Carrie Underwood gets up close and the most personal on her new album, Cry Pretty. One of the songs she wrote and recorded for the album and that speaks straight to her soul is the uplifting, goosebump-inducing and domestically lovely “Kingdom.”
“It ain’t always pretty as a picture
And it ain’t a mansion on a hill
It’s perfectly imperfect
It’s worth more than it’s worth
It’s our life, it’s our heart, it’s our home
This is our kingdom”
“I feel like ‘Kingdom’ is just all about the things that make you. I’m from a very small town in Oklahoma. When I sing this song, this is what I think of,” she says. “We had everything that we needed. Everything. We did not have a lot of extras in our lives, and that was, I think, a good thing. But to me when I think, I’m gonna cry, [starts crying] when I think about home it’s the best thing. I’m so glad that I grew up where I grew up with my amazing family and the house that we grew up in that my parents still live at in that tiny town with not a lot to do and not a lot of extras. That is part of me.”
Carrie loves going home to Checotah, Oklahoma and staying with her parents in her childhood home and she recently told CBS Sunday Morning that being at home lets her “sleep.” “I feel like this is the only place that my soul can rest,” she said. “It’s just when I come here, I can turn off, and there’s no other place in the world like that…I sleep when I’m here. I mean, I sleep, and I don’t get that anywhere else.”
Carrie received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on September 20th and will perform at the upcoming iHeart Radio Music Festival, September 22nd in Las Vegas before jetting to Australia for the Deni Ute Muster, September 28th-29th where she will perform her only full-length concert on this trip Down Under.
It's no wonder she needs a good sleep!