Carrie Underwood made her debut visit to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Thursday night (Oct. 3), where she stunned with powerhouse vocals during a performance of “Low” from her latest album, Cry Pretty.
In addition to a standout run through the emotive song, Underwood sat down for a 10-minute chat with Colbert about her first flight to American Idol, her path to fame, women in country music and her son being the “mayor of catering.”
“It was terrifying,” she said of her first time on a plane for Idol. “It still freaks me out to be honest. Back then I was by myself and there were lots of connecting flights to get there… there were so many contestants, that it was probably whatever was the most cost effective. One plane was late, so I missed the next plane… but I made it!”
While discussing her upcoming hosting duties for the CMA Awards, Underwood touched upon the theme of the awards show which is celebrating the legacy of women in country music.
“I feel like women are the backbone of country music, when you think back to some of the greatest country artists of all time, like Dolly, Reba, Loretta, Patsy, Tammy. They don’t even need last names,” Underwood said. “They taught me how to sing, they taught me how to act, how to dress, how to be onstage, they taught me that anything was possible. They’re why I get to do what I get to do, so I’m glad we’re celebrating that and hopefully we can keep that legacy going.”
Underwood, who is in the midst of her Cry Pretty Tour 360, told Colbert that her four-year-old and eight-month old sons are on the road with her and are having a blast. “Isaiah, somebody recently called him the mayor of catering because he loves seeing everyone and he’s got his scooter he drives around the venue in,” she said of her older son. “He’s such a people guy so he’s living the dream.”
Watch Underwood's visit to the Late Show below.