After 27 No. 1 hits and seven Grammy Awards, Carrie Underwood has finally released the album she’s long dreamed of making.
The country superstar has returned to her roots with “My Savior,” a gospel album that features many of the hymns she grew up singing in a small baptist church in her Checotah, Oklahoma, hometown, NPR reported.
“I grew up on this music. It’s such a pillar of who I am as a person but also as an artist,” Underwood told the “Today” show on Friday. “Now as an adult, they hold such a higher purpose and deeper meaning for me, singing these lyrics.”
Although Underwood has always been vocal about her faith — one of the singer’s first hits was “Jesus, Take the Wheel” — the new album marks Underwood’s first release of entirely Christian music. For Underwood, singing the music on this album has a different purpose than singing a country or pop song.
“I’m performing for an audience of one,” Underwood told NPR. “I’m gonna cry talking about it, but ... the whole time I was in the studio, any time I get to sing these songs, I close my eyes and I’m the only person in the room. It’s my heart for God. And I love that. ... And I feel like I’m making my relationship better and deeper with God when I’m singing these songs. So they’re just so important for my heart.”
“My Savior” marks Underwood’s second album release during the pandemic. The artist previously released “My Gift” — her first Christmas album — in the fall of 2020, according to the Deseret News.
During a time when she hasn’t been traveling and doing any shows or tours, Underwood said record uplifting music in the studio has been a “source of joy” during the pandemic.
“We were at home, and I just felt so fortunate throughout that entire time that I just got to go into the studio and sing these songs that are so hopeful and so peaceful, and just to have that for myself,” she told the “Today” show. “So I definitely hope when people listen to these now that they feel that same sense that I got to feel.”
Underwood’s album release comes about a week before Easter. On that Sunday, April 4, the singer will perform the new album from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The event will stream for free on her Facebook page at 10 a.m. MT, according to People, and will be available to watch for 48 hours. Donations raised during the concert will benefit the nonprofit Save the Children.