OFFSTAGE: Carrie Underwood Doesn’t Have a Jesus Quota

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If you’ve heard Carrie Underwood’s new song “See You Again,” you know it’s yet another reminder that her faith is strong. In People magazine’s new country special issue, she talked about the day she wrote it with David Hodges and Hillary Lindsey. “Everybody in the room — myself, Hillary and David — believes there is something greater out there, so we wanted this positive, comforting message,” Underwood said. While the song is about saying goodbye, they tried to portray it in a happy way. And she does try to make her faith a theme throughout her albums, but not in a calculated way. “It’s not a conscious effort, like, ’I need this many Jesus songs on my album!’ but it fills a gap for me,” she said. “Songs like this will mean a lot even after I’m gone.” So while Underwood doesn’t have a quota to fill, per se, I think her approach so far — with “Jesus, Take the Wheel” in 2005, “So Small” in 2007, “Temporary Home” in 2009 and now this new one — keeps that faith alive.

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.