The Showdown: Cole Swindell vs. Carrie Underwood
Swindell has been best-known for his party anthems, but he takes a much more mature approach to "You Should Be Here," the lead single from his forthcoming sophomore effort. The piano-based ballad was inspired by the death of Swindell's father, and it certainly shows a different side to the singer-songwriter, with much more genuine emotional impact than fans might have expected from him in the past.
Underwood's latest single is "Heartbeat," and it's also inspired by a personal subject matter. Underwood says she was thinking of her husband when she recorded it, and it shows in her impassioned vocal performance, with Sam Hunt putting the finishing touches on the track by contributing vocal harmonies.
Listen to clips of both Swindell and Underwood’s songs and vote for your favorite here. You can vote once every hour until this Showdown ends on Friday at 8AM ET, so come back and vote often to be sure your artist wins. The winner of this matchup will face a new challenger on Friday.
Listen to Cole Swindell, “You Should Be Here”
Listen to Carrie Underwood, “Heartbeat”
Showdown Rules: The song with the most votes wins, and the winner goes on to face a new challenger in the next Showdown. Vote as much as once per hour online. If a song wins five Showdowns in a row, it will be retired into the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame to allow for new songs to compete. Some songs will be considered for a second Showdown if voter turnout is healthy in a losing effort.