Carrie Underwood's Ghost Story Also Includes a Real Ghost, According to Songwriters

Carrie Underwood's Ghost Story Also Includes a Real Ghost, According to Songwriters ...

Carrie Underwoods, a former American Idol, rose to the top of the Country and All-Genre iTunes charts in March 2022, and the song's songwriters were surprised when they noticed a mysterious extra person next to their names in the credits.

Josh Kear, Hillary Lindsey, and David Garcia were three of Underwoods' favorite musicians who wrote the song Ghost Story. H. Wadsworth Longfellow is also mentioned in the liner notes, a poet who died 140 years before it was written.

Lindsey told Country Insider that she did not know if it was a joke or what. Turns out Underwood was extremely serious about including the wordsmith on her haunting single.

Underwood added an actual ghost to the Ghost Story.

In March, Underwood told CMT News that she loved the tune and lyrics for Ghost Story from the start, singing the harmonies of Kear, Lindsey, and Garcia.

Underwood said: "They are such gifted, amazing songwriters." "From the first time I heard it, I knew I had to record it."

According to Country Insider, songwriters often don't get to see the finished product until it's been released to the general public.

Lindsey, who has written other hit songs for Underwood, might have to share income with yet another individual, as the music industry is rife with trademark litigation and intellectual property violations.

She was surprised when ASCAP, which oversees music registration and credit, intervened. After deciding to whisper his haunting words at the start of the single, Underwood discovered Longfellow, a well-known 19th-century poet.

Carrie and I were in the studio recording vocals for the song, according to Country Insider. She came out of the vocal booth and we both listened in the control room to make sure everything was okay. After listening back, she thought it might be interesting to have some ghostly whispers going on in the track that you may only notice in the background.

Garcia claims that at the start of the song, when listeners hear faint whispers, Underwood is actually reciting a couple of lines from Longfellows' poem, Haunted Houses. Some say it's about Underwood's first wife's death after a miscarriage.

Men have lived and died in all homes where men have lived and died.

Are haunted houses. Through the open doors

The harmless phantoms on their errands glide, in and out.

With feet that make no sound upon the floors.

Longfellow isn't technically a singer or songwriter, and no money is due in his name. Nonetheless, Underwood wanted to make sure he got credit for the words she whispered, all these years after he wrote them.

Fans of Ghost Story get behind the scenes of a behind-the-scenes video from Underwood.

Underwood shared a behind-the-scenes video of her work at the famed Los Angeles Theatre on Aug. 4, which includes a marble and crystal fountain as well as silk damask wall coverings.

My favorite part of shooting the Ghost Story video, as mentioned in the short film, was probably trying new things. I want things to look different, to feel different, and to be different from anything I've ever done before.

The 39-year-old mother of two reveals that being on a trapeze in the video was much harder than it appears.

Underwoods' latest Denim & Rhinestones album, released in June, was no. 2 on the Billboards Country chart, meaning that all of her previous 10 albums have been in the Top 10.