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“Lord Help Me” is one of those songs that makes you love country music. And just as it would’ve been perfect for Carrie Underwood — who co-wrote the song with Ashley Monroe and Katrina Elam — it’s perfect for newcomer Rachel Holder , who is releasing it to country radio within the next week, so I thought I’d get a little back story on it and, most importantly, find out why Underwood didn’t hang onto it for herself.
“I have no idea why Carrie didn’t release it. It’s so good,” Holder told me. “I first heard Katrina’s version. Then I heard Carrie’s demo with just her vocal and a guitar. I think that version must’ve been from their songwriting session. And I knew there was really something there. But I didn’t know for sure that Carrie had actually written it until after I’d recorded mine. So when I was singing it, I put my own spin on it. Even though the song has a Carrie feel to it, I was thinking about my own path and my own problems with guys.”
But don’t let the title fool you. This song is not a straight-up Christian one. There are lyrics about the Lord and a heavenly mess, but it is more about falling in and out of love. Holder will probably experience that a few more times before she finds the one. In the meantime, she says she’s just following God’s path. “I really believe that God put me on this path for a reason. He led me this whole way,” she said. “God drives my bus and takes me where I’m supposed to go.”