Carrie Underwood has opened up about the seriousness of the face injury and how it hindered her ability to sing.
The "Spinning Bottles" country singer sustained a broken wrist and numerous facial injuries that required 40 to 50 stitches after she fell down her staircase at her Nashville home last November. Underwood's wounds required such attention that it forced her to cancel multiple public appearances even several months after the incident.
Earlier this year, Underwood made her comeback with her first show since the fall at the ACM Awards in April.
Now, in an interview with Vulture, a year after the unfortunate incident occurred, the Grammy winner describes her bruises became nearly unmanageable when it came time to record her sixth studio album, Cry Pretty.
When asked how her facial injury influenced her ability to sing, Underwood says the process felt more mind over matter than anything.
"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. 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," she told Vulture. "It was physically impossible … Going into the studio for the first time, it was a mind game: 'Do I sound the same? Is my diction the same? Does my mouth move the same as it did before?'"
She continued: "I would sing something and then look at David 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.'"
The 35-year-old adds she's aware her vocals aren't "always going to sound like I'm 22 coming off of American Idol" as she gets older, but that she's always striving to improve her voice.
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