Carrie Underwood Says Her Facial Stitches Made Singing Almost 'Impossible'

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Carrie Underwood arrives at the American Music Awards on Oct. 9, 2018, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. 

In a new interview, Carrie Underwood revealed that the facial stitches from her fall last year made it difficult to record her recently released sixth studio album, Cry Pretty.

"I had wanted to be in the studio sooner than I was, actually recording these songs," Underwood told Vulture. "But I had stitches inside my mouth, outside my mouth. 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?'

"I would sing something and then look at [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 recalled.

She also admitted that the stitches took a mental toll on her, but she has learned to accept the incident and move on. "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 admitted to Vulture. "Things change just as you get older; your muscles change. I kind of expect I’m not always going to sound like I’m 22 coming off of American Idol. Hopefully I get better."

Last fall, Underwood fell on the stairs in her home resulting in a broken wrist and more than 40 stitches on her mouth, jawline and lower face. She opened up on The Ellen Degeneres Show in September about the accident, saying, "My biggest worry at the time was if I say nothing then later on, people are going to say, 'What has she done to herself?' It was definitely not a choice, but now I feel pretty close to normal."

While she is still recovering, Underwood is expecting her first child with husband Mike Fisher and will co-host the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley on Wednesday before heading on her 2019 Cry Pretty Tour 360.

Read her full interview with Vulture here.


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