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Small towns and small churches. That’s what Carrie
Underwood says she loved about growing up in the Bible Belt, during the interview from last week’s VH1
Unplugged: Carrie Underwood. “It was really great growing up in the Bible Belt because we had so many small churches.
I love small churches because you are a community,” she said, adding she’d always go to her church on Wednesday nights for
her youth group. “It wasn’t weird that everybody went to church. It was not strange that Wednesday night was youth group night.
It wasn’t strange that every Tuesday morning, we would all get together on the steps and have a morning devotional before
school. It was so normal, and even if you didn’t participate, you didn’t pick on the kids that did, because … that’s just
the way it is.” And when Underwood wasn’t at church? She was still a good girl. “I never snuck out. I never went to a party
where parents weren’t at home. I never broke curfew. When we graduated, we got together and drank non-alcoholic champagne,”
she said. “It might sound boring, but it was so much fun.”