Listen to Carrie Underwood's empowering new single, 'Cry Pretty'

Posted April 12, 2018

The American Idol victor will bring "Cry Pretty", the first single off her new LP, to life when she performs at the Academy of Country Music Awards on Sunday, April 15.

Carrie Underwood has updated her fans of her road to recovery from the multiple injuries she obtained from a freak accident that happened outside of her Nashville home five months ago.

In addition to the release of "Cry Pretty", Underwood confirmed that she would be releasing new music in the future. "My wrist is nearly back to normal, about 90% there... and the docs say that last 10 per cent will come in time", she wrote. Underwood also added that she feels much better. One of the silver linings for me in this healing process is the time I've gotten to spend with Mike and Isaiah.

Carrie Underwood teased her next single with an Instagram post Sunday night that features her left eye with glitter in the shape of tears and a caption that says simply, "This Wednesday, April 11, 6am ET". "I've been calling it 'forced relaxation, '" Underwood said.

She's also used her healing process as an opportunity to work on her brand new album, noting that she's "been in the studio writing and singing a TON".

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Perhaps, this is one reason why the track allures in so many listeners, as it is so relatable to the average person. "So, it's come a long way since the day we wrote it, but it's something I'm very proud of".

Written by Underwood, along with the hit Nashville songwriting team Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey and Liz Rose, it's an emotional ballad that also rocks with a searing guitar solo.

"The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can't hold them back", Underwood added. "And I can't wait to start this new chapter with you!"

Carrie noted that the track - which is her first single since she dropped the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics theme "The Champion" in February - is pretty personal for her and reflects a lot on what she's been through over the past few months.

The "American Idol" victor will also be performing the song live on TV for the first time this Sunday at the 53rd ACM Awards. It's emotional. It's real.

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