Christmas is Carrie Underwood’s favourite time of year.
So it was perhaps fitting that she spent the first half of the year planning and recording My Gift, her first album filled with holiday favourites.
“It ended up being such a blessing for me to get to go to the studio in the summer and sing these songs,” Underwood told the Sun in a recent interview. “I did not want to get sidetracked or derailed because as the year progressed, these songs and these feelings and the hope and the joy that is Christmas is needed now more than ever.”
Ever since she’s been in the public eye after winning 2005’s American Idol, Underwood has never stayed in one place for very long. That all changed in 2020, with the coronavirus pandemic forcing the pop star to quarantine at home for most of the year.
The blessing of that, though, was getting to spend more time with her sons, five-year-old Isaiah and nearly two-year-old Jacob, and her husband of 10 years, Mike Fisher.
“My five-year-old, especially, I don’t think he’ll ever forget this year and how much he just got to be with mom and dad,” she said.
She didn’t allow the COVID-19 pandemic to derail her Christmas album, and Underwood says the benefits of staying in one place allowed her to enjoy being a mother.
“I feel like we’re always go, go, go and I’m always travelling, and a lot of times if the travel is too much or the schedule is too hard, I’ll end up leaving them at home,” she said. “That’s always very difficult and you think about all the things you’re missing … But this year, my silver lining was just getting to be home and be in one place so I could watch them grow and just spend time with them … just getting to be in one place and be able to spend a ton of time with my boys.”
The new Christmas album features a mix of traditional holiday songs, including O Holy Night and Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, along with a few originals added to the mix.
“I do want these songs that in 10 years people can say, ‘Oh, I remember that,’ or, ‘I grew up listening to that.’ I want people to be able to say that someday. That’s what we were trying to keep in mind when we were making it.”
Underwood also filmed a special, My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood, which is available to stream on Crave.
“We wanted it to feel timeless and beautiful,” Underwood said. “There was a lot of love and care put into it. ”
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