Carrie Underwood is repackaging revenge on her haunting new single “Ghost Story,” out today via Capitol Records Nashville and UMG Recordings. After teasing the track over the past week, the country music powerhouse is cracking open her storybook for an enticing tale of betrayal and vengeance, with a twist.
“[‘Ghost Story’ is] a different take on a revenge song, which is something I love to sing about,” Underwood shared in a statement. “Instead of smashing headlights, this scorned lover is letting her ex know that she will continue to haunt him no matter how hard he tries to forget her.”
For “Ghost Story,” Underwood teamed up with songwriters Josh Kear and Hillary Lindsey, as well as David Garcia, who co-produced the track with her. Underwood and Garcia have been locked in as a production duo since co-producing the singer’s 2018 album Cry Pretty, which marked her first endeavor taking the lead as producer on her own music. The pair also worked together on Underwood’s My Savior, an album of gospel hymns shared last year that is up for Best Bluegrass/Country/Roots Album at the 2022 Grammy Awards.
“‘Ghost Story’ is a thrilling, dramatic song that David, Hillary and Josh wrote for me,” Underwood shared. “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.”
She added: “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.”
The new single arrives ahead of Underwood’s return to the stage on March 23 to continue her Las Vegas Residency, REFLECTION, which celebrates her greatest hits from more than 15 years in the music industry. The singer is locked in at the 5000-guest capacity Resorts World Theatre where she debuted with six sold-out shows in December as the first artist to perform at the new location.