Carrie Underwood released her fifth studio album, Storyteller, and celebrated with her iHeartCountry Album Release Party at the iHeartRadio Theater NY presented by P.C. Richard & Son. Before she hit the stage, Carrie stopped to chat with iHeartRadio's Paul Costabile about her new album, and her awesome single "Smoke Break."
Carrie Underwood explains the perfect way to take a break
"Everybody needs to take a moment for themselves, at least once or twice a day, just to step away from things. Go outside, sit, go find a park or something, read, read a few paragraphs in a book if you're into that, have a glass of wine at night, and just sit, just be."
Carrie named her album Storyteller because they are her stories that she's telling. She says, "There's not one specific story that goes through the album, it's just, there are very character-based story songs, that are personal. They are my stories that I'm telling."
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Speaking of getting personal, Carrie also tells iHeartRadio that one of the most personal songs is the last song on the album called "What I Never Knew I Always Wanted," and it's for her baby boy Isaiah, and husband Mike Fisher.
On her song "What I Never Knew I Always Wanted"
"I feel like there's a few songs on Storyteller that are personal to me. One definitely, obviously is about my son and my husband. It's the last track on the album, and it's called 'What I Never Knew I Always Wanted.' It's their song, it is personal to me because it's my life, it was my thoughts that started this writing on this song, and I'm really happy that it turned out as well as it did. Isaiah will always have this song, it's just for him, and Mike."
Going more into detail about her new album, Carrie tells us that she really stepped outside of her comfort zone with Storyteller, working with different producers, and even a few new writers.
On stepping outside her comfort zone for her new album Storyteller
"I feel like [with] the Storyteller album, I did a good job of mixing things up. I feel like with previous albums, things were more scheduled, and a little more predicable as far as how we were going to make the album. And with this one, I definitely wanted to get out of my comfort zone. So I worked with different producers in different studios, and different musicians, and tried to write with people that I loved writing with, and incorporate some other writers as well, and just kind of switch things up for me. I think it ended up being really good to get myself out of my recording routine."