LAS VEGAS (March 31, 2016) – Seven-time GRAMMY winner and ACM Female Vocalist of the Year nominee Carrie Underwood has just announced The Storyteller Tour – Stories in the Round will extend through the fall and include a stop at the brand new T-Mobile Arena Saturday, November 26. The in-the-round arena tour launched to rave reviews in January and has already played sold out shows across the U.S. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 8 at 10 a.m.
“I always love being on the road performing for my fans,” shares Underwood, “but something about this tour feels more magnetic than ever. Having a 360-degree view of the audience gives me the opportunity to connect with more fans and feed off their energy. I can’t wait to continue this tour into the fall!”
Concert review critics have applauded Underwood’s confidence and command over the massive stage that spans the entire length of the arena floor. The Washington Post claimed she’s “at the top of her game,” and the Hampton Daily Press said the show’s “presentation is overwhelming, from start to finish- a spectacular sensory overload that had the crowd roaring all night long.” Rollingstonecountry.com praised “the in-the-round setting provides each concertgoer with the best experience possible. Simpler still is the storytelling aspect of the show and country music’s reliance on conveying memorable stories in song.” The Boston Globe stated, Underwood “demonstrated that she now truly can stare unflinchingly into those lights and dominate a stage, with a confidence, defiance, and a sense of ownership that have been a treat to watch come to fruition. A rock-solid, deftly sequenced hour-and-45-minue long set, which moved from playful to solemn, smooth to twangy, and from cinematic scope to smaller, intimate moments. The most stunning part of the production however, remains Underwood’s voice, strong and nuanced.”
The North American tour, promoted by AEG Live, will include special guests Easton Corbin and The Swon Brothers. Tickets will be available for The Storyteller Tour beginning Friday, April 8 at 10am local time at axs.com. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets for the U.S. shows before the general public beginning Monday, April 4th at noon local time through Thursday, April 7th at 10 p.m. local time. For information on fan club and D2C pre-sale opportunities and VIP packages go to www.carrieunderwood.fm.
Carrie will continue a donation of $1 from each ticket sold at the U.S. dates of The Storyteller Tour to be contributed to the C.A.T.S Foundation to help aid its causes including Checotah, Oklahoma’s education and literacy programs. Established in 2009, the C.A.T.S. (Checotah Animal, Town, and School) Foundation helps with general causes, needs, and services in the area of Checotah, Oklahoma, Carrie’s hometown, to directly impact the community.
Each of Carrie’s three previous headline arena tours, 2008’s Carnival Ride Tour, the Play On Tour in 2010, and 2012-2013’s Blown Away Tour played for over one million fans. When the Blown Away Tour wrapped in 2013, Carrie had performed 112 shows in 110 cities across three continents and six countries, including sold-out shows at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall, and two nights at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia.
The tour is in promotion of Carrie’s new album, Storyteller, which was heralded by Rolling Stone as “the most anticipated country album of the year.” The album was produced by Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell with six of its 13 songs co-written by Carrie, including the #1 hits “Smoke Break” and “Heartbeat.”
About Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed nearly 100 major honors, sold 58 million records worldwide, and recorded 23 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 1.5 billion times worldwide. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s top female country touring artist for her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her first four studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied an incredible 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. In 2013, Underwood starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. In December of 2014, the Grand Ole Opry member released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Billboard’s best-selling hits album of 2015, the chart-topping package was certified Platinum in January of 2016, making Underwood the only country artist – and one of only six all-genre artists – to launch an album to Platinum success since the time of its release in December of 2014. Celebrating her first 10 years of music, the collection’s 25 songs included two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood: the Platinum-certified, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water,” as well as the Gold-certified “Little Toy Guns.” In 2015, she began her third season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and returned for an eighth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. Underwood’s chart-topping, Gold-certified fifth studio album, Storyteller, has produced two #1 singles with “Smoke Break” and “Heartbeat.”
About Easton Corbin
Mercury Nashville recording artist Easton Corbin is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. American Songwriter says, "Easton Corbin has one of those rare, glorious voices that was made—just made—for singing country music.” His self-titled debut album released in 2010 and spawned back-to-back hits “A Little More Country Than That” and “Roll With It;” making him the first country male artist in 17 years to have his first two consecutive singles reach No. 1. In 2012 the Gilchrist County Florida native released his sophomore album, All Over The Road, which included the Top 5 hits “Lovin’ You Is Fun” and “All Over The Road.” Corbin set a career-best debut on Country Airplay with his top 5 hit single, “Baby Be My Love Song," from his No. 1 debuting album About To Get Real.
About The Swon Brothers
The Swon Brothers (Zach and Colton) surprised their fans on January 29th of this year with a brand new EP called TIMELESS which hit the #2 spot on the Country iTunes chart and #19 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums Chart. On January 30th they kicked off their first show in Jacksonville, Florida on Carrie Underwood’s “Storyteller” tour, which spans 40 arenas across the U.S. and Canada, and are also playing a slate of their own “Swoncerts” nationwide. The duo, who gained notoriety as finalists on NBC’s “The Voice,” released their major-label debut, THE SWON BROTHERS, on October 14, 2014, putting their stamp on the 11-song collection by co-producing with award-winning producer Mark Bright. The album’s first single “Later On” was the duo’s first Top 15 HIT. In 2014 the brothers received a CMA Award nomination for “Vocal Duo of the Year.” They received an ACM Award nomination for “Vocal Duo of the Year” followed by a CMT Music Award nomination for “Duo Video of the Year” in 2015 and also opened for Brad Paisley on his Country Nation World Tour earlier that year. Honored with the Rising Star award by the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2013, the Muskogee, OK, natives have been charming fans with their incredible sibling harmonies and fun-loving personalities since childhood.
About C.A.T.S. Foundation (Checotah Animal, Town, and School Foundation)
Established in 2009, the C.A.T.S. Foundation helps to improve Checotah, Oklahoma by assisting with causes, fulfilling needs, and providing services to the community and surrounding area. Funds for the Foundation are raised through public and private donations as a way to support on-going efforts in communal areas as well as aid for the local school system for projects such as updated computer labs to enhance the learning experience, musical instruments and equipment for music education, new playground equipment to promote being active, and the building of a new animal shelter where emphasis is placed on the importance of spay and neutering, pet adoption, and general pet welfare. “My hometown is extremely supportive of me and I feel blessed to be able to create something as a way of giving back; to say thank you,” said Carrie Underwood. For additional information go to http://www.thecatsfoundation.com/
About T-Mobile Arena
T-Mobile Arena is a privately funded indoor arena set to open in April 2016. The 20,000 seat venue, located west of the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, is expected to host more than 100 events annually, including UFC, boxing, hockey, basketball and other sporting events, major headline entertainment, awards shows, family shows and special events. Las Vegas’ newest landmark will feature 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes, complete broadcast facilities, and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings and fan amenities destined to create a guest experience second to none. The Arena has partnered with international iconic brands including Coca-Cola, Schneider Electric, Toshiba American Business Solutions Inc. and Cox Business, as the venue’s first “Founding Partners.” These Founding Partners will introduce and brand signature fan initiatives, displays and interactive spaces including Toshiba Plaza, an adjacent two-acre entertainment space which will feature a performance stage, a variety of video screens and other interactive content and display areas. Industry-leading architect Populous designed the venue to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for LEED® Gold Certification. T-Mobile Arena is a joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information visit the T-Mobile Arena website at www.t-mobilearena.com.
About AEG Live
AEG Live, the live-entertainment division of Los Angeles-based AEG, is dedicated to all aspects of live contemporary music performance. AEG Live is comprised of touring, festival and special event divisions, seventeen regional offices and owns, operates or exclusively books thirty-five state-of-the-art venues. AEG Live’s global touring divisions of Concerts West, Atlanta Worldwide Touring, Messina Touring Group, Marshall Arts, Marshall Arts USA, Goldenvoice Touring and AEG Live New York, London, South America and Asia consistently promote and produce top 10 international tours. The company operates The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and produces residency shows there including Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Rod Stewart, Reba, Brooks & Dunn and Jerry Seinfeld; is the exclusive promoter at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas; and produces limited-engagement performances at The Venetian Theatre including Diana Ross, The Judds and John Fogerty. AEG Live is also the largest producer of music festivals in North America from the critically acclaimed Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival to Stagecoach Country Music Festival and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. www.aeglive.com