Carrie Underwood Cries ‘Happy Tears’ When Sharing Her Heartfelt Feelings on ‘Just As I Am’

by Josh Lanier

Carrie Underwood is returning to the wooden pews of her childhood church for her new gospel album My Savior. And one of the songs on the album made her cry “happy tears” while recording it.

Underwood has spent much of her quarantine with living in the past. She released My Gift, which was a collection of her favorite Christmas songs, in 2020. And last week she released My Savior, which features some of her favorite gospel tracks.

She told CBS News, all of the songs are special to her. But “Just as I am” stood out as she and her team produced the album. That’s mostly because she would struggle to hold back tears while performing it.

“All the times we sang that song, I never thought much of it, ’cause it was always there,” Underwood said. “And now, as an adult, “Just as I am: He loves me just as I am.” All my flaws, all my insecurities, all my mistakes: He loves me, and that is such a huge, huge realization as an adult.

“I feel like there’s not one single time in recording it or doing anything with these songs that, after I’m done, I haven’t felt like crying happy tears,” she said. “They are happy tears. It’s a beautiful thing when you know that you are loved unconditionally, just as you are.”

Underwood said she recalled her childhood church in Oklahoma played that song every week.

“‘Just as I Am’ was the song played at the end of services: “We heard it every single Sunday, she said. “The other ones would change from Sunday to Sunday, but that was the one that was always there.”

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Carrie Underwood was one of the busiest country music stars on the planet until the pandemic hit the United States in early 2020. Tours were canceled or pushed back, events were stopped, and her datebook suddenly had nothing in it.

So, she worked where she could and went into the studio. She reached for the times in her life when she wasn’t as worried about the future. First with her Christmas album, which eventually got an HBO Max special, and now My Savior.

She said she hopes that passion shows through on the album. She also hopes it allows the audience some respite — however brief — from the worries of the day, as well.

“It was all just so hopeful and inspirational and joyful in such a time when there’s so much fear and having no idea what was around the corner, or what the next month or week would bring,” she told CBS. “Getting to work on this music was peaceful for me.”