Carrie Underwood
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Months after a devastating fall at her home left her with a broken wrist and a serious facial injury requiring between 40 and 50 stitches, Carrie Underwood has been slowly easing her way back into the spotlight, posting photos from inside the studio and indicating new music is on its way.

But now Carrie Underwood has officially returned to the public eye with a vengeance — and a new chart-topping hit. On April 11th, Underwood released “Cry Pretty,” an emotional new single from her upcoming sixth studio album.

The “Blown Away” singer also revealed that she’ll be performing her new song this weekend at the 2018 ACM Awards.

In a letter to fans in which she gave an update on her nearly-recovered injuries and revealed she’s been working on a lot of new music, Underwood opened up about the meaning behind “Cry Pretty,” alluding to a difficult time following her fall. She wrote, “The title refers to when emotions take over and you just can’t hold them back. It really speaks to a lot of things that have happened in the past year and I hope when you hear it, you can relate those feelings to those times in your life. It’s emotional. It’s real. And it ROCKS!”

“Cry Pretty” is such an emotional and beautiful song and will resonate with anyone feeling overwhelmed during a difficult time. The lyrics, per, will completely move you to tears:

Verse 1


Verse 2


Chorus 2


Chorus 2


This song has us seriously reaching for a box of tissues.

Underwood also released the official lyric video for “Cry Pretty” this morning, and it is stunning:

Be sure to tune in to the 2018 ACM Awards on Sunday, April 15th, to hear Carrie sing “Cry Pretty” live for the first time!