Microsoft Inspire Partner Celebration
by Farwah Aslam
If you’re going to sing like a rock star then you might as well do it on a stage. Why stage? Because it accentuates your every single motion. And Carrie Underwood has never had a problem in that department. Carrie Underwood; country music superstar, and voice of Sunday Night Football, gave a live performance in a spectacular event. Microsoft inspire Partner Celebration, was the host of the event held at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. on July 12th
One big reason was the stage, allowing Underwood to prowl and strut to her high heels’ content. Also giving eager fans a show they would remember for days to come. But such a stage won’t get you far if you don’t know how to work it; 11 years after winning American Idol, Underwood still has that oomph. In an era of country music loaded with young female talent –the likes of Maren Morris, Kacey Musgrave, Kelsea Ballerini – Underwood alone remains, with the voice and ambition to go full pop star, unleashing the full force of her vocal arsenal and crooning like a woman ready to take the wheel back from Jesus!
She rose from center stage. Looking compact and composed as a tiny blond cake topper, Underwood unleashed her Oklahoma county-fair voice. It was a string of driving singles – a mash-up of Last Name and Something in the water. An opening run designed to overpower your senses, to keep you on your feet, and it worked beautifully.
More than once, the set felt like the creation of a veteran arena rock act like U2. The ambitious stage and lighting had a lot to do with that. Not to forget the aggressive performance of her band. The guitarist Ed Eason, chiming out epic, and propulsive riffs on Blown Away, Clock Don’t Stop, and Smoke Break and Something in the Water.
Microsoft Inspire is not all business: the conference is also host to multiple ancillary events. Inspire is not only where thousands of partners from around the globe meet for business. In addition to that, it’s also where people from around the world congregate to celebrate Microsoft partners, all their innovations and their successes. Partner conference is the event that sets the tempo for everything that happens throughout the year. There are people from nearly 140 countries and that’s a pretty stunning number to say the least.
Last year, the celebration was in a spectacular fashion with a live performance by Gwen Stefani. And this year they brought another huge name for the biggest partner celebration yet. Ladies and Gentlemen Carrie Underwood AKA Queen of Country-Pop.
She is a seven-time GRAMMY Award winner. She has collected over 100 major honors, sold 64 million records worldwide, and recorded 25 #1 singles. 13 She co-wrote 13 of her singles. Her songs hold the record of streaming over 2.6 billion times worldwide.
In addition to a great performance, there was a plenty of food, fun, and opportunities to make new connections. A night of celebration in honor of successes, innovations and collaborations. An event where world meets to transform business and shape the world at the behest of innovation and technology.
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