It’s safe to say that one of Carrie Underwood’s favorite things about touring is connecting with her fans. And she’s been doing just that for 15 years now since winning American Idol in 2005, touring almost every year and releasing six albums—her latest of which, Cry Pretty, debuted at No. 1 on both the Billboard 200 and Top Country Album Charts—and earned Underwood a place in music history as the only woman to land four country albums at the top of the all-genre Billboard 200 chart, as well as the first female country act to top the Billboard Artist 100 Chart. But now that she’s a mother of two, Isaiah, 4, and Jacob, 1, she relates to her fans on a completely new level.
Underwood tells Parade.com that during her 2019 Cry Pretty Tour 360, she was able to connect to other working moms just like her.
“I see a lot of women come to the shows and they’re kind of around the same age as me and have kids and we can talk about what it is like being a working mom,” she explains. “We’re all juggling.”
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And one thing that’s become clear to Underwood, 36, is that as a busy working mom who went from maternity leave to a month of rehearsals for her six-month Cry Pretty tour, according to E!, and performed twice at April’s 2019 ACM Awards 11 weeks postpartum—managing to find a moment to pump before she hit the stage—she needed the wardrobe to match her 24/7 on-the-go life.
CALIA by Carrie Underwood features breathable mesh-paneled yoga pants and sports bras, but also shiny leggings, soft chic sweaters and fuzzy winter accessories abound. The line, which is sold at online and at Dick’s Sporting Goods, ranges from prices $25-$125. She’s not only the founder of CALIA, she’s one of the brand’s designers.
She says she wanted to launch CALIA “to fill a gap that would make things more personal and feminine and pretty.”
For instance, while she may feel like a hot mess at school drop-off, she doesn’t want to necessarily look like she just rolled out of bed. So whether she was going to the gym, or tour rehearsal, she wanted to have the clothes that not only were cute, but still comfortable.
“I do want to work out, but I might not have time to go do a wardrobe change and go pick up my son from school,” she explains, “I’m not putting on a fashion show every day and changing my clothes 20 times to fit exactly what I’m doing in the moment! CALIA is about making things super versatile and going with the flow.”
Going with the flow could definitely be her line’s motto. After all, her pieces from CALIA work for her workout—and her soundchecks.
“It sort of carries me through my day—that can carry [any] busy lady throughout the day,” she shares. “[I wanted to create clothes] that were technical, but things that you could wear outside of the gym and not feel like you’re about to go lift some weights at all times of the day.”
As a working mom, Underwood, who’s been married to hockey player Mike Fisher for almost 10 years, knows the struggles that parents all face during the daily grind—besides just finding comfy, functional clothes to hang in.
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“You have to juggle and balance and work around school programs,” she explains. “I’m like making lunch for my kid and then I’ve gotta do a photoshoot. It’s like many working moms, only my job’s a little more random.”
But it helps when Underwood talks with fans and realizes she’s not alone.
“We all have our things,” the singer shares. “We all have our own individual struggles. We all have our stress. We’re all trying to do the best in our careers and be the best mom, wife, best friend. Whatever your goals are in life, we’re all just juggling.”
But this new way of connecting with her fans has taught her, “We’re all in it together.”
Finding her flow
So does Underwood have any secrets to keeping it all under control? Well for starters, a workout is always on her agenda.
“I do need to work out and my husband does know that I need that in my life,” she said. “Even if it’s just a short workout in the morning, he’s like, ‘Oh I know you’re happier when you work out,’ and I’m like, ‘I know!’”
“I’m the kind of personality that likes to feel like I’ve gotten something accomplished and when I work out, it’s like I’ve accomplished something today,” she adds. “So the rest of my day, I’m just in a better mood.”
What else does she need on a regular basis?
“Wine,” she shares. “I’m not gonna lie. I work out in the morning. I have my coffee, I can’t live without coffee.”
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Besides caffeine, she also sticks to a strict 8 p.m. bedtime to allow herself time to relax with Fisher.
“I put the kids down and we sit and watch Investigation Discovery or something and drink wine,” she explains. “It’s all my life. It all flows and goes together.”
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