Usually, people celebrate others’ birthdays by giving them gifts. But when Carrie Underwood‘s 38th birthday rolled around in 2021, she turned the tables by giving her fans a gift instead.
Underwood’s gift to her fans was her rendition of the Christian hymn “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus.”
The hymn was written by Baptist minister and Bucknell University professor Robert Lowry in 1876. It has since been performed by a number of singers, perhaps most notably by country music legend Randy Travis.
Travis included his version of the hymn on his 2005 album Glory Train: Songs of Faith, Worship, and Praise. This was his fifth gospel album, and contained a collection of 19 gospel songs. “Nothing But the Blood” was featured as the sixth track.
Travis has clearly served as a source of inspiration to Underwood throughout her life. In 2007, she covered his song “I Told You So” for her album Carnival Ride. Travis and Underwood later united to create a duet version of the song, which they released in 2009.
Underwood is following in Travis’ footsteps yet again by singing “Nothing But the Blood of Jesus.”
When Underwood announced she was releasing her version of the song, she shared a video to show how it came together in the studio. She also revealed that Bear Rinehart, the frontman of the Christian rock band NEEDTOBREATHE, provided backing vocals on the track.
#NothingButTheBloodOfJesus is my birthday gift to YOU! Thanks to Bear Rinehart of @NEEDTOBREATHE for harmonizing with me! #MySavior ✨🙏 https://t.co/pmekewvnZG pic.twitter.com/m9RYR7S9rX
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) March 10, 2021