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Radio programmers at the three-day Country Radio Seminar in Nashville got a double shot of new music from two top vocalists, Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill.
During a showcase aboard the General Jackson paddle boat on Thursday (Feb. 23), Carrie, Sara Evans, Jake Owen and Kellie Pickler all performed, but it was Carrie's powerhouse vocals that impressed the crowd as she introduced her new single, "Good Girl," for the first time in front of top radio executives. "I wanted you to hear it first because you are extremely important," said Carrie, before launching into the hard-driving song, which sounds like a natural fit alongside such tunes as "Cowboy Casanova," "Undo It" and "Before He Cheats."
The very next day, Faith greeted radio executives during a Warner Music Nashville luncheon with a string of hits, including "This Kiss" and "Mississippi Girl," before giving the crowd a sneak peek of a few tracks from her upcoming album. She repeatedly called performing "fun," as she introduced "600 Years," a blues-influenced romantic song detailing the sweet taste of freedom she feels with her lover.
She also offered the up-tempo track "American Heart," in which she name-checks several states across the country and extols the bravery and free spirit of Americans, singing, You can't break an American heart.
The Grammy winner closed out the set with a bluesy rendition of her 1994 No. 1 hit, "Piece of My Heart," and a powerful version of "Stronger" from her 2002 album, Cry.
Her piercing and soulful high notes proved that her voice is as strong and emotive as ever and earned her a standing ovation from the industry crowd.