Carrie Underwood Details New Song “Cry Pretty”

She Shares Intel on Forced Relaxation

Wednesday (April 11) is when Carrie Underwood’s highly anticipated new single “Cry Pretty” officially arrives. But a day early, her fans got a glimpse into the song’s backstory.

In a very personal letter to her fan club, Underwood shares a little bit of everything that has been happening in her 2018 so far.

A health update:
“First off, physically, I’m doing pretty darn good these days! My wrist is almost back to normal, about 90 percent there…and the docs say that last 10 percent will come in time. And my face has been healing pretty nicely as well. I definitely feel more like myself than I have in a while. One of the silver linings for me in this healing process is the time I’ve gotten to spend with Mike and Isaiah. I’ve been calling it ’forced relaxation.'”

A little Nashville Predators love:
“Sometimes I think things happen in order to make us slow down. It also means I’ve been home to support my favorite hockey player coming out of retirement! I hope you’re all ready for more silly posts of me at Preds’ playoff games! One more run for the Cup! Go Preds! And speaking of the Predators, I would definitely like to thank you all for making ’The Champion,’ such a success (see what I did there?)! I’ve been so touched seeing how people around the world have been inspired by it and have shared their personal “champion” stories and photos and videos. The song has become so meaningful to so many people, myself included, in ways I could never have imagined when I wrote it last year. I’ve always been a fan of Ludacris and getting to work with him has made me a die-hard fan for life. What an incredible talent! You guys will definitely have to help me out by singing his part when we play it on the road!”

A little intel on new music:
“The other thing I’ve been up to over the past few months is, of course, making new music. I’ve been in the studio writing and singing a TON, but I’ve also been able to be creative in a way that I’ve never been before, which has been very fulfilling and empowering. While I was writing last year, I met a writer/producer named David Garcia. We hit it off in a big way and I’m excited to say that we are co-producing my album together. I’ve always been lucky to have a voice in the writing and recording process, but this is the first time I am this involved in the production of my music. It’s been challenging and incredibly rewarding to be involved in every aspect from start to finish. David has been an amazing teacher and partner, and I’m so proud of what we have created.”

How “Cry Pretty” came to be:
The first single is a song I love so much and can’t wait to share with you. It’s called “Cry Pretty,” and I wrote it with three incredible women: Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose and Lori McKenna, who also write under the name Love Junkies. I joined one of their writing sessions last year to see if we could come up with some magic…and we did! 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. It’s emotional. It’s real. And it ROCKS! It comes out TOMORROW at 6 a.m. ET, and I’m so excited I’ll be performing it live on the ACM Awards this weekend, so I hope you’ll all tune in to see it!

Underwood will perform “Cry Pretty” on Sunday night (April 15) at the ACM Awards in Las Vegas.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.