Nashville superstar Carrie Underwood took part in an online chat today on her official Facebook page, where the seven-time GRAMMY® winner revealed information about her upcoming fifth studio album. Titled STORYTELLER and set for release on October 23rd, the album includes tracks produced by Jay Joyce, Mark Bright, and Zach Crowell. STORYTELLER will launch with the single -Smoke Break', which is delivered to radio today.
Produced by Jay Joyce, -Smoke Break' was written by Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, and Chris DeStefano, with whom Underwood wrote her most recent #1 US smash, -Little Toy Guns.'
About the new single, Underwood says that the title isn't necessarily meant to be literal, as she shares, 'It's basically an anthem for every hard-working person. We all wear many hats and are spread thin, so we can all relate to being tired and needing a break. This song is about having that moment to be able to escape from whatever it is that's stressing you out and have some time for yourself."
A clip of -Smoke Break' is streaming online now on www.carrieunderwoodofficial.com.
Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed nearly 100 major honours, sold more than 56 million records worldwide, and recorded 21 #1 singles, 11 of which she co-wrote. The first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year, Underwood was recognized as Pollstar's top female country touring artist for her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012.
Her four studio albums, SOME HEARTS, CARNIVAL RIDE, PLAY ON, and BLOWN AWAY – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart with songs that have been streamed more than 1.4 billion times worldwide.
In 2013, she starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC's three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. In late 2014, the Grand Ole Opry member released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Celebrating her first 10 years of music, the 25 songs included two new hits co-written by Underwood: the Platinum-certified, GRAMMY-winning -Something in the Water,' as well as the #1 smash -Little Toy Guns,' with the album recently touted by Billboard as the best-selling hits album of 2015. In August, Underwood amassed 4.5 million in new Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Gold & Platinum certifications to become the current top country artist on the RIAA's Digital Single Ranking (with certifications of 28 million across 20 songs).