Carrie Underwood announces first-ever Christmas album ‘My Gift’ amid coronavirus pandemic

2020 hasn’t been perfect, to put it lightly. But Carrie Underwood makes a fair point that it still might be “a more perfect time than ever” to bring us her first-ever Christmas album.

The country star will release “My Gift” on September 25, with a vinyl edition following on October 30.

“Now more than ever, we need to focus on what Christmas is about and rely more on our family,” Underwood says in a new promotional video. “Even though it has been a tough year, sometimes I feel like the greatest realizations can come at the worst times… And it makes you more thankful for the things that you do have.”

There’s no word yet on what songs and special guests will be included on “My Gift,” but a release notes it will feature “a combination of beloved traditional favorites celebrating her faith and the spiritual nature of the holiday, as well as original material.”

Underwood started work on the album after wrapping her largely sold-out “Cry Pretty” tour, for the 2018 album of the same name. She has recorded and performed plenty of holiday material over her 15-year career – including “What Child Is This,” “O Holy Night” and “The First Noel” for a special EP in 2007.


In the promo video, Underwood also explains how the album’s title is inspired by the classic Christmas song “Little Drummer Boy.”

“It’s one of my favorites because the sentiment behind it is just so honest,” she said, adding that the drummer boy in the song makes her think of her 5-year-old son Isaiah.

Underwood also said she sees a connection between herself and the boy in the song, who offers the baby Jesus the gift of music.

“To me, that’s a gift that was given to him by God,” she said. “I love music. I love singing. That is my personal gift that I have, that I get to do, that I’m so blessed to do, and I want to use that gift, and I want to give it back to Jesus.”

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