Was it love at first sight when Carrie Underwood met her future fiance Mike Fisher in October 2008?

The country star isn't saying, but when the pair were set up by friends to meet backstage at a Toronto concert, Underwood fretted about the hockey player.

"I made sure he came in with some other people," she says in the March issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. "I was like, 'what if he's weird?'"

The matchmaking worked, of course: Underwood, 26, and Fisher, 29, confirmed their engagement Dec. 21 of last year. The singer has been flashing her flawless yellow diamond ring by Jonathon Arndt-- worth about $150,000 -- during the current awards season.

Underwood tells Cosmopolitan that Fisher "provided a lot of inspiration for songs" on her new album Play On, "whether it was something he said or just by being supportive."

The busy couple hopes to have their wedding sometime this summer. And though she's got a new tour coming up and just signed on to star in her first film Soul Surfer, Underwood maintains that she wants a work/life balance. "I didn't want to be one of those people who has an amazing career but ends up alone and unhappy," she tells Cosmo. "I want to be happy. I want it all."