Carrie Underwood looks achingly lovely on the June 2012 cover of Glamour magazine, the US edition. The 29-year-old songstress sits down for a chat and dishes on writing songs, her new album ‘Blown Away’, her voice, but also on being in a relationship with her husband, Mike Fisher, in the public eye. On what she wishes were different about her voice, Carrie admits that, “I’m competitive. When I hear somebody else do something I can’t, it drives me nuts. Steven Tyler — that screamy thing he does? I can’t do that. I have too much control over my voice. Or people like Mariah Carey, who can do whistle tones [notes that are at the highest point of the vocal register]. I’ve tried, but I can’t train myself to do it.”
Speaking about the song writing process, the beautiful singer says that, “I’m not a creative person who’s up until 4:00 A.M., writing songs and being weird. I write with people, sharing stories, catching up. I feel I could easily sit down and write a song by myself, but when you get three people, different emotions pour out, and you take them all, round them up, and make them into one coherent thought.” As on her new album, Carrie told the magazine that, “There’s a happy-go-lucky feeling to some of it: A nice spring day, put the top down, turn it up, enjoy the world. But there’s a darker feeling too. We kill a couple people. It wouldn’t be a Carrie Underwood album without a revenge song on it. People really like when I do that. I don’t mean to. I don’t hate men that much. But it turns out so well!”
On the American Idol effect, Carrie told the magazine that, “In the beginning you’re like an elected official. It’s a lot to take in. Nobody knows who you are one day, and the next day people are camping out on your front porch. They’ve invested in you. They sat there and voted for you. I get it.”
When it comes to the everyday tasks she insists on doing herself and those she’d rather pass off, the songstress admits that, “I love to be at the grocery store. It makes me happy to have a full fridge and a full pantry. I hate sending my laundry out. I don’t like the thought of other people washing my clothes. What am I happy not doing? Lawn care. And I have a business manager who pays my bills. I did all that myself in college, but I only had one credit card back then.”
Asked whether she could write a country song about her fame and fortune, Carrie confesses that, “With no irony? I don’t think so, because country music is for real people. I think it would be very hard to write about my Louboutins. Do you know what I mean? My giant house, it’s not relatable. But my husband came from a small town and hardworking parents like I did, and I don’t think we’ve lost the mind-set. We don’t have a bowling alley in our basement. We don’t have houses on the beach and one in New York and one in L.A. I drive a three-year-old Ford Escape Hybrid. We don’t care about stuff like that.”
On being in a relationship with her husband, Mike Fisher, in the public eye, the gorgeous star told Glamour that, “A plus is, he knew what to expect. In Canada he was a big celebrity, so he knows what it’s like living under a microscope. And he travels a lot, which is good for both of us. We’re both independent people, so we can’t have somebody around 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Carrie says. “Any guy I’ve ever dated, there would always be that doubt: ‘He didn’t answer his phone. What’s he doing? It’s late.’ I’m not the crazy-girlfriend type, but there was a little voice in the back of my head. I don’t have to worry about Mike. I don’t think twice. He’s going out? I don’t care; it doesn’t bother me. I don’t bat an eye,” she added.
Read Carrie’s full interview in the June 2012 issue of Glamour US.
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