Carrie Underwood joins CMT Hot 20 Countdown this weekend to talk about her Christmas album, My Gift. Maddie & Tae also join Cody Alan and Katie Cook to kick off the holiday countdown and talk about their We Need Christmas EP. Check them out Saturday and Stun at 9am ET on CMT.
Maddie & Tae announced on Instagram that they are going live on YouTube this Saturday (December 19th) at 7pm ET/6pm CT. The duo will sing songs from their holiday EP, We Need Christmas, while driving through a “holiday light spectacular.” Check it out here.
Kacey Musgraves will appear on the new season of the iconic Sesame Street. The Grammy-winning artist posted the news, along with some photos, this week on her socials.
Seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner Carrie Underwood’s first-ever Christmas album My Gift, continues its reign atop the charts this holiday season, following its #1 debut across multiple global charts. Released September 25, My Gift debuted #1 on the Billboard Country, Christian and Holiday charts, marking Underwood’s eighth straight album to debut #1 on the Billboard Country chart. The album remains at #1 on the Christian chart 11 weeks after it was released and debuted #1 on the UK country chart (her fifth #1 on the chart) and #1 on the Canadian country chart.
My Gift reclaimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Country chart last week for the third non-consecutive week, and has consistently stayed in the Top 5 on the Billboard Holiday Album Chart since its release. The album currently sits at #5 on the all-genre Billboard Top 200. Underwood currently has four songs on the Holiday Top 200 Streaming Chart (“Favorite Time of Year,” “Silent Night,” “Hallelujah,” and “Little Drummer Boy”) as well as four songs in the Top 30 on the Mediabase Holiday Music Chart (“Hallelujah,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “Mary, Did You Know?”)
My Gift features a combination of beloved traditional favorites celebrating the spiritual nature of the holiday, as well as several new originals, two of which are written by Underwood, frequent collaborator Brett James (“Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Something In The Water”), and her Cry Pretty co-producer, David Garcia. GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, mixer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Greg Wells produced and arranged the album.
Additionally, Underwood releases a special behind-the-scenes look from the set of the music video for her duet with fellow GRAMMY® Award winner John Legend today, watch HERE.
The original song was written by Legend and Toby Gad (“All of Me”). The video was directed by acclaimed director and photographer, Randee St. Nicholas, who has shot multiple videos with Underwood throughout her career, including “Cry Pretty,” “Drinking Alone,” “Blown Away” and “Smoke Break,” all of which have been honored as CMT’s Video of the Year. Legend also appears as a special guest on Underwood’s new music special “My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood,” which premiered on HBO Max earlier this month and is streaming now. In celebration of the special, Underwood performed on NBC’s TODAY (watch HERE) as well as The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (watch HERE). She is set to join Late Night with Seth Meyers on December 17 followed by The Kelly Clarkson Show on December 18. Underwood and Legend will also perform “Hallelujah” on NBC’s “Global Citizen’s Prize” special on December 19th.
Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD EXPLAINS WHAT FANS CAN EXPECT FROM HER FIRST CHRISTMAS RECORD, MY GIFT.
Carrie Underwood (what fans can expect from My Gift) OC: …like Christmas. :24 “I think fans can expect this album to just put them in the mood for Christmas. We go traditional. We go new. We sing songs about love. We sing songs about Jesus. We sing happy songs about Christmas. Hopefully, it just takes them on a journey and makes them feel a certain way, makes it feel like Christmas.”
Carrie Underwood released her first-ever Christmas album, My Gift, earlier this fall. My Gift, which debuted at No. 1, features a combination of beloved traditional favorites celebrating the spiritual nature of the holiday, as well as several new originals. Two of the original songs are written by Underwood, frequent collaborator Brett James (“Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Something In The Water”), and her Cry Pretty co-producer, David Garcia. In addition to a very special appearance by Underwood’s 5-year-old son, Isaiah Fisher, on the holiday classic that inspired the album title, “Little Drummer Boy,” My Gift also features her first collaboration with Emmy, GRAMMY®, Oscar, and Tony Award-winner John Legend, on the original track, “Hallelujah,” written by Legend and Toby Gad (“All of Me”).
GRAMMY® Award-winning producer, mixer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Greg Wells produced and arranged the album. He has written and produced some of the best-selling and highest charting tracks of the past 15 years for such artists as Adele, Celine Dion, Keith Urban, and P!nk, as well as the worldwide smash The Greatest Showman soundtrack. My Gift features a world-class orchestra, led by the pre-eminent arranger, composer, and conductor David Campbell, whose many credits include iconic recordings by artists including Linda Ronstadt, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Barbra Streisand, Michael Jackson, Josh Groban, and his son Beck. My Gift is mixed by 14-time GRAMMY® Award winning mixer, Serban Ghenea.
Carrie says some of her Christmas traditions include a lot of traveling to visit her family and her husband Mike Fisher’s family…but also cooking and celebrating the season. “My perfect Christmas, generally we do a lot of traveling around Christmas. We’ll go see either my family or my husband’s family,” says Carrie. “I’ll spend all day cooking. I’ll make a small turkey, even though I don’t eat turkey. I’ll make myself some tofurkey; cranberry sauce, of course. Of course, sweet potato casserole. You have to have that. That’s one of my favorites because it’s a side dish and dessert, but I’ll just make a ridiculous amount of food. Just celebrate, have a fire, we wait for Santa and open our presents, then we’re off to see the next group of family. It’s all about watching it through my sons’ eyes and just getting to spend time with family.”
She continues: “For me growing up, Christmas was always just comforting. We always had the same stockings and the same tree and the same decorations, and we would always decorate the weekend right after Thanksgiving. You know, flip the Christmas switch, put the tree up. Now that we’re adults and have kids, we can go to the Christmas tree farm and we can walk around, and we can pick out which one and ask Isaiah, ‘Which one do you think?’ Just things like that, making those memories. It’s just a joyful time of year.”
One of her favorite memories from childhood was singing Christmas carols for folks in nursing homes. “Christmas was always just about family,” she says. “One thing that we always did growing up that was one of my favorite memories, we would on Christmas Eve we would go to my grandparents’ house. Us kids were always responsible for putting oranges and apples and bananas in little paper bags and we would go down to the nursing home and sing Christmas carols.”
Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT CHRITMAS MUSIC.
Carrie Underwood (Christmas music) OC: …a certain way. :37 “There is no other like part of the year that gets its own music, like exclusively. When you think about it, like entire radio stations switch over to play Christmas music around Christmas time. So, I feel like it just puts you in the mood for Christmas. Christmas is something that everybody looks forward to and to have Christmas music start playing way before Christmas. It usually does because people just can’t wait to get there. It puts you in a mood. It changes your state of mind. It gets you ready for it and it just makes you feel a certain way.”
Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD SAYS HER CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS USUALLY INCLUDE COOKING AND TRAVELING, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, FAMILY.
Carrie Underwood (perfect Christmas) OC: …with family. :40 “My perfect Christmas, generally we do a lot of traveling around Christmas. We’ll go see either my family or my husband’s family. I’ll spend all day cooking. I’ll make a small turkey, even though I don’t eat turkey. I’ll make myself some tofurkey; cranberry sauce, of course. Of course, sweet potato casserole. You have to have that. That’s one of my favorites because it’s a side dish and dessert, but I’ll just make a ridiculous amount of food. Just celebrate, have a fire, we wait for Santa and open our presents, then we’re off to see the next group of family. It’s all about watching it through my sons’ eyes and just getting to spend time with family.”
Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD RECALLS MEMORIES OF PAST CHRISTMASES.
Carrie Underwood (Christmas memories) OC: …Christmas carols. :18 “Christmas was always just about family. One thing that we always did growing up that was one of my favorite memories, we would on Christmas Eve we would go to my grandparents’ house. Us kids were always responsible for putting oranges and apples and bananas in little paper bags and we would go down to the nursing home and sing Christmas carols.”
Audio / CARRIE UNDERWOOD TALKS ABOUT HER CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS.
Carrie Underwood (Christmas traditions) OC: …time of year. :35 “For me growing up, Christmas was always just comforting. We always had the same stockings and the same tree and the same decorations, and we would always decorate the weekend right after Thanksgiving. You know, flip the Christmas switch, put the tree up. Now that we’re adults and have kids, we can go to the Christmas tree farm and we can walk around, and we can pick out which one and ask Isaiah, ‘Which one do you think?’ Just things like that, making those memories. It’s just a joyful time of year.”
We have compiled an array of content — a variety of liners and soundbites – from CARRIE UNDERWOOD to equip you with everything you might need to put together your own Christmas radio special; use in news feeds and much more for her new holiday album, MY GIFT. Check out all of details below (including audio liners and soundbites, as well as transcriptions) to create your own content surrounding Carrie’s Christmas album.
For Carrie Underwood, Christmas has always been a holiday filled with family, faith, gratitude, and music. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, set to a soundtrack of carols and hymns. Season after season, those songs never fail to strike a chord… especially during challenging times.
My Gift, Underwood’s highly-anticipated, first full-length collection of Christmas classics and new holiday-inspired originals, couldn’t have arrived at a better time. Mostly written and entirely recorded during the 2020 health pandemic that brought the world to an unexpected and extended halt, it’s a timely reminder of the many things still worth celebrating. With guest appearances by John Legend (who appears on “Hallelujah,” a gorgeous duet co-written by the “All of Me” chart-topper with Toby Gad), Isaiah Fisher (Underwood’s 5 year-old son, who joins her for a very special rendition of “Little Drummer Boy”), and a full orchestra led by legendary conductor David Campbell, My Gift is a personal and inspirational album that celebrates not only the larger-than-life power of Underwood’s vocals and songwriting gifts, but also a reminder of the many things we can be grateful for this holiday season.
Underwood has many reasons to be thankful this year. Since kickstarting her career as the winner of American Idol’s 2005 season, she’s become a multi-media superstar whose milestones include 64 million records sold, 27 #1 hit songs, seven platinum-certified records, a New York Times best-selling book, 12 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and more than 100 major awards (including seven Grammys, 15 ACM Awards including three for Entertainer of the Year (the first female in history to win twice and, as of 2020, the only female ever to win three times), 20 CMT Awards where she holds the record for the most award wins ever for the show, 7 CMA Awards, and 15 American Music Awards). One of the best-selling artists of the 21st century, Underwood has maintained a reputation as a leader in the industry, inspiring and lifting up emerging artists, and supporting women as she did with the all-female lineup for her 2019 Cry Pretty Tour 360.
It was during the final weeks of The Cry Pretty Tour 360 that she began pulling together plans for a Christmas record. As 2019 gave way to 2020, a global health crisis only strengthened her resolve to create an album that emphasized reverence and optimism.
“Now, more than ever, we all need to focus on what Christmas is about,” says Underwood, who worked with many of the album’s collaborators — including her co-writers and her Grammy-winning producer Greg Wells — via a series of Zoom sessions. “Even though it has been a tough year in so many ways, sometimes I feel like the greatest realizations can come at the worst times, or in the most stressful times, and it makes you more thankful for the things you do have.”
Carrie Underwood appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She talked about working on her new Christmas album, “My Gift,” as well as working with John Legend and her son, Isaiah.
The mother of two sons also performed “O Holy Night.” Check out the awe-inspiring performance below.
“My Gift” features 11 songs, including several holiday favorites such as “O Holy Night,” “Silent Night,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “Away in a Manger,” as well as a handful of original songs. Also, Carrie’s HBO Max Christmas special is now available to watch.
Carrie Underwood recorded a one-hour radio special for her new, highly-anticipated Christmas album, “My Gift.” You can download the special, promos and show clock here. She will also be part of UMG Nashville’s 24-hour “A Country Christmas,” which should be available sometime this week.
You can catch Carrie’s television special, “My Gift,” on HBO Max now.
Here are some holiday liners from UMG Nashville artists, including Adam Hambrick, Alan Jackson, Billy Currington, Brandon Lay, Brothers Osborne, Carrie Underwood, Caylee Hammack, Chrissy Metz, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Gary Allan, George Strait, Jon Langston, Jon Pardi, Jordan Davis, Josh Turner, Kacey Musgraves, Kassi Ashton, Keith Urban, Kip Moore, Kylie Morgan, Lauren Alaina, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Maddie & Tae, Mickey Guyton, Parker McCollum, Priscilla Block, Sam Hunt, Shania Twain, Travis Denning and more!
Just a couple of months after releasing her first Christmas album, “My Gift,” Carrie Underwood has her own music special on HBO Max available to stream now. On TODAY’s Citi Music Series, she talks to TODAY about her holiday special, her album “My Gift,” her son Isaiah singing with her on her recording of “Little Drummer Boy,” and her Christmas plans with her family.
Carrie also joined Hoda and Jenna during the fourth hour of the Today Show and talked about her new Christmas album, “My Gift,” and to answer questions from some of her biggest fans. She and Hoda also reminisce about an interview from 15 years prior following Underwood’s “American Idol” win.
Check out her performance of “Let There Be Peace” from “My Gift” here.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® announced today it will present “Cracker Barrel Sounds of the Season,” a musical, family-friendly holiday feature with performances by superstar Carrie Underwood, with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June. The special holiday feature will debut on Cracker Barrel’s YouTube and Facebook pages on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT and then will continue to be available throughout the holiday season. For a sneak peek, click here.
In the holiday feature, Cracker Barrel brings legendary and rising female country music artists together through lively conversations, holiday games and special musical performances to showcase how they are continuing their favorite traditions with their loved ones this year – at a time when many people are reimagining seasonal celebrations. The “Cracker Barrel Sounds of the Season” feature reunites Underwood with the all-female tour mates she brought onto her “Cry Pretty Tour 360” last year.
“Being a part of this special collaboration with Cracker Barrel and my friends, Maddie & Tae and Runaway June, is a fun way to celebrate the holiday season,” said Carrie Underwood. “Music lifts spirits and is a big part of our holiday traditions, which are as important as ever this year.”
During the holiday event, fans will be treated to a special performance from Underwood’s first-ever Christmas album “My Gift” – available at Cracker Barrel stores and online, along with special collaborations with Maddie & Tae and Runaway June. For those wanting to embrace the classic comfort of holiday music all season long, artist performances will be available across Cracker Barrel’s social media channels throughout December and all three artists’ new Christmas music will be played in Cracker Barrel stores nationwide.
“We are excited to be teaming up with Cracker Barrel and our friends to share how we are continuing our favorite traditions with loved ones this year and to share special performances with our fans and Cracker Barrel lovers,” said Maddie & Tae. “All three of us have released our first Christmas album/EP and original Christmas songs this year, and it’s incredibly special to have Cracker Barrel bring us all together to celebrate musical holiday traditions and to be able to make them our own in this way.”
“Holidays are a time to disconnect and bond with families, friends and loved ones, and our hope is that ‘Cracker Barrel Sounds of the Season’ provides the opportunity to do so,” said Runaway June. “We are so appreciative of Cracker Barrel, whose commitment to supporting women in country music continues with this campaign, for letting us be a part of bringing the joyful sounds of the holidays to homes nationwide.”
“As this year comes to a close, we want to do something extra special for those craving the comforts of familiar holiday traditions,” Cracker Barrel Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Jennifer Tate said. “Our hope is that ‘Cracker Barrel Sounds of the Season’ will bring joy to families amid these uncertain times and provide a way for loved ones to connect this holiday season – whether celebrating near or far.”