WATCH: Carrie Underwood’s ‘Ghost Story’ Music Video Is a Visual Masterpiece
The clip features throwbacks to several of the superstar’s iconic looks.
Carrie Underwood; Ghost Story Music Video
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.
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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.