With Athena, Goddess of wisdom and war, looking down on her, Carrie Underwood got emotional during a listening party for her upcoming album, Cry Pretty.
Taking place at the Parthenon in Nashville, Carrie was every bit the Goddess as she spoke to family, friends and industry folk about the blood, sweat and tears put into latest project.
“There are so many people in this room that have just been so amazingly supportive throughout this entire process,” Carrie said through tears. “I just thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I couldn’t have done this without you. So thank you so much. Enjoy.”
And enjoy they did. While guests were feasting on hors d’oeuvres, towers of Ivey cupcakes and specialty drinks, including The Cry Pretty (Vodka, Lemon, Rosé Berry Syrup, Soda) and the Redneck Margarita (Tequila, Lime, Mountain Dew), there were ushered into an oversized room that housed the Athena statue.
As Carrie stood in front of Athena and spoke of her project, she was able to outshine the 42-foot tall statue, having all eyes focused on her. Carrie played all 13 tracks from her latest offering, speaking occasionally in between and introducing producer David Garcia.
“I started with working and writing with David and he would do the demos. I’d get them back and be like, ‘Oh crap, this is really good. What’s this guys story,’ Carrie said. “I talked to Ann, my manager, about potentially producing and me producing with him and it seemed like a good idea at the time. And I think it worked out.”
The result, Carrie’s sixth studio album Cry Pretty, set to be released on Sept. 14.