Carrie Underwood graces the cover for Glamour’s June 2012 US issue wearing a coral Rochas shirt dress.

The country singer is taken out of her comfort zone, fashionwise, as Ben Watts captures her wearing Isabel Marant, Tory Burch, L’Wren Scott and Marc Jacobs with not a single sequin in sight.

She talks to Glamour about her new album, the songwriting process and she talks about her relationship being in the public eye.

You can read the whole interview over at Glamour.com. Below are some extracts.

On her new album, Blown Away: “There’s a happy-go-lucky feeling to some of it: A nice spring day, put the top down, turn it up, enjoy the world. But there’s a darker feeling too. We kill a couple people. It wouldn’t be a Carrie Underwood album without a revenge song on it. People really like when I do that. I don’t mean to. I don’t hate men that much. But it turns out so well!”

On the song writing process: “I’m not a creative person who’s up until 4:00 A.M., writing songs and being weird. I write with people, sharing stories, catching up. I feel I could easily sit down and write a song by myself, but when you get three people, different emotions pour out, and you take them all, round them up, and make them into one coherent thought.”

On what she wishes were different about her voice: “I’m competitive. When I hear somebody else do something I can’t, it drives me nuts. Steven Tyler–that screamy thing he does? I can’t do that. I have too much control over my voice. Or people like Mariah Carey, who can do whistle tones [notes that are at the highest point of the vocal register]. I’ve tried, but I can’t train myself to do it.”

On whether or not she could write a country song about her fame and fortune: “With no irony? I don’t think so, because country music is for real people. I think it would be very hard to write about my Louboutins. Do you know what I mean? My giant house, it’s not relatable. But my husband came from a small town and hardworking parents like I did, and I don’t think we’ve lost the mind-set. We don’t have a bowling alley in our basement. We don’t have houses on the beach and one in New York and one in L.A. I drive a three-year-old Ford Escape Hybrid. We don’t care about stuff like that.”

The everyday chores she insists on doing herself, and those she’d rather pass off: “I love to be at the grocery store. It makes me happy to have a full fridge and a full pantry. I hate sending my laundry out. I don’t like the thought of other people washing my clothes. What am I happy not doing? Lawn care. And I have a business manager who pays my bills. I did all that myself in college, but I only had one credit card back then.”

On being in a relationship with her husband, Mike Fisher, in the public eye: “A plus is, he knew what to expect. In Canada he was a big celebrity, so he knows what it’s like living under a microscope. And he travels a lot, which is good for both of us. We’re both independent people, so we can’t have somebody around 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The drawback is that we can go weeks without seeing each other. But he’s the only guy I’ve never had to worry about. Any guy I’ve ever dated, there would always be that doubt: ‘He didn’t answer his phone. What’s he doing? It’s late.’ I’m not the crazy-girlfriend type, but there was a little voice in the back of my head. I don’t have to worry about Mike. I don’t think twice. He’s going out? I don’t care; it doesn’t bother me. I don’t bat an eye.”

Isabel Marant T-shirt, Michael Kors shorts and Camilla Dietz Bergeron necklace

Tory Burch dress and Miu Miu boots

L’Wren Scott sweater, Marc Jacobs skirt, Cartier gold bracelet and Miu Miu boots

Credit: Ben Watts for Glamour