The holidays are officially here. “My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood” premiered today on HBO Max and it was more than worth the wait. For fans who anxiously counted down the days to the release of My Gift back in September, Underwood’s first ever Christmas album, this full length streaming concert provides a new way to experience the music and the joy of the season.
Accompanied by a full orchestra and choir, a festive wardrobe, and a holiday set straight out of a dream, the singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, author, and mom of two performed every song from the album including Christmas classics and original material, plus previous hit singles, ‘Jesus Take the Wheel’ and ‘Something in the Water’. John Legend also joined her for a gorgeous duet of their song “Hallelujah”, which has already climbed to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In a full-circle moment for OG fans, American Idol conductor Ricky Minor led the orchestra.
Underwood was flawless with her vocals, but it was her eldest son Isaiah who stole the show during the 45-minute program. After commenting on how special it was to record a duet with her five-year-old for the album, viewers got a behind the scenes glimpse into the two recording together over the summer. Isaiah can be seen in the studio and singing his little heart out while his proud mama cheers him on. Underwood’s mother Carole also made an appearance in a packaged segment, sharing pictures, video clips, and stories about Carrie’s love of Christmas growing up and performing locally in Oklahoma.
My Gift the album debuted at #1 on the Billboard Country, Christian, and Holiday charts. The project, which was arranged and produced by Greg Wells was Underwood’s eighth straight album to debut in the top spot.
The event was directed by Sandra Restrepo and produced by Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks for Playtone. “My Gift: a Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood” is available now on HBO Max.
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