Carrie Underwood Off to a Blazing Start With New Album

"Smoke Break," First Single From Storyteller, Makes Impressive Radio Debut

With latest single making a bold arrival this week on Billboard’s country airplay chart, Carrie Underwood is off to a strong start for the Oct. 23 release of her all-new album, Storyteller.


In addition to debuting “Smoke Break” at No. 24 on the radio airplay chart, Underwood has also revealed the cover artwork for the album.

Carrie Underwood album cover Randee St. Nicholas

Underwood shared her plans with fans last week in a video message on her Facebook page.

“I want to tell you guys that I have new music. Woo-hoo! I have a new song, and it’s called ‘Smoke Break,’ and I’m so excited for you guys to hear it.”

Underwood co-wrote the song with frequent collaborators Hillary Lindsey and Chris DeStefano.

“The song itself is just one of those story songs that I feel like everybody can relate to — about how life is so hectic,” she said. “And it’s so nice when — if and when — you actually get to step away for a second. And we all need that. We all need that time to ourselves to get to take a break. And I really hope you guys love it because I’m so excited about it.”

Following announcement, “Smoke Break” was released to country radio and quickly climbed to the top of the iTunes country singles chart.

Last year, Underwood released her Greatest Hits Decade #1 collection which featured the #1 hit songs “Little Toy Guns” and “Something In The Water.” The latter won video of the year honors at the 2015 CMT Music Awards.

During the announcement, she also expressed appreciation for the continued support of her fans.

“I just want to thank you so much for just being just the best,” she said. “You guys have been the best to me for the past 10 years, so thank you so much. Just sincerely, thank you so much.”

For more on Carrie Underwood’s new music, tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown this Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 29-30) at 9 a.m. ET/PT.