Carrie, Garth, Blake, Martina + More Share Valentine’s Wishes
Valentine's Day is Sunday, and some of your favorite country artists are sharing their thoughts on love, romance and marriage. Which country stars are romantic? Which ones aren't? Which ones have a good reason to celebrate the holiday that's all about love? We've got the Valentine's scoop from some of your favorites.
Carrie Underwood's fiancé, pro hockey player Mike Fisher, has already done one of the most romantic things a man could do for his better half -- proposed! So, for Valentine's Day, to win her heart even further, all he has to do is get the blonde beauty a box of chocolates, preferably milk or white chocolate and caramels. "Chocolate is every woman's friend," explains Carrie.
One guy who is definitely a romantic is Garth Brooks, who puts wife Trisha Yearwood up on a pedestal every day with his actions and his words. "I'm not a coffee drinker, I just never have [been]," says Garth. But every morning, I fix her coffee. And it doesn't matter if we got in at five o'clock that morning and we're sacked up, I still get up in the morning and I fix her coffee, because it's an honor to fix her coffee. So, that's probably what she would say is the most romantic thing I do for her, even though some people might not think that's romantic."
On the other hand, there's Blake Shelton who has a few words of advice for any women who have waited until the last minute to buy a Valentine's Day gift for their man. "I'll tell you what every man wants for Valentine's Day -- and women, I don't give crap whether you like it or not," states Blake, whose lucky(?) Valentine is, of course, Miranda Lambert. "Give a guy money. Give a guy cash. I don't care if it's five dollars, 10 dollars, 20 dollars. We don't want y'all buying us socks or cologne or ties. Give us some money and we know what we want. We want beer and we want lighters, even if we don't smoke. We like to buy crap like that."
Blake may be missing his calling -- maybe he should become a relationship therapist. The singer is not one to mince words, and he has a very definite idea for the male species on what they should get their women on Valentine's Day. "I don't care if I'm talking to the sappiest girly-girl on earth or the complete opposite of that, which is my girlfriend, Miranda," begins Blake. "Every girl wants a ring. I don't care if you've been married 30 years or if you're just dating. Every girl wants some sort of jewelry. So, if you can just get over it and just go to the freakin' store and buy a ring every time, what can a girl say to you after the fifth ring you get her? Even if you spend 200 bucks, you got her a ring. 'I got you a ring. How are you gonna sit there and gripe at me? Is there anything more thoughtful than getting you a ring? Absolutely not!' Get her a ring even if you don't really care about her that much. It'll keep the peace for a while."
Miranda doesn't seem to mind, since she says she's not a romantic either. "My romantic side is more simple," says the singer-songwriter. "I don't care really about flowers." But bring her some chocolate, and she says "that's a different story."
Jay DeMarcus of Rascal Flatts reveals his favorite love song for each and every Valentine's Day. "'God Bless the Broken Road,' not just because we sung it, but it's just one of those incredible lyrics about everything that you go through leads you up to the point to where you finally fall in love with the one you're meant to be with."
Martina McBride, who scored a No. 1 hit with 'Valentine,' recalls coming home from dinner one night and retiring with husband John to the second-story porch where they often relax before bed. "We came home one night from being out ... and the whole thing was filled with flowers, a bottle of champagne and three books of short stories," says Martina. "He goes, 'I just want us to sit out here and read to each other.' And it was so beautiful. He's so multi-dimensional -- it's hard to explain. He's romantic, but he's funny and he's strong and he's a good person. He's an inspiration to me, really, on every level."
This will be the fourth Valentine's Day as a married couple for Keith Urban and his wife Nicole Kidman. The two have been through quite a bit over the past few years, and come out of it seemingly more in love than ever, and with a baby daughter to boot. As uncomfortable as it is for Keith to talk about his romantic relationship with his wife, he has said that it gives him "a tremendous gratitude" that his wife definitely feels loved by him ... and he by her. "That gives me a great centering on a daily basis that she also feels loved by me."
Montgomery Gentry's Troy Gentry has been thinking about the meaning of love in the days leading up to Valentine's Day, and he's not sure one can really define the emotion. "It's just something that you feel emotionally inside your heart," explains Troy. "It's an emotion, something that you feel and something that you share with another human being. It's just a partnership and a companionship and something felt between two people that [is] indescribable."
For anything he may do for Valentine's Day, Chris Young says he'll never beat his stepfather's romantic gesture one Feb. 14. "I can never live up to my stepdad, because he asked my mom to marry him on Valentine's Day, and then called us down from upstairs and asked me and my sister's permission," explains Chris. "So, pretty much anything I do, he made me look like a punk for the rest of my life on Valentine's Day."
Before tying the know with wife Cassidy, Dierks Bentley says Valentine's Day wasn't always a pleasant holiday for him. "Before, as a single guy, if you were dating someone, it's that holiday that comes along where you have to really stamp out on paper exactly where the relationship really stands," says Dierks. "You don't want to undershoot it, because then you'll be in trouble if you don't give the right present or don't say the right things. You're gonna be in the doghouse. But then if you overstate your hand, then you're moving the relationship way faster than you actually want to."
Billy Currington remembers his first girlfriend and Valentine -- from the first (or second) grade -- and he really didn't have all that much game, like he does now. "I remember, 'Okay, it's Valentine's Day and your mom going, 'You've got to get your girlfriend something and you've got to give it to her.' I'll never forget it. I got her a box of chocolates or whatever it was. And I remember going down to her classroom and knocking on the door and getting her to come to the door. I handed it to her and then took off running."
Another romantic guy is Keith Anderson, who likes to go all out for his lady love. "I'm a candle, music, wine guy," explains Keith. "If it's gonna be a romantic date, it's gotta involve those things, and a little massage oil and a good ole massage."
Keith's pal Chuck Wicks has got to be one of the most romantic guys on earth -- here he gives some tips on how to deliver just the right amount of romance on Valentine's Day. "It's just all about that intimate setting, dark light, real dark, candlelit, the chocolate covered strawberries," Chuck says. "It's always good when you can make dinner for someone. Cooking dinner as soon as they get home from work. Instead of going out and buying a card, write your own card, do things from the heart and [give] all your attention on your woman, the whole night. It should be like that every day, but for that special night, kind of go overboard."