Carrie Underwood: Singing was ‘physically impossible’ after facial injury

She could “Cry Pretty,” but singing pretty was a different story! Carrie Underwood revealed it was “physically impossible” for her to sing in the wake of her November 2017 facial injury.

“I had wanted to be in the studio sooner than I was, actually recording these songs [on latest album Cry Pretty], but I had stitches inside my mouth, outside my mouth. It was physically impossible,” the 35-year-old told Vulture in a new interview.

“I felt like the differences were more in my head than they were in anybody else’s that would listen to the things I was doing,” Underwood elaborated. “Going into the studio for the first time, it was a mind game: ‘Do I sound the same? Is my diction the same? Does my mouth move the same as it did before?’”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Carrie Underwood attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Carrie Underwood attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Carrie Underwood attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For dcp)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Carrie Underwood attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 09: Carrie Underwood attends the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images For dcp)
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Certain consonants gave the American Idol alum pause, she explained: “I would sing something and then look at [producer David Garcia] and be like, ‘Did that all come out clearly?’ My m’s and b’s and p’s were kind of the issue. And he was like, ‘I thought it sounded great.’”

Underwood, who is currently pregnant with her second child with husband Mike Fisher, suffered the injury after falling at home in Nashville last November. The laceration required 40 stitches on the singer’s face, and she later showed off her scar on Instagram.

Despite any anxieties about her enunciation, though, the seven-time Grammy winner has come to peace with her evolving sound. “Things change just as you get older; your muscles change,” she told Vulture. “I kind of expect I’m not always going to sound like I’m 22 coming off of American Idol. Hopefully I get better.”

Underwood has been married to Fisher, 38, since 2010. The couple welcomed a son, Isaiah Michael, in February 2015.

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NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Mike Fisher (L) and Carrie Underwood attend the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Mike Fisher (L) and Carrie Underwood attend the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 08: NHL player Mike Fisher and singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood attend the 51st annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Davis/FilmMagic)
BRENTWOOD, TN - OCTOBER 24: Singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood (L) and NHL Player Mike Fisher (R) attend Nashville Shines for Haiti benefiting Sean Penn's J/P Haitian relief organization featuring Tim McGraw hosted and underwritten by Johnathon Arndt and Newman Arndt at the Arndt Estate on October 24, 2017 in Brentwood, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 08: Nashville Predators forward Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood attend the 2016 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 8, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Singer Carrie Underwood and NHL player Mike Fisher attends the 2015 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 10: Singer Carrie Underwood (L) and NHL player Mike Fisher attend the 2015 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 10, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 09: Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood attend the 8th Annual ACM Honors at Ryman Auditorium on September 9, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for ACM)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 18: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer Carrie Underwood (R) and hockey player Mike Fisher attend the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 18, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Billboard Awards 2014/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 04: Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood attend the 2014 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 4, 2014 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Larry Busacca/WireImage)
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher attend the 'TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 Most Influential People In The World' at the Frederick P Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. � LAN (Photo by Lars Niki/Corbis via Getty Images)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 05: NHL player Mike Fisher (L) and singer Carrie Underwood attend the 2013 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 5, 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
FRANKLIN, TN - DECEMBER 03: Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher attend the CMT Artist of the Year Awards at The Factory At Franklin on December 3, 2012 in Franklin, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Carrie Underwood (R) and husband Mike Fisher arrive at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Singer Carrie Underwood (R) and NHL player Mike Fisher at the 40th American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 18, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/AMA2012/WireImage)
NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 01: Recording artist Carrie Underwood and husband Mike Fisher attend the 46th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 1, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood attend the 2012 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 06: Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood attend the 2012 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Mike Fisher and singer Carrie Underwood arrive at Fox's 'American Idol 2012' Finale Results Show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 23: Singer Carrie Underwood and professional ice hockey player Mike Fisher arrive at 'American Idol' Season 11 Grand Finale Show at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on May 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: NHL Player Mike Fisher and Singer Carrie Underwood arrive at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood attend the 2010 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
NASHVILLE, TN - JUNE 09: Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood attends the 2010 CMT Music Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 9, 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 31: NHL player Mike Fisher and singer Carrie Underwood arrive at the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on January 31, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage)
Singer Carrie Underwood and hockey Player Mike Fisher onstage during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Salute To Icons Honoring Doug Morris held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 30, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
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