Throughout her career, Carrie Underwood has been known to release epic, cinematic music videos, and her latest for her chart-climbing single, “Ghost Story,” is no different.
In the just-released clip, Underwood haunts an ex-boyfriend and tips her hat to iconic moments throughout her 17-year career.
Filmed in Downtown Los Angeles at the famed 1931 Los Angeles Theatre, the visually stunning clip brings to life the haunting story of a past love affair. While the female character has seemingly moved on and is living her life, the male is haunted by her memory everywhere he turns and in everything he does.
The video is a cinematic masterpiece and pays homage to the glamour of Moulin Rouge. It even features several nods to Underwood’s previous singles such as “Two Black Cadillacs,” “Smoke Break,” “Cry Pretty,” “Blown Away,” “Just A Dream,” “Cowboy Casanova,” and more through photos and video flashbacks.
The video was directed by Underwood’s longtime collaborator, acclaimed director and photographer, Randee St. Nicholas, who has shot numerous videos with Underwood throughout her career, including “Cry Pretty,” “Drinking Alone,” “Blown Away,” “Smoke Break,” and 2020’s “Hallelujah” with John Legend. St. Nicholas has also captured now-iconic artwork for many of Underwood’s albums such as Blown Away, Storyteller, Cry Pretty, and now, Denim & Rhinestones.
“Randee St. Nicholas has an incredible eye and always knows how to film everything in the most unique and beautiful way,” Underwood shared. ”I am very visually-oriented and from the first time I heard ‘Ghost Story,’ I had a vision for how I wanted to bring this song to life in performance and Randee always takes everything to a whole other artistic level beyond my own imagination.”
Watch the “Ghost Story” Music Video
The soaring tune takes a new approach to a revenge song.
“Instead of smashing headlights, this scorned lover is letting her ex know that she will continue to haunt him no matter how hard he tries to forget her,” Underwood previously explained of the track, which was co-written by Josh Kear, Hillary Lindsey and David Garcia and co-produced by Garcia and Underwood.
“I’m gonna be your ghost story/ That keeping you up all night memory/ I’ll be haunting you, you’ll be wanting me/ I’m gonna be your ghost story,” she sings on the chorus.
The eight-time GRAMMY winner later promises, “You’ll be sitting at home drinking ’bout me/ When I’m out with my friends at the bar/ But there ain’t enough whiskey/ For you not to miss me/ I’ll be waiting at the bottom of the bottle in the dark.”
The Oklahoma native first performed the track during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and later perform the tune at the 2022 CMT Music Awards, where she offered a soaring performance from the stage of Resort World Theatre, home to her REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency.