Carrie Underwood recently performed “Heartbeat”, the lead single from her new album, Storyteller, on the Grand Ole Opry.
Aptly titled, Storyteller sees Underwood visiting her country roots. While the stories she tells use familiar places and characters, she taps into universal themes around work, love, and heartbreak.
“Heartbeat” is a fine example of this. Underwood sings about a desire to find romance in a slower pace and simpler life. The band here plays a gentle accompaniment through verses that lament the business of everyday life. Although they pick up more during the chorus, the acoustic instruments – banjo in particular – bring to mind the empty space of the country. Underwood is doing what she does best, sending her voice soaring over the band through the chorus. Even though she’s got a full band with her, they’ve stripped back for this tune to let her lyrics stand out.
Underwood will perform a duet with Sam Hunt (who sang backing vocals on “Heartbeat”) at this year’s Grammys, airing Feb. 15. Underwood is also touring North America for the next few months in support of Storyteller, with a few stops in Europe.