Carrie Underwood: “I Do Things Differently”

How She Lives in "One Album Space"

“I do things a little bit differently,” Carrie Underwood tells Music Row magazine in its latest issue.

“I wait just a little bit longer between albums because I want them to be the best they can possibly be and then go out on the road and live in one album space.”

She added that, at least for her, this is what works:

“Then (I) take a minute, and remember what it’s like to be a real person,” Underwood joked, “staying in one place and being married and just kind of live a life for a second and then start writing again.”

And when she talks about some of her songs that were riskier to release because they made people feel something, that’s a good thing.

“If everybody had overthought everything, it would’ve ended up on a shelf somewhere and what a shame that would have been,” she said of both “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Something in the Water.”

“You want radio to love it, fans to buy it, you want all those things to happen, but sometimes you have to say, ‘This could be bigger than all of that,'” she said, “and you have to follow your heart.”

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