Carrie Cunningham’s New Holiday Song “Eggnog”

Donna Block
8 min readNov 30, 2020


Carrie Cunningham is an international chart topping, performing songwriter who loves to entertain. Musically daring and more interesting than a traditional three-chord country singer, Cunningham is not unlike a Modern Day Bobbie Gentry. She has the sass of Miranda Lambert and a powerhouse voice like Martina McBride; all the while, the sweetness that seethes from the rich tones of Pam Tillis. From her acoustic to full band performance one thing is guaranteed; the audiences will witness her dedication and enjoyment to the craft of singing and performing.

What influenced your decision to pursue a career in music?

The main reason I decided to pursue music is because of how it made me feel. It was a release and a security blanket. I relied on my clock radio to get me through my childhood. Then when I started doing competitions, I wanted to prove to the world and to myself that I was stronger than the garbage being thrown at me.

In 1996 you wrote your first song, “Go Where Nowhere Begins.” Which 90’s country artists have had the most influence on your songwriting?

Wow, great research. At the time I wrote “Go Where Nowhere Begins,” Garth Brooks, Reba, and Shania were my most influential artists. Of course, I loved so many like Patty Loveless, Clay Walker, Alabama, Martina McBride and Dwight Yoakum, but the songs and stage performance from the first three were unmatched.

One of your favorite co-writers is Dave Quirk (“One Less Regret” & “I’ll Wait”). Besides attending writer’s nights, how