we care a lot about Carrie. Did you follow that? Here, we’ll make it easier: we’ve got five big reasons that we love this Oklahoma songbird and, of course, the fact that she sings her tail feathers off is one of them.

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It’s hard to single out a favorite Carrie Underwood song, but when she released the sizzling revenge anthem, “Before He Cheats,” she revealed a whole other side to her powerhouse vocals. She also showed us that while she is, by anyone’s measure, a good girl and a great role model for girls and young women, she knows how to interpret a song, which makes her an in demand artist for all of the great songwriters in Nashville.

Besides, it was just fun to see an artist we had come to know as delicate, feminine and polite in a role that had her swinging a Louisville Slugger with payback on her mind.

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Of course, we also love the comedic side of Carrie that she reveals annually as co-host (with Brad Paisley) at the CMA Awards. Quick-witted and self-deprecating, we admit to laughing a little more than we expected we would the first time she took on co-hosting duties, and now it’s one of the events we most look forward to. Of course, Brad’s deadpan delivery makes the perfect counterpart to Carrie’s innocent zingers, so the pair has amazing chemistry. And again, we see another side of the country star we absolutely adore.

We love her voice, we love her heart, we love her sass and her sweetness. We have so many reasons to love Carrie Underwood, and you can check out our favorites when Erin Holt lists them all in this special edition of Rare Country’s 5.

And come back later in the week when we share more of the news in and around country music in Rare Country’s 5.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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