Carrie Underwood On Cobra Kai! Surprise Appearance on Netflix Hit Show!

Hot on the heels of the sold-out year-end debut of her REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency, seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner Carrie Underwood kicks off the new year with a surprise appearance on the Netflix smash hit, Cobra Kai Season 4, streaming now.  In the season finale, Underwood performs the classic 80s hit “The Moment of Truth.” Written by Bill Conti, Dennis Lambert, and Peter Beckett, the song was originally recorded by iconic 80s rock band Survivor for “The Karate Kid” original movie soundtrack and played over that film’s end credits. Underwood’s turbocharged interpretation is produced by Cobra Kai series composers Leo Birenberg and Zach Robinson and appears on COBRA KAI: SEASON 4 (SOUNDTRACK FROM THE NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES), available on Madison Gate Records as a two-volume set with nearly two hours of music.  Both volumes will be available everywhere on digital starting January 7, and as a deluxe edition 2-disc CD set through La-La Land Records.  LISTEN HERE (Starting 1/7)

Carrie Underwood On Cobra Kai! Surprise Appearance on Netflix Hit Show! Photo: Curtis Bond Baker for Netflix
Cobra Kai. (L to R) Ralph Macchio as Daniel LaRusso, Carrie Underwood as self, William Zabka as Johnny Lawrence in Cobra Kai. Cr. Curtis Bonds Baker/Netflix © 2021

Cobra Kai takes place over 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament with the continuation of the inescapable conflict between Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka). Cobra Kai is written and executive produced by Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg via their production company, Counterbalance Entertainment. Will Smith, James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett executive produce for Westbrook Entertainment along with Susan Ekins in association with Sony Pictures Television. Ralph Macchio and William Zabka also serve as executive producers. The first three seasons of Sony Pictures Television’s Cobra Kai are now streaming on Netflix, Season 4 premiered on December 31, 2021. The series has been renewed for a fifth season. 

From executive producers/series creators Josh Heald, Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg: “When we set out to present the biggest, boldest, most explosive All Valley Under 18 Karate Tournament of all time, we knew we had to reach for the stars and pull out all the stops. Having Carrie surprise the audience with her unadulterated charisma and musical adrenaline was a dream collaboration and such a special moment for the franchise.”

On appearing on Cobra Kai Season 4 and covering “The Moment of Truth,” Underwood says, “I love Cobra Kai so much and was absolutely thrilled when they invited me to be a part of the penultimate episode of season 4.  Adding Survivor’s iconic ‘The Moment of Truth’ to the mix was very cool, as I loved the original Karate Kid movie soundtrack. I love all the nostalgia with Cobra Kai, and it’s an honor to be a small part of this legacy.”

Underwood finished a stellar 2021 with a bang.  She was the first artist to grace the brand-new, state-of-the art stage at the Resorts World Theatre when her REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency opened December 1 to rave reviews with six sold-out shows, with upcoming engagements confirmed in March, April and just-added dates in May 2022 (Carrie Underwood (rwlasvegas.com) and (Carrie Underwood – Resorts World Las Vegas (axs.com).  Her first Christmas album, My Gift, initially released September 2020, has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America® (RIAA) and she released My Gift (Special Edition) in September 2021, featuring three new tracks, debuting #1 on Billboard’s Holiday Albums chart.  To date, there have been over 400 million global streams for My Gift and My Gift (Special Edition) combined. 

She commanded the broadcast airwaves in November and December with two stellar performances with Jason Aldean of the duo’s multi-week #1 smash hit duet, “If I Didn’t Love You,” on the 55th CMA Awards and the 2021 American Music Awards.  She celebrated the holiday season with special performances from My Gift (Special Edition), including a new performance of “Hallelujah” with John Legend on the season finale of “The Voice,” NBC’s “Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” and “Christmas in Rockefeller Center,” ABC’s “CMA Country Christmas,” Canada’s “2021 Santa Claus Parade” on CTV, “Opry Live: USO Holiday Special” on Circle Network livestreamed on the USO and Circle All Access’ Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channel. She headlined “Woolworths Carols in the Domain” on Australia’s Channel 7 and 7plus and closed out the season with a special Christmas Eve performance on NBC’s TODAY. Her stunning “My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood,” which became an instant holiday classic when it premiered in December 2020, continues to stream on HBO Max.

Additionally, she won her 16th and 17th AMAs, marking her eighth win for Favorite Female Country Artist and her first for Favorite Inspirational Artist, elevating her to tie Garth Brooks and Justin Bieber as the sixth top AMA winners of all time.  She won the 2021 Gospel Music Association Dove Award for Inspirational Recorded Song of the Year for her collaboration with gospel superstar CeCe Winans, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness,” from Underwood’s critically-acclaimed album of gospel hymns, My Savior, which was also nominated for a 2022 GRAMMY® Award for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album of the Year.  She and Aldean are also nominated for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for “If I Didn’t Love You.”  
About Carrie Underwood: Carrie Underwood is a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, film, and as a New York Times bestselling author and successful entrepreneur.  She has sold more than 66 million records worldwide, recorded 28 #1 singles (14 of which she co-wrote), and has seven albums that are certified Platinum or Multi-Platinum by the RIAA, all while continuing to sell out arena tours across North America and the UK.  All nine of her consecutive album releases (two of which she co-produced) from the beginning of her career debuted #1 on the Billboard Country Chart, making her the only artist to accomplish that feat.  She has won over 100 major awards including 7 GRAMMY® Awards, 15 ACM Awards including three for Entertainer of the Year (the first female in history to win twice and the only female ever to win three times), 23 CMT Music Awards (holding the record for the most award wins ever for the show), 7 CMA Awards, and 17 American Music Awards. She has also built a successful business portfolio inspired by her passion for health and wellness.  She founded and created the fitness and lifestyle brand, CALIA by Carrie Underwood and her first book, FIND YOUR PATH was an instant New York Times bestseller.  She launched her fit52 app in 2020, and expanded her lifestyle portfolio with an equity partnership with BODYARMOR Sports Drink in 2021. Her first-ever residency, REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency, began December 1, making her the first artist to grace the stage of the state-of-the-art Resorts World Theatre at the brand-new Resorts World Las Vegas.

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