One Carrie Underwood 2x Platinum Single Was Inspired by a Stephen King Horror Novel

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Did you know that Carrie Underwood was inspired to write one of her hits by a horror novel?

When Underwood was in a co-writing session with Josh Kear and Hilary Lindsey, she was inspired. As a horror buff, the “Southbound” singer took a page from Stephen King’s “Christine” for “Two Black Cadillacs.”

In a behind-the-scenes video, Underwood explained how the concept came about and how her love of horror influenced the music video. “I had this idea… if the car did the killing — a la ‘Christine,’ the Stephen King book,” Underwood revealed. “I just thought that would be a cool little twist to the story.”

Additionally, Underwood reached out to King himself to get his approval. “So I did reach out to ask if he might give his blessing, and I told him, ‘I would never want to do this if you didn’t sign off on it first,'” she shared.

“I really don’t know why I’ve always loved horror movies, but I know why I’ve always loved Stephen King. My mom was such a huge fan,” she gushed. “I guarantee you she’s read everything he’s ever written. I would borrow her books and read her books. This is great reading for, like, you know, a grade-schooler, right?”

All About Carrie Underwood’s Hit

Furthermore, “Two Black Cadillacs” is off of Carrie Underwood‘s 2012 record, Blown Away. In addition to the positive fan reception, the song reached No. 1 on the country charts and was certified 2x Platinum.

“It was so much fun to write and just be in that room,” Underwood recalled to CBS. “We didn’t really know what to expect or where we were headed or what we would end up with.”

“It’s just drama. It’s drama, and it’s dark, but it’s also, you have to listen to the whole thing. You’re sucked in, from the beginning, from the music, and it’s just, you know something’s gonna happen,” she added. Her goal was to make the song as visually captivating as possible.

Kear told Taste of Country that it was the group’s first writing session together. Above all, Kear noted that Underwood wanted darker tones for the record.

“So I remember sitting at the piano while writing the song thinking that if Carrie really wanted something dark, this was what she was after,” he told the outlet.

“Carrie really got into the story and making sure we didn’t give away how the two women got rid of the man the song is about,” Kear recalls. “This kind of song is really tricky because you need enough detail to tell the story and keep it interesting without it becoming so graphic that it’s unpleasant to listen to more than once.”

Finally, the trio wanted to make sure that the audience could not know what exactly killed the man. The final verse was the nail in the coffin that surprised fans.

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