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Carrie Underwood Comes Back From Recovery With "Cry Pretty"
Now that Carrie Underwood's anthem "Cry Pretty" has been released, fans can finally hear the song's special take on emotions for themselves.
"The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can't hold them back," the winner of seven GRAMMYs wrote to her fans on April 10, tipping the single. The emotional, anthemic nature of "Cry Pretty" perhaps makes sense considering this song marks Underwood's return following her accident last November.
Regardless, fans have certainly been feeling the latest single. Reactions have included complementing her vocal prowess, saying she's "belting the highest notes of her career." Some simply remarked on Underwood "slaying" the no-holds-barred tune while others took a more serious look at the authenticity of the song, which undoubtedly contributes to its success.
Carrie Underwood's 'Cry Pretty' is awesome. It's cool to hear her sing a first-person narrative, not a song with characters. That's sort of what the song is about—her reluctance to be vulnerable and newfound willingness to be a little bit messy in front of the world.
— Grady Smith (@gradywsmith) April 11, 2018
Underwood's co-writers on "Cry Pretty" — Hillary Lindsey, Lori McKenna and Liz Rose — shared wins for Best Country Song at the 58th GRAMMY Awards for Little Big Town's hit "Girl Crush." Lindsey's co-writing credits also include Underwood's "Jesus, Take The Wheel," a song that won Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the 49th GRAMMY Awards.
Another influence on "Cry Pretty" has been GRAMMY-winning producer/songwriter David Garcia, with whom she is working on her entire upcoming album. As an empowered co-producer, Underwood was able "to be involved in every aspect from start to finish," as she wrote her fans. "I've also been able to be creative in a way that I've never been before, which has been very fulfilling and empowering."
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 11, 2018
Underwood will perform her latest on April 15 live at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards, her first live performance since November. Get the tissues ready.