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Carrie Underwood Opens Up About Socially-Distant Recording of ‘Hallelujah’ Duet with John Legend

by Jacklyn Krol
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Carrie Underwood spoke about the process of socially-distance recording. The country superstar recently recorded her duet with John Legend, “Hallelujah.”

What Carrie Underwood Had to Say

Underwood performed a holiday special for iHeartRadio and spoke with host Mario Lopez about recording the record. Additionally, she shared how the duet came about and what the experience was like recording the song in such an odd manner.

“It’s kind of a thing, everybody in the music industry knows what everybody else is doing,” Underwood explained. “It really is a small world that we live in. He heard that I was making a Christmas album so they sent over this song that he co-wrote. It was such a beautiful addition. I knew I wanted to sing it after the first time I listened to it. Of course, we asked him if he wanted to sing it with me. It was such a cool experience.”

“Obviously this year everybody had to find different ways to do things,” she added. “He recorded his part in L.A. and I was here in Nashville. We made it work. I feel like you can’t tell that we’re not in the same room.”

Watch her performance, below.


The Music Video

Furthermore, Legend and Underwood united in person to film the music video for their collaboration. The video is shot in an abandoned church that has snow falling into it paired with a stunning fireplace. Legend is seen playing the piano when Underwood joins him to belt out the tune. Moreover, the video flashes back and forth between the present, them performing, and people flocking to the church with candles and praying in the pews. Finally, the video concludes with the church bells ringing and an empty church.

Her collaboration with Legend isn’t the only duet on her record. She also collaborated with her 5-year-old son, Isaiah, for a cover of “Little Drummer Boy.”