Carrie Underwood fans can rejoice that the superstar is back with brand new music. She released her new single “Ghost Story” on Friday, March 18. Only time will tell if this song is just the first taste of her new musical era.
Underwood released her last country LP in 2018 with Cry Pretty, which spawned hits like “Southbound” and “Drinkin’ Alone.” In that time she released a Christmas album titled My Gift in 2020 and followed that up with the Christian album My Savior. Her Gospel LP was a true passion project as she had been wanting to make one for quite some time. The seven time Grammy winner also clinched her latest no. 1 hit with “If I Didn’t Love You” alongside Jason Aldean a few months back. Underwood celebrated her birthday a couple of weeks ago and had teased on Instagram “I do believe 39 is going to be my best year yet,” complete with a winky face emoji. Looks like she’s already off to a great start.
“‘Ghost Story’ is a thrilling, dramatic song that David, Hillary and Josh wrote for me,” says Underwood. “They are such talented, amazing songwriters who know me so well, and from the first time I heard it I knew I had to record it. I have always loved performing songs that tell a story and inspire some kind of cinematic imagery when you hear them, and that is definitely true of ‘Ghost Story.’ It creates a mood and a vibe that is different than anything else I’ve recorded before.”
“Ghost Story” sounds like an unconventional song title until you listen to the track in its entirety. There can be a hundred ways to write about longing or loss but likening those emotions to a ghost story takes the song to a more insightful place. One of Underwood’s strengths has been the storytelling within her songs. This track is ethereal in style and vulnerable in message and it brings a new sound to the current radio climate.
“You’ll hear a noise, swear you know the voice, and you’ll chase it down the stairs, you’ll look around not a single sound, cause there’s no one even there, I’m gonna be, your ghost story, that keeping you up, all night memory,” sings Underwood. She redefines what a classic heartache song is from the perspective of someone who has already moved on, all while the other person hasn’t yet. “I’ll be haunting you, you’ll be wanting me,” is what most people want to say to a former love. With this latest track, Underwood continues to bring her own style to country music and the fans will always want more.