Carrie Underwood’s mix of stunning vocal power and well-conceived production made her concert tour one of the best of 2010.
Added to her history as an “American Idol” winner and a consistent hitmaker, it’s little wonder that country music’s all-American girl is also one of the genre’s most-intriguing personalities off the stage, too.
Thus, her marriage this summer to hockey player Mike Fisher was one of the most-celebrated nuptials of the entire year, coming in at No. 6 on the GAC countdown of the one dozen top stories in country during 2010.
The couple exchanged vows July 10 at a resort in Greensboro, Ga., in front of an A-list audience of 250 people, including Garth Brooks, Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Carrie’s dog, Ace, wore a pink tuxedo, and contemporary Christian singer Brandon Heath sang “Love Never Fails” for the couple’s first dance.
The concept of a country starlet marrying a professional athlete appears glamorous, especially when Carrie put Mike to work in some small cameo roles for the video to “Mama’s Song.” But both of them have jobs that involve a lot of travel. She’s based in Nashville, he’s centered in Ottawa, and they’re separated much of the time. Their life together is unconventional, to say the least.
“I don’t feel like I’ve lived married life yet,” Carrie told Robin Roberts in an ABC special that aired in November. “It’s great. Whatever it is.”
Probably makes it all the more difficult when Carrie and Mike are constantly peppered with questions about when they’re going to have kids. Like their lives aren’t busy enough already!
Their schedules did work out nicely at Christmas. Ottawa plays just one game in Nashville during the NHL season, and it happened to fall on Dec. 23. Carrie was there to see him play, and they were expected to spend the holiday in Music City, where the town experienced a rare white Christmas, a fairytale conclusion to the year for country’s most-celebrated newlyweds.