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WATCH: Carrie Underwood Belts ‘Just As I Am’ From Gospel Album on ‘Today’

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On Friday, Carrie Underwood officially dropped her long-awaited gospel album, My Savior. She wasted no time promoting the album when she appeared on the TODAY show to wow us with a performance.

Underwood gave a soulful rendition of the classic hymn,”Just As I Am,” during her televised appearance. The pre-recorded performance featured Underwood on stage, accompanied by her band and several choir members. 

Charlotte Elliott wrote the spiritual song in 1835. In addition to Underwood, “Just As I Am” has been recorded by other country artists, including Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, and Alan Jackson.

The hymn is as popular as it is powerful: Just as I am. Without one plea. But that thy blood was shed for me,” the powerful song begins. “And that Thou bidst me come to Thee. O Lamb of God, I come!” 

“I grew up on this music,” Carrie Underwood said during an interview. “It’s such a pillar of who I am as a person, but also as an artist. Because this was the first time that I got to sing on stage and so many artists do get their start singing in church because it is such a warm, loving environment. And that’s your community and they’re so supportive and that’s the same with me, I sang these songs when I was little and now as an adult they hold such a higher purpose and deeper meaning for me singing these lyrics.”

Carrie Underwood’s Gospel Album Celebrated With Special Live Stream Event

Carrie Underwood’s release of the album will also be celebrated her event: “My Savior: Live From The Ryman.”  Underwood will stream the Easter special event live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville on Sunday, Apr. 4. 

“I hope people find some peace and some comfort in these songs,” Carrie Underwood added about her debut gospel album. The special will stream worldwide on Underwood’s official Facebook page at 11:00 AM CST on Easter Sunday and will feature performances from gospel singer CeCe Winans and Bear Rinehart. 

In case you have to miss it, the special will be available to watch for 48 hours after airing. In addition, the special will also be accepting donations throughout the live stream and for 48 hours after to benefit the nonprofit organization, Save the Children. Those wishing to RSVP for the event can click here.

“This is an album I have always wanted to record and I’m thrilled to be able to bring these uplifting, inspirational songs to life in this special way,” Underwood said in a statement. “It means so much to be able to bring this event to people in their homes on a day that holds so much meaning for us spiritually and to be able to raise much needed funds and awareness for the incredible work of Save the Children as we celebrate the importance of family.”