Carrie Underwood fans rejoice! A new single is here.
The country superstar’s released “Cry Pretty” early Wednesday morning.
“I’m sorry, but I’m just a girl/ Not usually the kind to show my heart to the world/ I’m pretty good at keeping it together/ I hold my composure, for worse or for better,” Underwood sings in the first new song she has put out since suffering wrist and face injuries after a fall outside her home last year.
The song continues: “You can’t pretty lie and says it’s okay/ You can’t pretty smile, and just walk/ Pretty much make your way through anything/ But you can’t cry… pretty.”
On Tuesday, the singer gave an update on her healing process in a letter to fans, as well as revealing the title of the new song.
“First off, physically, I’m doing pretty darn good these days!” she wrote of the healing process. “My wrist is almost back to normal, about 90% there… and the docs say that last 10% 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,” Underwood added. “I’ve been calling it ‘forced relaxation.’ Sometimes I think things happen in order to make us slow down.”
“I’ve been in the studio writing and singing a TON,” Underwood wrote, “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.”
She explained that she had recently teamed up with producer David Garcia to work on a new album.
“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.”
Underwood then described the new single, which she had teased on Twitter earlier this week.
“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.
“The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can’t hold them back,” Underwood added. “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!”
The “American Idol” winner will also be performing the song live on TV for the first time this Sunday at the 53rd ACM Awards.