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If it wasn’t for the pandemic, Carrie Underwood would probably not have released her first gospel album My Savior today (3/26).

Carrie was inspired to do the project shortly after she completed her Christmas album My Gift which she released in 2020. She said, “As we were kind of in the middle of it talking about the follow up and to me it was like we might as well just go ahead and do it. Like we don’t know when the world is going to get back to ‘normal.’ So, to me just staying in this space and getting to be inspired and sing songs like this throughout last year and this year, it was just such a blessing to me. So, I definitely hope that when people listen to it, they feel that.”

Once she and her camp decided it would be the next project, the songs on the album were a no-brainer. Underwood said, “These particular songs for My Savior, I grew up singing these in church and my church that we go to right now they play a lot of very contemporary Christian songs, praise and worship songs, and it’s great. But every once in a while, they’ll kind of throw in like a chorus or something of some hymn that I grew up with and there’s an immediate sense of home when I hear that. And that’s kind of where I was at when we were recording this.”

She adds, “It should be like a warm hug, and I feel like there’s so many people that are like me that kind of long for that. You think back to that sense of home and your church that you grew up in with the pews. I mean it’s just one of those things that it just feels like home. And after a year like last year, I feel like people are definitely searching. A lot of people were thrown out of their daily routines and trying to figure life out and be more introspective or kind of slow down. We were all forced to slow down.”

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