Yesterday (August 20) at 5pm ET, Carrie Underwood took to Facebook to participate in a live fan chat where she had some “exciting” news to share. As many had already expected, the powerhouse vocalist called the chat to announce not only her new single, but her new album as well.
It’s been over three years since her last album ‘Blown Away’ hit shelves (May 2012), and in between she’s starred in NBC’s The Sound of Music live production, got pregnant and given birth to her first child, baby Isiah, and released a greatest hits album and two accompanying singles, one of which won a Grammy (‘Something In The Water’). She had previously said that she was working on new music, although some fans didn’t believe that they would get an album until 2016.
Underwood put all the rumors to bed (including the one about the single being called ‘Renegade Runaway’) last night by revealing that her brand new single would be called ‘Smoke Break’, and it had already arrived on the desks of radio stations. It quickly got uploaded to Spotify (listen here) and Apple Music. It goes for official adds on Monday, August 24, while the video (directed by Randee St. Nicholas) is due to debut with Entertainment Tonight/ETOnline the same day. It will hold a 24-hour exclusive on the clip.
But Underwood didn’t stop there. She also announced that her forthcoming fifth studio album would be called ‘Storyteller’, and would be released October 23. She reportedly co-wrote six of the tracks on the record. “I feel like a lot of the songs that I wrote and gravitated to ended up being more traditional and ‘twangy’ than anything I have ever done before I just went with it!” she told fans via Facebook. “I love the story telling aspect of Country music… it’s one of the reasons I always wanted to be a part of it.” She had previously noted that the sound on her new album wouild be kind of a “rock twang”.
‘Smoke Break’ was co-written by Carrie, Hillary Lindsey and Chris DeStefano, the latter two of whom are longtime collaborators for Underwood. In fact, the trio co-wrote her most recent single, ‘Little Toy Guns’. However, she switched things up a bit by having the track produced by Jay Joyce, a boundary-pushing producer who is most commonly known for his work with Eric Church. Referring to the song as “an anthem for every hard-working person,” Underwood explained to a fan how they came to write it. “We were writing and kept taking breaks to go outside because we were getting a little stuck on a song we were already working on,” she recounted. “It was so beautiful outside that we had a hard time focusing, so we decided to write a song about taking breaks! ‘Smoke Break’ seemed like a great title, so we ran with it!”
Looks like Carrie Fever is back and here to stay.