Carrie Underwood Calls Paralyzed Fan Her ‘Champion’ after a Show-Stealing Performance
Carrie Underwood's performance with a paralyzed fan during her show in Las Vegas happened to be a show-stealer that the audience will remember for a long time. It is more memorable because of the fan's history with the singer.
Carrie Underwood before embarking on her "Cry Pretty Tour 360" promised her fans that she'd have one of them perform the rap part of her hit song "Champion" at every stop of the tour.
Underwood made the selections from the videos sent in by those who can perform the rap, and the inspiration for it came from the messages she received on how much the song has impacted and changed lives.
During the country star's show in Las Vegas, Steven Schiraldi, the fan chosen for that location joined her on stage midway through her performance of the song.
Their duet was inspiring and breathtaking, but what made it more special is Steven's physical outlook. The hardcore supporter of the singer was wheeled in by an assistant, and despite his disabilities, he did not miss a single note.
The fan who is also a songwriter suffers from Spina Bifida, and so far, he's had 47 surgeries to improve his quality of life. His story embodies the lyrics of the song about staying unshakable, unstoppable, and unbreakable.
Underwood celebrated his resilient spirit by calling him her "Champion" and describing him as "Amazing" in a post on Instagram. A YouTube video of the performance has thousands of views, and followers of the singer on social media applauded the young man's tenacity and fighting spirit.
The "Southbound" singer and Steven met for the first time in 2016 on her "Storyteller Tour" and reuniting and performing together was very memorable for him.
The tour started in early May and will end in October. Underwood is also using it as a way to show support for women in country music. She rose from below the stage for some of her performances, and her opening acts — Maddie & Tae and Runaway Jane did the same.
It is symbolic of women in the genre rising and having a voice. The "Temporary Home" singer is also taking out moments in her tour to honor strong women in country music like Tasha Yearwood.
The "American Idol" winner is equally a strong woman. Her tour is coming three months after having her second child with her husband, Mike Fisher.
The singer is not only juggling her family and professional life; she is putting extra time into her workouts with her trainer, Eve Overland, to get her post-baby body in shape.
In a post on Instagram, she revealed she is doing squats, alligator push-ups, lifting deadlifts, and running on treadmills. According to "Inquisitr," the singer struggled to get her body back and felt at one point that her efforts were not paying off.
Now, Underwood, a mother-of-two is taking it a day at a time and working out because she "Loves her body for all it has done and will continue to do."