Carrie Underwood Opens up About Inspiration Behind 'Cry Pretty'

Carrie Underwood is opening up about her new single, "Cry Pretty."

The song, which Underwood previously revealed that she wrote with Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose (who together make up the Love Junkies), is part of a new album that features Underwood as a co-producer.

"Hillary came in with the title and a few lines and we all just loved it," Underwood said in a press release. "I mean we're all women in different places in our lives and kind of have all lived different lives and from different places, but we all love music and we all love sharing our heart in our music. Off we went.

"I left that day so excited and feeling so good about and couldn't wait to get my hands on it, as an artist and also as a producer," she continues. "So, it's come a long way since the day we wrote it, but it's something I'm very proud of."

Underwood released "Cry Pretty" on Wednesday, April 11, revealing that the song, with emotional lines like "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 / And hold my composure, for worse or for better / So I apologize if you don't like what you see / But sometimes my emotions get the best of me / And falling apart is as human as it gets," was inspired by her own experiences.

"The first single is a song I love so much and can't wait to share with you," Underwood says. "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!"

The Oklahoma native hasn't revealed when her new record will be out, but she does hint that she will hit the road after it is released.


"Needless to say, I am beyond excited for this new album and everything that comes with it…more on that soon," says Underwood. "Of course, we're already talking about a tour, but that's a blog for another day! Thank you all so much for your love and support this year and always. I feel it and I appreciate it. And I can't wait to start this new chapter with you!"

Underwood will perform at the 2018 ACM Awards, where she is nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year. The ceremony will air live from Nashville's Bridgestone Arena at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.