Carrie Underwood is smokin' hot!
The country superstar released "Smoke Break" last month, and E! News has an exclusive behind the scenes look at what went in to making the music video. The song—produced by Jay Joyce and written by Underwood, Chris DeStefano and Hillary Lindsey—is the first single from Underwood's fifth album, Storyteller, available Oct. 23. Randee St. Nicholas, who directed Underwood's "Blown Away" music video three years ago, was once again working behind the camera. "'Smoke Break' is all about the overworked, stressed out person," Underwood, 32, explains.
The music video shows Underwood's car breaking down in the middle of the desert. Additionally, the musician cast "gorgeous, strong women" to play a horse trainer, a truck driver and a waitress. "It just tells a story," Underwood says of featuring blue collar characters. "These are everyday jobs, and we need a break."
The seven-time Grammy Award winner was excited to work with DeStefano and Lindsey after previously joining forces in 2012 for Blown Away. "The three of us together just seem to be a really great team," says Underwood, who adds that "Smoke Break" was written in April. "It was such a gorgeous day," she recalls. "We all three would go outside and sit around. I was like, 'This feels like a smoke break.'"
The rest, as they say, is history.