Carrie Underwood Explains Love for Christmas Carol ‘Little Drummer Boy’ and Giving the Gift of Music

by Suzanne Halliburton

When Carrie Underwood picked out her favorite Christmas carols for her new holiday album and special, one of the songs was particularly sentimental.

It’s “Little Drummer Boy.” And her version of it on her new album “My Gift” is a family affair. Son Isaiah joined her for a duet.

Why the song? Underwood said it’s the story the lyrics tell, with the soft, steady sounds of a drumbeat serving as the backdrop.

Underwood recently told Guideposts about her love for the “Little Drummer Boy.”

She said: “It’s always been one of my favorite carols—“Little Drummer Boy.” You know the story. He wants to bring a gift to baby Jesus, but he’s poor. He doesn’t have shiny, pretty, special things as the wise men do, with their gold, frankincense and myrrh.

“What can he give the newborn king? He turns to the one thing he knows he can do, the thing he does best. Play his drum. That’s the gift he gives to Jesus. The gift of music.”

Obviously, Underwood shares these same musical gifts. She’s tried to share them with her two young sons.

“I’ve had that gift (of music) as far back as I can remember, bursting into song at the drop of a hat, something that made me happy and others too. Like lots of kids. My kids, for instance. Our older son, Isaiah, was only a toddler when I’d sing to him, ‘Jesus Loves Me‘, this I know,” in his car seat and he’d sing right back, “Yes, Jesus loves me.” Almost before he could talk, he was singing.”

Carrie Underwood Christmas Special Will Be Available on HBO Max

Underwood’s special “My Gift: A Christmas Special from Carrie Underwood” is available on HBO Max for streaming starting Thursday.

It sounds musically lush.

A band and live orchestra will accompany Underwood as she sings her favorite carols.

She and John Legend also will perform “Hallelujah.”

And, part of the special will offer a glimpse of she and Isaiah recording the “Little Drummer Boy.”

Isaiah already is drawing some terrific reviews.

People magazine, in its album review, said: “His heroic efforts on the “pa-rum-pum-pum-pums” will leave you in “awww!”