As one of the boldest females today, Carrie Underwood isn’t afraid to take chances, especially with her music. With the Blown Away saga behind her (complete with four chart-topping singles), she is poised to come back roaring with her next record. Since the 2012 release of her last disc, Underwood has been hard at work writing and recording for her follow-up, rumored to be released later this year, early next. If her singles “Blown Away” and “Two Black Cadillacs” were any indication, the powerhouse might be pushing the envelope even more.
“It definitely has a different sound. There are some thematic things that are quite different,” she recently told US about her next full-length.
She quickly added, “I love strong women. So I want things that I can get on stage and just feel empowered.”
Previously, Underwood is known for her fist-pumping female empowerment man-done-me-wrong anthems–just look at “Cowboy Casanova” and “Good Girl,” both rock-infused ditties that set her apart from everyone else. She’s also released similarly themed tunes, like “Before He Cheats” and “Undo It,” that speak directly to everyone (even men) that have gotten their hearts shattered. While it is certainly a grand idea to explore further in her emotional well, hopefully she doesn’t completely abandon what she does well.
On the creative process itself, she admits that she finds it “such a weird thing.” She explains, “I’ve talked to other people in the music business and friends and what they do and we all kind of have our own ‘isms.”
And how does she great ready for the recording studio or a writing session? “I go in and I’m like caffeinated. I get jacked up on caffeine and then I come home and crash.” Oh, Carrie, you keep us young.
Recently, the six-time Grammy Award winner was honored at the Time 100 Gala as one of the 100 Most Influential people of the year. At the event, she performed many of her most well-known hits. Pop hit-maker Pharrell Williams was also on tap to perform. Other honorees included Beyonce, Amy Adams, Miley Cyrus, Kerry Washington, Robert Redford and comedian Seth Meyers, among many others.