Car­rie Un­der­wood’s world is a long way from the hard- luck themes of her songs, says

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Music -

LIS­TEN to her tough- girl tunes and gutsy bal­lads and you’d think Car­rie Un­der­wood’s life was rough and full of heartbreak.

Her new al­bum, Blown Away, is rife with songs of re­venge, abuse and love gone wrong, but with a happy mar­riage and mas­sive mu­sic ca­reer, Un­der­wood is far from bro­ken.

‘‘ Be­ing in love and hav­ing my won­der­fully nor­mal life out­side of the mu­sic busi­ness, I feel like I re­ally want to play dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters,’’ the world’s big­gest fe­male coun­try mu­sic singer says.

‘‘ I want to go some­where else with my songs other than ‘ look how happy I am, I love my hus­band so much’.’’

Right now, the Ok­la­homa- born Un­der­wood, 29, is fo­cus­ing on get­ting her new tunes out to the world.

She will tour Australia for the first time next month, play­ing Syd­ney, Melbourne, Bris­bane and even our coun­try mu­sic cap­i­tal – Tam­worth.

‘‘ I haven’t been to Tam­worth be­fore and I heard Keith Ur­ban played there and loved it, and it sold out su­per- duper quick,’’ she says on the phone from New York.

Un­der­wood hopes hus­band Mike Fisher will join her on the Aus­tralian leg of her tour to cel­e­brate the pair’s two- year wed­ding an­niver­sary on July 11.

She met the Cana­dian ice hockey player back­stage at one of her con­certs in 2008 and were mar­ried in a se­cret cer­e­mony in North Carolina.

Un­der­wood burst on to the mu­sic scene in 2005 when she won Amer­i­can Idol. Since then, she’s notched up five Gram­mys, six Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards and dozens of coun­try mu­sic gongs.

The re­al­ity singing show ( she’s


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