On This Day: Carrie Underwood’s ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’ Goes #1 in 2006

by Kayla Zadel
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“Jesus, Take the Wheel” is one of Carrie Underwood’s iconic songs and the first of many record-setting songs. It spent six weeks at the No. 1 position.

Underwood’s track even earned a spot in the Billboard Hot Christian Songs and Adult Contemporary chart. It’s been certified platinum three times. As a matter of fact, the awards just keep on comin’. The ballad won a Grammy Award for Best Country Song, and Underwood picked one up for Best Female Country Vocal Performance.

“Jesus, Take the Wheel is written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey, and Gordie Sampson. The song is Carrie Underwood’s first-ever single off her debut album Some Hearts. Additionally, this song remains on Underwood’s setlist for her concert tours.

More on Carrie Underwood’s First Record-Setting Single

This song, “Jesus, Take the Wheel” was released in Oct. 2005 and it went on to change the “American Idol” alum’s life. The single tells the story of a woman that’s literally, and figuratively, traveling down a road. Her car starts skidding after hitting a patch of black ice while driving.

“She was going way too fast / Before she knew it she was spinning on a thin black sheet of glass / She saw both their lives flash before her eyes / She didn’t even have time to cry / She was so scared / She threw her hands up in the air,” part of the first verse reads.

Furthermore, the woman “throws up her hands” and starts praying that she and her child are safe. The song continues to tell the story about how the woman knows she needs to change the way she’s been living her life.

Carrie Continues Down Religious Path, Now Released Gospel Album

Carrie Underwood grew up in a Baptist church and is now a practicing Christian. She’s made it known that she and her husband, Mike Fisher, are raising their children to know faith. So it makes sense that now, the mega-star is releasing a gospel album, My Savior.

The Oklahoma-native tweets that she has always hoped to release an album of her favorite gospel music. Church hymns were the first songs she ever sang in public, she recalls. 

Underwood is releasing the album this year on March 26. She wants it to come out around Easter time.

“The songs on this album are literally songs I’ve heard since birth,” she said in a trailer for the album. “ (They’re) familiar. These songs are like a warm hug.”

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