Carrie Underwood is once again wearing her faith on her musical sleeve.
It’s been nine years since the country superstar released “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” the Grammy-winning, double-platinum-selling song that spent six weeks at Number One. Back then, she was fresh off her American Idol win and the new toast of Nashville. Fast forward to today, and she’s the top-earning Idol alum of all time, according to Forbes, and is kicking off her first greatest hits compilation with another spiritual heartstring-tugger.
“Something in the Water,” which Underwood co-wrote with Chris DeStefano and Brett James, is a new track off the Oklahoma native’s upcoming Greatest Hits: Decade #1 album. It’s a “joyous, uplifting song about changing your life for the better and waking up and having that a-ha moment and your life being different from that moment forward,” the singer explained last week on NBC’s Today show. Similar to “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” the new song is about turning to God in troubled times.
“I followed that preacher man down to the river/And now I’m changed/And now I’m stronger/There must’ve been something in the water,” Underwood sings in the soaring song that showcases her heavenly high vocal range. (Listen above.)
Greatest Hits: Decade #1 will also include Underwood’s 18 Number One singles from her decade-long career. It is set to hit stores December 9th.
Pregnant with her first child, due in spring, Underwood has cleared her tour schedule for the rest of this year. She played the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park last week, raising money and awareness for impoverished communities alongside Sting, Beyonce, No Doubt and a long list of other musical heavy hitters.