Carrie Underwood Signs Worldwide Recording Contract with Universal Music Group

“It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future," Underwood shared in a press release announcing the news. 

Carrie Underwood Signs Worldwide Recording Contract with Universal Music Group
Carrie Underwood; Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images

Carrie Underwood has found a new label home!

The seven-time GRAMMY winner and current ACM Entertainer of the Year nominee has entered a new worldwide recording agreement with Capitol Records Nashville under the Universal Music Group Nashville umbrella, Universal Music Group (UMG) announced today.

The news comes after Underwood fulfilled her previous contract with her longtime label of Arista Nashville, part of Sony Music Nashville, which she has called home since just after winning American Idol in 2005.

The new endeavor is one the “Dirty Laundry” singer couldn’t be more excited about.

“It’s so inspiring to me as an artist to feel this excited about the future,” Underwood shared in a press release. “The incredible team at UMG shares the heart and passion I have for music as well as the drive, and their innovative spirit has shown that together the possibilities are endless.”

“I also want to be sure to thank every single person who has played a part in my recording career so far. I will be forever grateful to them for all we achieved together,” she added.

Mike Dungan, Universal Music Group Nashville Chairman and CEO, is thrilled to have Underwood join the Capitol Records Nashville roster. “Already a top tier force in country music, Carrie’s vast talents and creative bravery show that she is an artist who is prepared to take on a wide range of artistic challenges. We are excited for the future, and honored by her decision to make Universal Music Group her label partner in representing this worldwide superstar in the next phase of her career.”

UMG Nashville President, Cindy Mabe, who helped launch Carrie’s debut album, Some Hearts, is equally excited to work with Underwood.

“When I decided to take my position with Capitol Records in 2007, personally one of the hardest people for me to leave behind was Carrie Underwood,” explained Mabe. “We were a team and I had the opportunity to watch her leave American Idol as a kid and mature into one of the most important artists with the most powerful voice in music. It was amazing to be a small part of that ride. I am so proud and humbled that she has chosen to sign with Universal Music Group Nashville and that we will once again join forces as she writes the next chapter of her soaring career as a global superstar of enormous integrity and talent.”

Underwood, who recently celebrated her 100th appearance at the Grand Ole Opry, is gearing up to head to Las Vegas for this weekend’s 52nd Annual ACM Awards where she is up for two trophies, including the night’s top honor, Entertainer of the Year. She’s also slated to take the stage for what is sure to be a show-stopping performance during the telecast.

The ACM Awards will broadcast live from the new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, April 2 (live 8:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.