In 10 years, Carrie Underwood has gone from unknown Oklahoma farm girl to worldwide country music superstar, racking up an impressive array of awards including seven Grammys, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, eight American Music Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, a European Country Music Award, and many more, not to mention the one she’s most proud of: her Grand Ole Opry induction trophy. She was inducted in 2008, just a few short years into her country music career, and to this day remains one of the most often-seen faces on the famous Opry stage in Nashville, despite the worldwide success that regularly takes her around the globe.
After celebrating 10 years in the business with last year’s Greatest Hits: Decade #1, Underwood kicks off a new decade of hits with this month’s release of her fifth studio album, Storyteller. The 13-track record is a fierce, no holds barred collection of stories that build on the sound Underwood has become known and loved for, and at the same time take her to new territories both musically and lyrically. Working with producer Mark Bright for the fifth time, Underwood also brought in Jay Joyce (Eric Church, Little Big Town) and Zach Crowell (Sam Hunt) to help push her into new sonic realms, and this new sound is readily apparent right from the first track. Continue reading