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Carrie Underwood, `Denim & Rhinestones` cover (Photo by Randee St. Nicholas, courtesy of Universal Music Group Nashville)
Carrie Underwood, "Denim & Rhinestones" cover (Photo by Randee St. Nicholas, courtesy of Universal Music Group Nashville)

Carrie Underwood to release new album, 'Denim & Rhinestones'


Tue, Apr 12th 2022 11:40 am

Multi-Platinum, eight-time Grammy Award-winner Carrie Underwood will release her anticipated album “Denim & Rhinestones” on June 10. Underwood surprised fans with the reveal of her album cover and a new album trailer.

The title track, “Denim & Rhinestones,” and its accompanying lyric video, are also available. The upbeat track was written by Underwood, David Garcia, Josh Kear and Hillary Lindsey, and co-produced by Garcia and Underwood. Garcia co-wrote Underwood’s hit songs “Love Wins,” “Southbound” and “Drinking Alone.” Lindsey and Underwood have collaborated on a string of hits such as “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “So Small,” “Last Name,” “Smoke Break,” “Church Bells,” and the now-iconic title track, “Cry Pretty.” Kear co-wrote Underwood’s signature hits, “Before He Cheats” and “Blown Away,” and co-wrote another cinematic classic, “Two Black Cadillacs,” with Underwood and Lindsey.

Underwood co-wrote 11 of the 12 tracks on “Denim & Rhinestones” with many of her frequent collaborators such as Garcia, Lindsey, Josh Miller, Ashley Gorley, Kear and Chris DeStefano, who have written many of Underwood’s biggest hits. She also welcomes more recent cowriters on the album, including Michael Hardy and Lydia Vaughan, the latter of whom co-wrote “If I Didn’t Love You,” Underwood’s multiweek No. 1 smash hit duet with Jason Aldean.

“Denim & Rhinestones” is the latest project between Underwood and Garcia, who coproduced her critically acclaimed 2018 release, “Cry Pretty,” which marked the first time Underwood produced her own album. Garcia and Underwood also co-produced Underwood’s 2021 Grammy Award-winning album of gospel hymns, “My Savior.”

Of “Denim & Rhinestones,” Underwood said, “We cover a lot of ground on this album. We have a lot of songs that have a bit of a ‘throwback’ feel, but they sound super fresh. I grew up listening to so many different kinds of music, and that is extremely evident in this body of work. These are musical influences that are all in me and work their way out, and I just decided this time not to get in their way. I think this whole album ended up being a big reflection of me as a person and as an artist.”

She added, “After spending over two years with ‘My Gift’ and ‘My Savior,’ which were such passion projects and so close to my heart, putting together ‘REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency’ was really the catalyst for this album. I was just ready to have fun and to write songs that make me happy to listen to and happy to sing.”

Discussing the title track, Underwood said, “The song ‘Denim & Rhinestones’ is super fun, with a bit of a retro vibe – we just go together, like a sweet tea and a lemon, like denim and rhinestones. You have these things that are great on their own, and then you put them together and they just fit. That’s how this album feels.”

Garcia said, “Carrie is one of the greatest singers of our time. Her power and control in the studio is unparalleled. We had such a great time making this record, and it turned out exactly how we wanted it to!”


“Denim & Rhinestones” signed CD box set and vinyl box sets are available for preorder and include an exclusive T-shirt, rhinestone pack, denim tote bag, and album slip mat in limited quantities here. Fans can order from physical retailers here. The vinyl edition will be available in July, and a cassette version on Aug. 5.

The album announcement comes on the heels of Underwood’s eighth Grammy Award win, this one for Best Roots Gospel Album for “My Savior” on April 3, where she performed the first new single from the album, “Ghost Story.” The single was released March 18 and is climbing the charts with over 10.5 million streams. The lyric video for the cinematic track is also available now.

Underwood recently completed the second sold-out run of her critically acclaimed “REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency” at the Resorts World Theatre. She opened the new theater – featuring the largest and tallest stage in Las Vegas – with sold-out shows in December. Her residency continues with the next engagement from May 11-21.

Underwood, who headlines the legendary Stagecoach Festival on April 30, recently celebrated the success of “If I Didn’t Love You” with Aldean. They recently won the Single of the Year at the ACM Awards, as well as Country Song of the Year at the iHeart Radio Music Awards. Underwood and Aldean were also nominated at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

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