Carrie Underwood Recalls ‘Somber’ Performance of ‘Softly and Tenderly’

Carrie Underwood included the hymn, “Softly and Tenderly,” on her upcoming My Savior album. The song has been a favorite of Underwood’s since her childhood, but one performance of the tune — at the 2017 CMA Awards, in memory of the victims of the tragic Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting, and country music artists who had passed away in the past year — will forever stick out in her mind.

“I sang ‘Softly and Tenderly’ for the CMAs a few years back, a very somber moment, an in memoriam moment during the show,” Underwood explained in a video she shared on social media. “I felt like at the time, that song just brought a lot of healing into the room. I wanted to include it on this project, just to kind of have it in a more done way, so we decided to include it on this. Hopefully it will continue to bring some healing to people who need it.”

Underwood included several of her other favorite hymns on My Savior, choosing all songs that felt important to her.

“This is an album I have always wanted to record,” Underwood said of the project. “When I set out to choose these songs, I wanted to include the beautiful, familiar hymns I grew up singing in church. There are several songs I have performed in the past, like ‘Softly And Tenderly,’ ‘How Great Thou Art’ and ‘Amazing Grace’ that mean so much to me and I knew immediately we needed to record for the album.

“This music shaped who I am as a person and is the foundation of my career as a recording artist,” she continued. “I feel so blessed to get to share these songs with generations of people who love them as I do, as well as others who might be experiencing them for the first time.”

Watch Underwood’s performance of “Softly and Tenderly” at the 2017 CMA Awards here.