NASHVILLE, TN, March 30, 2016 – Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner Carrie Underwood will debut her new single, “Church Bells,” with a television performance on the 51st Academy of Country Music Awards this Sunday, April 3 on CBS Television.
Produced by Mark Bright and written by Zach Crowell, Brett James, and Hillary Lindsey, Carrie’s “Church Bells” ships to country radio on Friday, April 1 and officially impacts on Monday, April 11. Fans have been raving about the epic revenge song that Entertainment Weekly called a “twangy roof-raiser,” and ABC News described as combining “some Americana-style banjo-play with a funky swagger.”
Underwood describes “Church Bells” as one of the most dynamic narratives on her Storyteller album. “I love songs about strong women. I love being sucked into that story: rooting for the woman and seeing that she does something powerful that she never thought she could do,” explains Underwood. “People are strongest when they’re pushed to their limits.”
This is the third single from her Gold-certified, fifth-studio album, Storyteller, which has yielded two back-to-back #1 singles, “Smoke Break” and “Heartbeat.” To date, Carrie has achieved 23 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote. Storyteller is available for purchase at http://smarturl.it/custoryteller
Carrie is an eleven-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year nominee and the first female artist to be twice named the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year. She is currently performing in sold out arenas across the U.S. and Canada on The Storyteller Tour- Stories in the Round. Underwood recently returned from Europe where she headlined five shows in five different countries as part of Country 2 Country (C2C).
About Carrie Underwood: Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has amassed nearly 100 major honors, sold 58 million records worldwide, with a catalog of songs that have been streamed more than 1.5 billion times worldwide. Underwood was recognized as Pollstar’s top female country touring artist for her headlining tours in 2008, 2010, and 2012. Her first four studio albums, Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, and Blown Away – each certified multi-Platinum or Platinum, and each an American Music Awards winner as Country Album of the Year – tallied an incredible 38 weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart. In 2013, Underwood starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. In December of 2014, the Grand Ole Opry member released her first hits collection, Greatest Hits: Decade #1. Billboard’s best-selling hits album of 2015, the chart-topping package was certified Platinum in January of 2016, making Underwood the only country artist – and one of only six all-genre artists – to launch an album to Platinum success since the time of its release in December of 2014. Celebrating her first 10 years of music, the collection’s 25 songs included two new #1 hits co-written by Underwood: the Platinum-certified, GRAMMY-winning “Something in the Water,” as well as the Gold-certified “Little Toy Guns.” In 2015, she began her third season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, Sunday Night Football, and returned for an eighth consecutive year as co-host of the CMA Awards. Underwood’s chart-topping, Gold-certified fifth studio album, Storyteller, has produced two #1 singles with “Smoke Break” and “Heartbeat.”