‘Do I sound the same?’

Car­rie Un­der­wood self-con­scious about sing­ing voice af­ter face in­jury

Winnipeg Sun - - SHOWBIZ -

Car­rie Un­der­wood’s con­fi­dence was shaken af­ter she sus­tained mul­ti­ple in­juries to her face fol­low­ing a fall at home a year ago.

The coun­try singer took a nasty tum­ble out­side her Nash­ville, Tenn., pad last No­vem­ber and re­quired 40 stitches in her face and surgery to re­pair a bro­ken wrist.

She has since made a suc­cess­ful come­back but in a new in­ter­view with Vul­ture, the star opens up about how the ac­ci­dent left her un­sure of her vo­cal abil­i­ties and made record­ing new ma­te­rial dif­fi­cult.

“I felt like the dif­fer­ences were more in my head than they were in any­body else’s that would lis­ten to the things I was do­ing,” she tells the out­let. “I had wanted to be in the stu­dio sooner than I was, ac­tu­ally record­ing th­ese songs, but I had stitches in­side my mouth, out­side my mouth. It was phys­i­cally im­pos­si­ble.”

Though she even­tu­ally fin­ished the al­bum, ti­tled Cry Pretty, the process ini­tially proved dis­cour­ag­ing.

“‘Do I sound the same? Is my dic­tion the same? Does my mouth move the same as it did be­fore?’ ” she re­calls think­ing. “I would sing some­thing and then look at (my co-pro­ducer, David Gar­cia) and be like, ‘Did that all come out clearly?’ My m’s and b’s and p’s were kind of the is­sue. And he was like, ‘I thought it sounded great.’ ”

She added, “Things change just as you get older; your mus­cles change,” she adds. “I kind of ex­pect I’m not al­ways go­ing to sound like I’m 22 com­ing off of Amer­i­can Idol. Hope­fully I get bet­ter.”

Un­der­wood, who is ex­pect­ing her sec­ond child with hus­band Mike Fisher, faced fur­ther per­sonal strug­gles af­ter she suf­fered two mis­car­riages, re­veal­ing the dif­fi­cult ex­pe­ri­ences af­fected the tone of her mu­sic.

“It would be com­pletely in­evitable,” she says. “I’d have a ter­ri­ble day at the doc­tor’s of­fice and then come into a writ­ing ses­sion and be like, ‘I’m sorry guys. I might suck to­day. I just got some bad news.’ ”

“Things aren’t lit­eral, but I look at a song like Low, and that was my year last year,” she con­tin­ues. “It was not about a per­son leav­ing or any­thing like that. I lis­ten to that song now, and there’s a good chance I’ll cry, be­cause it was just so per­sonal. I kinda needed (mu­sic) at the time, just to have some­thing to stay fo­cused on that wasn’t my per­sonal life.”

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