WATCH: Carrie Underwood Explains the Difficulty of ‘Taking on Classics’

Country singer Carrie Underwood has just released a Christmas album, “My Gift,” that offers a mix of classic Christmas covers and original songs.

And now Underwood is sharing a bit of behind-the-scenes info about the whole process, and about what it’s like to cover a classic song.

Underwood Takes On Some Classics

“It’s always interesting when you are taking on a classic, because there’s been a bazillion other artists over the decades that have also recorded those songs,” Underwood said in a recent video from CMT. “You wanna make it unique, but you wanna stay true to its core. It was interesting to just find myself in these Christmas classics.”

Among the classics she covers on the album are “Little Drummer Boy,” “Silent Night” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” 

“When we were recording everything, we wanted things to sound classic,” Underwood explained. “You know, people do play these songs every year. I mean, I grew up with my records and stuff like that, and whenever I would put them on it would make [it] feel like Christmas.”

“It’s exciting to think that we could become a part of people’s special time of year,” she added.

A Different Album

Underwood is not new to covering classic songs. For example, at the 2020 ACM Awards, she performed a medley of classics by female country musicians, from Loretta Lynn to Reba McEntire.

But all the same, for her Christmas album, everything was a bit different, she said.

“It was a small studio, you know, it was just a couple people there,” Underwood said of the album process. “Myself, engineer – like it was very minimal. My producer, who’s in LA, he was on an iPad in the vocal booth with me. It was different. But, you know, this project is different. This isn’t my typical studio album, and it’s 2020, so we were playing with the cards we were dealt.”

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