After taking more than a year off, Carrie Underwood exploded back onto the country music scene. The “Jesus Take The Wheel” singer took 2017 off to focus on being a wife to Mike Fisher and mother to their son, Isaiah. And then she had more time off after a nasty fall in November 2017, which required wrist surgery and several facial stitches. But she recently returned to the studio and released the first single from her upcoming album, Cry Pretty. Here is all the information you need.
When Carrie Underwood finished her Storytellers album in 2015, she took a long break from recording. She did tour in 2016 to promote her album, but then she decided to take a break in 2017. We did see her some award shows and some television performances, but for the most part, she was quietly being a wife and mother. And though she promised a return to her career, the timing wasn’t certain. Especially after her husband, hockey player Mike Fisher, announced he was leaving retirement to return to the ice.
Then in late 2017, as her fans recall, Underwood slipped on ice outside her Nashville home. Underwood slowly leaked details of the incident to the press. First she announced that she had wrist surgery. But at the beginning of 2018, she announced facial stitches with possible scarring. And due to her long recovery, she was really underground for a time. (Photos of her during that time didn’t show her whole face.)
She told her fans it gave her some “forced recovery.”
“One of the silver linings for me in this healing process is the time I’ve gotten to spend with [husband] Mike [Fisher] and [son] Isaiah. I’ve been calling it ‘forced relaxation.’ Sometimes I think things happen in order to make us slow down,” she said in an open letter to her fans.
But then she was back. At the 2018 Academy of Country Music Awards, Underwood made a splash when she debuted the first single from her new album onstage that night. The title track, “Cry Pretty,” immediately received a warm reception. And the new album is the first since she left Arista Records, after signing with Universal Music Group’s Capitol Records Nashville in March 2017.