Carrie Underwood has unveiled her brand-new single, "Cry Pretty." Readers can press play above to hear the track and see its lyric video, released Wednesday morning (April 11).

Written by Underwood, Hillary Lindsey, Liz Rose and Lori McKenny, Underwood says the title of "Cry Pretty" 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," she adds. "It’s emotional. It’s real. And it ROCKS!"

In "Cry Pretty," Underwood sings, "You can pretty lie, and say it’s okay / You can pretty smile, and just walk away / Pretty much fake your way through anything / But you can’t cry pretty." The song is the first single from Underwood's forthcoming, yet-to-be-announced new album; she will officially debut the track at the 2018 ACM Awards.

Fans know that Underwood has been working on new music; she recently shared a photo of herself in the recording studio. Whenever she releases her next album, it will be her first since she released Storyteller in 2015. She's co-producing the project with writer and producer David Garcia, whom she met in 2017.

"We hit it off in a big way," Underwood says. "I’ve always been lucky to have a voice in the writing and recording process, but this is the first time I am this involved in the production of my music. It’s been challenging and incredibly rewarding to be involved in every aspect from start to finish. David has been an amazing teacher and partner, and I’m so proud of what we have created."

After co-hosting the 2017 CMA Awards in November, Underwood suffered a serious fall outside her Nashville-area home that required surgery on her wrist and dozens of stitches in her face. She has been careful to conceal her face in most of her social media posts in the months since then; in fact, her recent in-studio photo is one of the few in which fans can see her unobscured face. The 2018 ACM Awards will be her first major public appearance since the accident.

After Storyteller came out, Underwood spent much of 2016 touring in support of the record, and then, for the most part, took 2017 off. Underwood's 2018 calendar is still largely open, though she will headline WE Fest 2018, in Detroit Lakes, Minn., in August. She recently shared a photo of herself in rehearsals for some sort of live performance; she admits that she and her team are "already talking about a tour," but hasn't yet shared any details.

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