My First Time

Some of country’s top stars reveal the heartwarming, inspiring stories behind their personal and career first-time milestones.

Remember your first flight on an airplane? What about that first kiss . . . or your first real job? Here’s what some of your favorite country stars had to say to us about some of their memorable first times—and, no, we didn’t ask them about that first time!

For more, check out the Sept. 22 issue of Country Weekly.

Carrie Underwood—Her Nashville “coming out party” first performance

[CMT’s 100 Greatest Duets show] was awesome. That was really nerve-wracking to me, because that was sort of my debut in Nashville. We wanted to make a statement, because during the entire show [American Idol], I was dubbed “the country singer,” so we wanted to make a statement that that was really where I intended to go. So we came here for all the CMA Music Fest, and getting to do that was just amazing. They said there were a lot of young people in the audience, and that was really awesome. I just felt that was my debut, that was my statement, and I just wanted to do the best I could.

Reba McEntire—First Opry Appearance

[Sept. 30, 2007, marked the 30th anniversary of Reba’s first Opry appearance] I remember it very well. Mama and Daddy and [sister] Alice drove down from Oklahoma to see me on it. I was supposed to do two songs, but Dolly arrived unexpectedly so they told me I’d have to give up one of my songs. I said, “That’s okay by me. Just as long as I can be on the same stage with Dolly Parton.” I sang “Invitation to the Blues.”

For more on Jamey, check out the Sept. 22 issue of Country Weekly.

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