Seven-time Grammy Award winner and three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year Carrie Underwood has recorded her first-ever gospel live performance DVD, “My Savior: LIVE From The Ryman.” The DVD will be released internationally on July 23 by Gaither Music Group in partnership with Capitol Records Nashville with distribution by Capitol Christian Music Group/Universal.
Filmed at the celebrated Ryman Auditorium, known around the world as “The Mother Church of Country Music,” the country music superstar brings her best-selling, critically acclaimed studio album “My Savior” (Capitol Records Nashville) to life on the legendary stage with performances of traditional gospel hymns Underwood grew up singing, such as “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”
She said, “This is an album I have always wanted to record and I’m thrilled to be able to bring these uplifting, inspirational songs to life in this special way.”
Other highlights of the Ryman concert include a duet with CeCe Winans, the best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, on the classic hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” Singer/songwriter Bear Rinehart, frontman of the rock band, NEEDTOBREATHE, also makes a special appearance, joining Underwood to sing on another traditional hymn, “Nothing But The Blood Of Jesus.” Southern gospel and harmonica legend Buddy Greene and 10-time CMA Musician of the Year Mac McAnally, both of whom played on the album, also appear with Underwood. The DVD also features the time-honored classics “Because He Lives,” “Just As I Am,” “Victory In Jesus,” “The Old Rugged Cross” and “Softly And Tenderly.”
“My Savior: LIVE From The Ryman,” a virtual live concert performance from the iconic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, streamed live globally on Facebook on Easter Sunday, raising over $112,000 for Save the Children. Additionally, on July 23, a TV special featuring performances from the “My Savior: LIVE From The Ryman DVD” will air on networks including PBS, DIRECTV, DISH TV, Circle TV, TBN, RFD-TV and more; and it will air in Canada on The Miracle Channel, Vision TV, Hope TV and CTS (Crossroads). The special will also air on GAITHERTV (Roku/Apple/Amazon) and on the Gaither TV YouTube Channel for a limited time beginning July 23.
Preorders of the “My Savior: LIVE From The Ryman DVD” bundled with the “My Savior” CD will begin on June 14 at Amazon, Walmart, Target and other national retailers, in addition to www.gaither.com.
Underwood is a true multiformat, multimedia superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, film, and as a New York Times bestselling author and successful entrepreneur. She has sold more than 64 million records worldwide, recorded 27 No. 1 singles (14 of which she co-wrote), and has seven albums that are certified Platinum or multi-Platinum by the RIAA, all while continuing to sell out arena tours across North America and the U.K. She recently announced her first-ever residency, “REFLECTION: The Las Vegas Residency,” at The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, which will begin Dec. 1.
One of the largest independent Christian music companies in the world and a household name for millions of fans, Gaither Music Group, in partnership with Primary Wave Music Publishing, is known worldwide for its award-winning and top-selling recordings, including the “Gaither Gospel Series,” of which 133 products have been certified Gold, Platinum or multi-Platinum. These recordings, which encompass more than 177 video copyrights, showcase gospel music pioneers; many of the finest performers in the gospel and country genres; up-and-coming acts; and country artists including The Oak Ridge Boys, Jimmy Fortune, Joey+Rory, Alabama, Alan Jackson, The Statler Brothers, George Jones, Vince Gill, Josh Turner, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and The Isaacs. The brand has partnered with Sandi Patty, Gloria Gaynor, Steven Curtis Chapman and a host of acclaimed talents from various fields of music.
Gaither Music Group has garnered sales of more than 40 million DVDs and CDs, including such PBS stalwarts as “Billy Graham: God’s Ambassador,” the only authorized video autobiography of Graham; “The Gospel Music of Johnny Cash”; and three Elvis Presley projects, including “He Touched Me” and “The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley,” in conjunction with the Elvis Presley Estate. The company developed a partnership with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in 2008; and its alliances with Capitol Christian Music Group, Universal Music Group and Time Life Music remain bedrocks for the company.