When you think of the lyrics, “Jesus, take the wheel / Take it from my hands / ‘Cause I can’t do this on my own / I’m letting go / So give me one more chance / And save me from this road I’m on / Jesus, take the wheel,” of course, you think of Carrie Underwood. Now, just for fun, picture Lady A’s Hillary Scott singing those familiar lines instead.
Does that seem too far-fetched? Well, it almost happened, according to Scott.
TasteofCountry.com is reporting that Scott recently recounted a time before she joined the popular trio and was working on her solo career. The website says the singer had a development deal in Nashville. “Jesus, Take the Wheel” was pitched to her as a possible song for her to record.
Carrie Underwood, Not Hillary Scott, Records ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’
However, Underwood’s star was on the rise and Scott didn’t get a chance to record the song. In fact, Scott never released any songs as part of that development deal, according to the report.
“It was one of my favorites, and then that was all right in the time (Carrie Underwood) was on ‘American Idol,'” Hillary Scott told TasteofCountry.com about “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” “She was a country artist on ‘American Idol,’ which was amazing, and that song really spoke to her.”
Carrie Underwood won the 2005 season of the popular television talent show. “Jesus, Take the Wheel” was the first single Underwood released on her debut album, “Some Hearts.”
The song made it to No. 1 during January 2006 and proved to be an award winner. The song won the ACM Award for Single of the Year and Grammys for Best Country Song and Best Female Country Vocal Performance.
“(Carrie Underwood) goes on to take it and it’s a huge hit and the message of the song is so beautiful,” Hillary Scott also said. “It’s neat to have watched the journey — the journey of that song — because they all have their own.”
Things didn’t turn out too badly for Hillary Scott. In 2006, she joined up with Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley and started Lady A. Since they released their debut album in 2008, they have had very successful country music careers, according to the website.
“Jesus, Take the Wheel” was written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, and Gordie Sampson. You can watch Carrie Underwood’s video for “Jesus, Take the Wheel” below.
Lady A Celebrates Another No. 1 Hit
Hillary Scott and Lady A recently celebrated another No. 1 hit as their song, “Champagne Night” topped the country charts.
“Raisin’ plastic cups to our incredible fans & friends at Country Radio for making ‘Champagne Night’ our 11th #1,” the band posted to Instagram. “Thank you @madelinemerlo for bringing this fun idea to @nbcsongland and @esterdean @ryantedder @shanemcanally for all your creative direction & craft along the way.”
Lady A has managed to land No. 1 hits on the Country Airplay charts in each of the past three decades. That puts them in an exclusive club whose only other member is Blake Shelton. He did it in the 2000s, 2010s, and 2020s with a grand total of 28 Country Airplay chart-toppers.