Carrie Underwood has shared the tune she composed about her kid Isaiah and hubby Mike Fisher. “What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” is the very last track on Storyteller, and by far her most personal.
“It’s an affection tune for my boys” Underwood tells us, acknowledging she is not going to think she’ll be capable of perform the song live. Her original fans know there’s a song such as this on every single record, but nonetheless she was hesitant to include it.
“Enough people were like ‘This needs to be on the album,'” the 32-year-old adds.
That makes 4 tracks unveiled from Storyteller, Underwood’s fifth studio record. “Smoke Break” is the present single, but the performer made “Heartbeat” and “Renegade Runaway” available to followers who pre-order the album, and put them on YouTube. Mark Bright returns to co-produce the album, while Jay Joyce worked with Underwood for the very first time.
“What I Never Knew I Always Wanted” was co-written by Brett James and Hillary Lindsay and it’s the only real mother moment on the album. Most of the songs were discovered or written prior to her becoming pregnant with her first kid.
This one was composed after she became a mother, obviously. It had been a struggle to go back to work, Underwood says, admitting that “Mommy guilt is so real.” She’d start slowly, writing just two days per week in a cabin that’s close to a vacation cabin on her property. Baby Isaiah would be in that other cabin, yet she still felt she was missing something.
“Sometimes I just sit there and I’m just like, ‘I’m sort of sorry that this is your life, traveling around,” she explains in the video below. “I’m sure you’d just rather be home in your space. And you’re in this hotel room in Lord knows where. Or you’re on a bus.’”