Underwood radiant in Brisbane show
IF songs are an artist's babies then Carrie Underwood is one proud mother. And boy does she love what she does.
Standing on stage at her Brisbane leg of the Blown Away tour, the country-pop songbird was radiant as she introduced the first single she released post American Idol - Jesus, Take the Wheel.
She humbly described to the crowd her rise to fame and success but spoke with a sense of pride of the song and the special place it held in her heart.
It is this earnestness that is so endearing about Underwood. Her powerhouse vocals are delivered with a smile, a spring in her step and broken up by giggles and expressions of gratitude to the audience.
Dressed in cowboy boots, bedazzled denim shorts and plenty of bling with her mane of blonde hair free-flowing she is a visual representation of her music. A little bit pop, a little bit country, a side of rock and good serving of girl-next-door.
Kicking off her performance with Good Girl, she was straight into the action and was a ball of energy as she worked through her hits from her latest album, Blown Away, mixed in with her previous hits from the last seven years.
Paying tribute to the "great artists Australia has to offer" she belted out a cover of Inxs's Never Tear Us Apart, also making sure to share plenty of banter with both her band and the crowd between each song.
There is no fancy set, back-up dancers, or elaborate costume changes, just Underwood, her band and her voice. And that's all she really needs as is evident by the cheers at the end of each song.
The encore seemed a little contrived as the show ended before she had even played the title track of the tour. But a show without an encore these days are like an undercooked steak - very rare.
Her performance was a joy to watch quite simply because it was evident performing brought so much joy to her.
Damien Leith who opened the show gave a buoyant and energetic performance and interacted with the crowd with a cheeky boyish charm. His genuine love for music and performing shone throughout and demonstrated that Australian Idol can unearth just as much talent as its American counterpart.