Carrie Underwood Announces New Album, ‘Storyteller’
Carrie Underwood has announced that she will release a new studio album this fall.
The news comes less than a year after the country superstar took a break after giving birth to her son, Isaiah. The new album is titled Storyteller and is set for release on Oct. 23.
Underwood revealed the news in a Facebook video on Thursday afternoon (Aug. 20), and she also shared the first single from the project, "Smoke Break," which is being released to country radio today, and will be available digitally by the end of the evening.
The star wrote the song with Hillary Lindsey and Chris DeStefano, and it was produced by Jay Joyce.
"The song itself is just kind of one of those story songs that I feel like everybody can relate to about how life is so hectic and it’s so nice if and when you get to step away for a second, and we all need that time to ourselves, to get to take a break," she says.
The new record is a comeback of sorts for Underwood, who released a hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1, in December of 2014. That featured her past hits along with two new songs, "Something in the Water" and "Little Toy Guns," both of which have spent time at No. 1.
"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," she says. "I just went with it! 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 adds that while there are no duets on the album, "I have a few very talented people who helped out with their beautiful voices in a background kind of way!"
Storyteller is Underwood's first full studio collection of new songs since Blown Away in 2012.
"I'm so excited about it!" she says in response to Taste of Country's question during the chat. "I'm nervous, too...just hope everyone loves it as much as I do. We've been working on this one for a long time!"
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