Mother’s Day is Sunday and some of your favorite country stars share their stories of love and support that their Mom’s have given them throughout their lives. Carrie Underwood tells us that she is most grateful to her mother for the example she has set and the overall life she provided. “I think the most important thing that I’ve learned from my mom and both my parents is just how to be a good person. They worked really hard making sure that me and my sisters had a really good life and had all the opportunities in the world and we grew up right, so I think the best thing I can do is pass that on to my kids someday, and it’s nice to have her around too.”
Lady Antebellum‘s Hillary Scott still has a couple of months to go before she can officially call herself a mom, but she’s taking the opportunity to celebrate Mother’s Day. She tells us, “I’ll claim Mother’s Day this year, even though she’s technically not here yet. I feel her everyday (laughs), but, yeah, it’s definitely special. I’ve never really felt the way that I feel now about my own mom, about becoming a mom myself, like knowing what my mom went through to get me and my little sister here and then raising us and just what a commitment and a challenge, but how it’s the most rewarding thing in the world. Even though my daughter isn’t here yet I’m still so overjoyed and honored to be given this opportunity to be able to bring her into the world.” Hillary and her husband, drummer Chris Tyrrell, anticipate the arrival of their baby girl in July.
Chris Young tells us that he’s so grateful for everything his mom has done for him, particularly since she was a single parent for several years. “It’s a really big time of year for everybody. Even if it’s just to get to spend a little time with your mom. You know, it’s not necessarily all about, you know, getting her a gift, it’s about just saying, ‘Thank you.’ I mean, they really do shape so much of your life. Your parents do. And your mom’s always a big person. Especially for me. She raised us for a little while, me and my sister, basically by herself. Before my stepdad, who I call my dad, came in the picture, it was just her. And we . . . I never, as a kid, wanted for anything. And that was how my mom looked at everything. And that’s how a lot of moms do, and I think that’s why we have a Mother’s Day. Just some of the stuff they do, that they give up for their children, really to make sure you have a great life and a great experience as a child. It’s pretty amazing how much of their personal time they give up, and go, you know, ‘This isn’t for me, this is for my kid.’”
Eric Church sings the praises of his own mom, with whom he credits with giving him some of his best qualities. “My mom, even though my dad won’t like this, my mom is by far the toughest person that I’ve met. She’s tough. One of those people that’s been through a lot in her life, adversity wise and never complains, always really resilient with anything that’s happened to her. And it’s just that attitude, the positive attitude, regardless of what has happened that I think is the one thing that I got from her. With career, she’s always been a person that’s been really positive through times that I couldn’t find a positive streak, (laughs) and she was always really positive, and very much believes in tough it out, keep working hard, and that’s her motto with stuff like that. I’ve always been impressed with that stuff. Then musically, she’s where I get my talent from, musically. She sings great, always has, her mom sang great. I owe my musical chops to her. And she still sings some. So, career-wise, I owe her everything. And just in life-wise she’s given me a lot of the qualities that it has taken for me to get me where I am. Not only as a musician, but as a man.”