Carrie Underwood just shared a personal update that should make fans quite happy. For starters, the superstar is releasing a brand new single called “Cry Pretty” on April 11. She wrote it with some serious heavy hitters, too: Hillary Lindsay, Liz Rose and Lori McKenna.
“I joined one of their writing sessions last year to see if we could come up with some magic…and we did!” Underwood says. “The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can’t hold them back. It really speaks to a lot of things that have happened in the past year and I hope when you hear it, you can relate those feelings to those times in your life.”
And as if that weren’t enough, she’s performing it live at the ACM Awards Sunday evening.
But the update went beyond simply announcing new music. In a blog post on her website, Underwood also opened up about her healing process. Last year, she suffered a nasty spill that broke her wrist and cut her face. She required surgery on her wrist and 40 stitches.
“First off, physically, I’m doing pretty darn good these days!” Underwood says in her update. “My wrist is almost back to normal, about 90% there…and the docs say that last 10% will come in time.”
Underwood also reveals that the injury allowed her a lot more time with her husband and son. “I’ve been calling it ‘forced relaxation,'” she quips. In the past several months, Underwood has shared several adorable family photos.
And of course, she wouldn’t be the Nashville Predators’ No. 1 celebrity fan if she didn’t dedicate some of her update to the team’s (and her husband’s) upcoming Stanley Cup Playoffs run.
Oh, and then there’s her mention of her crossover tune “The Champion,” which got love both from the Super Bowl and the recent Winter Olympics. Underwood takes a little time to shower some love on rapper Ludacris, who also performs on the song. “I’ve always been a fan of Ludacris and getting to work with him has made me a die-hard fan for life,” she says.
In perhaps some of the biggest news for Underwood career-wise, she reveals she’s taking a big creative step this year. She decided to co-prodouce her upcoming album with David Garcia. This marks the first time in a long time Underwood isn’t working with longtime producer Mark Bright. It’s also her first turn at producing her own albums, despite always being heavily involved in writing and recording.
“It’s been challenging and incredibly rewarding to be involved in every aspect from start to finish,” Underwood says.