Carrie Underwood Sings With 5-Year-Old Son Isaiah for ‘My Gift’ Christmas Special

Carrie Underwood is gifting fans with some serious Christmas cuteness. The celebrated songstress decided to turn to her adorable son to sing a duet on her new album, My Gift — and the recording is featured in her new streaming TV special.

Underwood took to Instagram on Tuesday to share a sweet snapshot of showing her singing with her 5-year-old son Isaiah as part of her new My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood, which dropped on HBO Max on Thursday.

“So happy we captured the sweetest voice in this special moment in time,” Underwood wrote alongside the photo of herself and Isaiah recording their duet. The celebrated country crooner shares Isaiah with husband Mike Fisher, as well as 1-year-old son Jacob.

“My own Little Drummer Boy will be a part of the #MyGift Christmas Special beginning this Thursday on @hbomax! #MyGiftHBOMax 🥁🎁✨” Underwood added in the caption.

The adorable nickname is clearly appropriate given their duet is “The Little Drummer Boy,” which Underwood recently told USA Today is “a central song” on My Gift.

“Thinking about what would make it special, I have a very special duet partner, my son Isaiah. He loves to sing,” she shared. “I just thought his sweet little voice would sound perfect.”

Apart from her collaboration with her son, Underwood also performs a duet with John Legend as part of the album and the TV special.

Together, the two perform a stunning rendition of “Hallelujah,” as Legend plays the piano and an angelic Underwood joins him in belting out the emotional, stirring tune.

ET’s Rachel Smith spoke with Underwood in October, and the songstress excitedly reflected on her collaboration with her little boy as part of the holiday album, which dropped in September.

“He loves to sing…and he has such a giving, loving heart about him and I could just hear his voice on it,” she told ET, explaining how at first she didn’t know if he would want to do it. “So he goes in there and he just gave it his all and it’s so pure and it’s so special and he’s throwing his hands in the air and just so expressive when he was singing it.”

“I was so proud of him, just for giving it his all and the love in his heart because he does love Jesus,” she continued. “At 5 years old he knows, and he was giving all the love. I’m very proud of him.”

My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood is available on HBO Max now.

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Carrie Underwood’s ‘Gift’ to Fans: Creating ‘Light in a Dark Year’ With New Christmas Album & Special

Fans can see her perform “Hallelujah” with Legend, as well as other holiday treats on her HBO Max special My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood, premiering Thursday. She’ll also reveal behind-the-scenes moments during the recording process of “Little Drummer Boy” with her 5-year-old son Isaiah to spread much-needed holiday cheer from her family to others.

“I really hope people watch it and just feel at peace. It’s the kind of thing that you can watch with your family. Hopefully, people sing along with me on their couches and just get a sense of hope and peace and love and joy and all of the good things that are about Christmas,” Underwood tells Billboard via a phone interview.

“Silent Night” and “Hallelujah” from your album are among the top five most-streamed holiday songs this year. Why do you think your fans have particularly gravitated to those songs from your Christmas album?

You never know how people are going to react when you record something or write something or whatever it is. You just kind of throw it all out there and just see. But I think with “Hallelujah,” it’s just a beautiful song. It covers a lot of ground in Christmas song land. It’s got some spiritual aspects to it, it’s got kind of this love story thing to it, it’s got all of the tactile [elements] … winter’s chill, candles. It paints the scene really well, so it kind of puts you into that time of year. And I’m glad to see people are digging what we’re doing.

Your HBO Max special is officially being unwrapped this week. What’s the most heartfelt moment you’re looking forward to fans seeing as you perform your original and traditional Christmas carols?

We went about this whole special just wanting it to be beautiful and timeless. And the way it’s shot, the scenes that are created around me, are just that. I got the chance to watch it back in a theater and sit there — it was just four or five of us watching everything. And I was singing — not literally, but with my body, like tensing up singing every note with myself, and just the way it’s shot is just beautiful. I really hope people watch it and just feel at peace.

How did it feel recording “Little Drummer Boy” with your 5-year-old son Isaiah, who made his Billboard chart debut with the track?

It was so great. He came in, I asked him if he might want to do it. I definitely wanted it to be his choice and didn’t want to force him into it or make it feel like work or anything like that. And he, at 5 years old, I feel like has just such a heart for the Lord. He is so compassionate and so sweet and so giving and so loving. He is what I think of when I think of the “Little Drummer Boy.” So I asked him if he wanted to

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Creating ‘Light in a Dark Year’ With New Christmas Album & Special

The Christmas tiding of “peace on earth” can’t ring loudly enough in 2020. From the deadly COVID-19 pandemic to Black Lives Matter protests calling for racial justice, peace has been in short supply. Carrie Underwood is hoping to “create light in a dark year” through her holiday album and TV special. 

Not even the acclaimed Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey lets her Lambs sing her No. 1 holiday staple “All I Want for Christmas Is You” until Nov. 1. But on Sept. 25, Underwood delivered a special early present: her first full-length Christmas album, My Gift, which  contained 11 traditional and original jingles. My Giftdebuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart (dated Oct. 1), bestowing the country singer her eighth consecutive No. 1 album on the tally.

Not only did My Gift kickstart Christmas early, but it spawned two of the top five new streaming holiday songs of the year, through Nov. 26, according to MRC Data/Nielsen Music, with “Silent Night” at No. 3 (6.3 million on-demand streams) and “Hallelujah,” featuring John Legend, at No. 5 (4.1 million). “Favorite Time of Year,” which is streaming exclusively on Amazon and appears as an extra on the album, comes in at No. 4 (5.9 million).

Fans can see her perform “Hallelujah” with Legend, as well as other holiday treats on her HBO Max special My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood, premiering Thursday. She’ll also reveal behind-the-scenes moments during the recording process of “Little Drummer Boy” with her 5-year-old son Isaiah to spread much-needed holiday cheer from her family to others.

“I really hope people watch it and just feel at peace. It’s the kind of thing that you can watch with your family. Hopefully, people sing along with me on their couches and just get a sense of hope and peace and love and joy and all of the good things that are about Christmas,” Underwood tells Billboard via a phone interview.

“Silent Night” and “Hallelujah” from your album are among the top five most-streamed holiday songs this year. Why do you think your fans have particularly gravitated to those songs from your Christmas album?

You never know how people are going to react when you record something or write something or whatever it is. You just kind of throw it all out there and just see. But I think with “Hallelujah,” it’s just a beautiful song. It covers a lot of ground in Christmas song land. It’s got some spiritual aspects to it, it’s got kind of this love story thing to it, it’s got all of the tactile [elements] … winter’s chill, candles. It paints the scene really well, so it kind of puts you into that time of year. And I’m glad to see people are digging what we’re doing.

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Carrie Underwood Drops Trailer for My Gift Christmas Special ‘Full of So Much Love’

Carrie Underwood is giving us the gift of music this Christmas!

On Monday, the country queen, 37, released the trailer for her My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood  — featuring all the gowns, vocals and special performances a fan of Christmas carols could ask for. The special is set to drop on Dec. 3 via HBO Max.



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“For Christmas, I feel like it was always about just us being together more than anything,” she says in the clip. “I wanted to make this album full of so much love and so much art. I can’t wait for everyone to see it!”

The new special includes renditions of some of the holiday classics and Christmas originals on her album My Gift, which released in late September.

“Every time I’m on stage, it’s a gift for me to sing,” she says in the video.

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The special will also include a collaboration with none other than John Legend for a live performance of their song, “Hallelujah.” (Legend, 31, plays the piano with Underwood in the trailer.)

“I’m doing a song with John Legend and it’s just been a wonderful experience all the way through,” she says, before adding, “To be able to sing these songs from this beautiful set really just felt amazing.”

The trailer will feature her band, a live orchestra and choir conducted by Rickey Minor. It’ll also give a look at Underwood’s recording of “Little Drummer Boy” with her 5-year-old son Isaiah.

“When I first heard it back I was laughing and crying at the same time because it was just this beautiful, pure moment from him,” Underwood told PEOPLE (the TV show!) in October.



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“He did such a great job,” she added. “He remembered the lyrics and he sang it with his whole heart.”

The Christmas special trailer comes more than a week after she and Legend released the music video for the Legend-penned original.

“This song and its message is much needed right now and I’m honored to have it on my Christmas album, My Gift,” Underwood said about the track in a teaser clip. “I hope you like it.”

My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood premieres on Dec. 3 on HBO Max.

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Carrie Underwood kicks off the season with My Gift: A Christmas Special trailer

Carrie Underwood is giving her fans a double dose of holiday cheer as the year 2020, and all of its trials and tribulations, winds down. 

On Monday, the superstar singer and HBO Max offered a taste of her upcoming musical special with the release of the official trailer for My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood.

The American Idol season four winner will perform every song from her first ever full-length Christmas album, that dropped in September, along with some old and traditional classics, during the spectacular HBO Max Christmas.    

Tis’ the season: The official trailer dropped for My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood dropped on Monday, November 30
Holiday cheer! Underwood, 37, will singing her new Christmas album, My Gift, in its entirety along with some new original songs during the HBO max special

‘Join me beginning Dec 3 as I bring the music from #MyGift to life by performing the entire album with a full orchestra, choir, and a few surprises, on my new #hbomax Christmas special,’ she shared in her social media posts for the trailer. 

‘I’m so proud of how this turned out and cannot wait for you to see it! #MyGiftHBOMax.’

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The Amazon release of her latest album contains eight traditional songs and four new compositions: three co-written by Underwood and another original penned by John Legend and Toby Gad.   

Full range: The seven-time Grammy winner will have a full orchestra and choir for the musical special that will also include some very special guests
Holiday gift: My Gift is the Oklahoma native’s first ever full-length Christmas album
Fashion fest: Underwood will be decked out in a number of stunning outfits throughout the holiday special
New original: The American Idol season four winner will perform one of her new singles chalk full of Christmas spirit: Favorite Time of Year

‘For Christmas, I felt like it was also about just us being together. So, more than anything, I wanted to make this album full of love and full of so much heart,’ Underwood said during the narration for the trailer

‘And we wanted to bring it to life in a visual way. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.’ 

She went on to add, ‘Ever time I’m on stage it’s a gift for me to get to sing,’ before revealing that she will be doing a duet with Legend singing — Hallelujah. 

‘I’m doing a song with John legend, and it’s been such a wonderful experience the whole way through,’ she confessed. ‘To be able to sing these songs, on a beautiful set, it just really felt amazing.’

Viewers will also get to see and hear a behind-the-scenes look of Underwood recording the classic  Little Drummer Boy with her five-year-old son Isaiah. 

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Carrie Underwood Drops Trailer for Her ‘My Gift’ Holiday Special

Carrie Underwood confirmed on Thursday (Sept. 24) that’s she’s about to get into the spirit of the season with her first-ever holiday special.

The country star will be starring in the HBO Max special on Dec. 3 to celebrate the release of her upcoming holiday album, My Gift, which is set to be released Sept. 25 via Capitol Records Nashville. The album has already been preceded by gospel-tinged original “Let There Be Peace.”

During the special, the American Idol champ will perform with a live orchestra and backing choir, belting out a variety of traditional holiday hymns along with more original songs off her LP.

“The journey of writing and recording this album started last year when I finished my tour and we could have never anticipated the circumstances we would be in this year,” Underwood said in a statement about the upcoming program. “Creating this album has been good for my heart, and I’m thrilled to get to share it with the world and to bring it to life with Playtone and HBO Max.”

In September, the singer made history by tying with Thomas Rhett for entertainer of the year at the 2020 Academy of Country Music Awards, becoming the first and only female artist to win the prestigious award three times. Meanwhile, her most recent country album, 2018’s Cry Pretty, just rang in its second anniversary.

Check out the My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood trailer below.

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Daisuke Takahashi begins ice dance career in ‘very special’ fashion

Daisuke Takahashi, an Olympic medalist and world champion in singles figure skating, began what he hopes is a run to a first Olympics in ice dance on Friday.



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Takahashi, 34, and partner Kana Muramoto shook their heads in unison in acknowledgement, if not approval, after tallying 64.15 points for the rhythm dance at NHK Trophy in Osaka.

They placed second in a competition that also included Japan’s top two ice dance couples from last season.

Full results are here.

The men’s and women’s free skates and the free dance are Saturday, streaming live and on demand on Peacock Premium. A full TV and streaming schedule is here.

“It is very special to perform for a live audience,” Takahashi said, according to the International Skating Union. “Not everything was the way we hoped and it was not a 100 percent, but the rhythm dance was good. I did not realize how difficult ice dance is. So hat off to all ice dancers.”

Muramoto, a 2018 Olympian, and Takahashi performed to music from the 1994 film “The Mask” in a program they began working on in September — a short amount of time, especially for a couple that began working together in January. And for Takahashi, who spent nearly a decade performing at the top international level in singles.

Muramoto and Takahashi set a goal to qualify for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, which would make him the first skater to make Olympic teams in singles and ice dance as medal sports.

Their coach, Florida-based Marina Zoueva, said before NHK that they have the potential to qualify for this season’s world championships. To do that, they likely must win the Japanese Championships next month.

Also Friday, Kaori Sakamoto topped the women’s short program with 75.60 points. Sakamoto, sixth in PyeongChang, skated a clean program that included a triple flip-triple toe loop combination. She distanced Wakaba Higuchi by 5.89 points.

Yuma Kagiyama, the 17-year-old world junior silver medalist, led the men’s short with a pair of quadruple jumps and 87.26 points, despite popping an Axel.

Top Japanese singles skaters Yuzuru HanyuShoma UnoRika Kihira and Satoko Miyahara are sitting out the competition, which is mostly Japanese skaters due to coronavirus pandemic-related travel measures.

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‘Women of Worth’ special honors those devoting their lives to helping others | How to watch, live stream, TV channel, time

L’Oréal Paris and NBC honor remarkable women whose work is paving the way to a brighter future in a one-hour Women of Worth special tonight, Nov. 25, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. You can also stream it on FuboTV and Hulu.

Join Eva Longoria, Elle Fanning, Aja Naomi King, Camila Cabello and other A-list stars to pay tribute to 10 inspirational women who channel their diverse backgrounds and experiences into a common passion for improving the lives of those in underserved communities. Their altruistic causes range from providing immigrants with free health care to stamping out revenge porn to providing prosthetics to young athletes who have lost limbs.

L’Oréal Paris is donating $10,000 to each of the nonprofit groups associated with the women being honored. Viewers can learn more about each honoree’s work by watching the special and then vote for the cause that moves them most. The winner of the Women of Worth program, now in its 15th year, will receive $25,000 for their nonprofit organization. To date, L’Oréal Paris has contributed more $1.8 million to Women of Worth honorees’ causes.

“This year has given us a greater appreciation and respect for those who dedicate their lives to serving their communities,” said Ali Goldstein, L’Oréal Paris USA president, in a statement. “That’s why it’s more important than ever that the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth platform continue to shine a spotlight on the tenacity and courage of women who are tackling injustice and channeling painful experiences into something truly beautiful and worthy.”

What channel is NBC on?

You can find which channel NBC is on by using the channel finders here: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV and Dish.

Where can I watch Women of Worth if I don’t have cable?

You can live stream it on FuboTV (7-day free trial, then $59.99/month), a streaming service that offers access to popular TV shows, live sports events and more. You can also watch Women of Worth on Hulu, a streaming service that offers exclusive series, hit movies, Hulu Originals, kids’ shows and more starting at $5.99/month.

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Black-owned shops hosting special holiday shopping weekend

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ALBANY — A group of local organizations are sponsoring a four-day Thanksgiving weekend shopping program in downtown Albany that will benefit Black-owned businesses and Black entrepreneurs in the region.

The event, known as Black Wealth Weekend, is a partnership between the Albany nonprofit called A Village along with Siena College and FlagshipUltra, an Albany marketing firm.

The event will include in-person shopping at A Village’s new showroom at 347 South Pearl St. on Friday, Sunday and Monday and on Saturday at what’s known as the Ujaama Market at the Boys & Girls Club at 51 Delaware Ave. along with online shopping through the South End Market’s social media pages.

The new showroom on South Pearl Street also houses what’s known as Nascent, a new initiative by A Village that is a 10-month training and mentoring program for new business people that grew out of the South End Night Market, which is held Thursday nights on Warren Street in Albany and has attracted 25 vendors.

The Friday event will take place on Black Friday at the South Pearl showroom from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday, which is Small Business Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cyber Monday event will take place at the South Pearl showroom from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“We encourage people to participate in Black Wealth Weekend if they are interested in finding unique gifts for their loved ones and
supporting entrepreneurship in the community,” A Village events manager Kaciem Swain said.

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ITBP equips jawans with special clothing, mountaineering equipment

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New Delhi [India], November 23 (ANI): As the mercury at the Line of Actual Control (LAC) dropped to minus 15 degree Celsius, the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) has equipped its jawans with special clothing and mountaineering equipment (SCME), said SS Deswal, Director General of ITBP on Monday.

In an exclusive interview with ANI, DG Deswal said that all arrangements for the tough winter season have been made in the border areas, and jawans have been equipped with proper uniforms and ration for winter.
“These days, the temperature in Leh is around minus four degrees Celsius, and it is around minus 15 degrees Celsius at the border. Our jawans are equipped with SCME to bear such harsh weather,” he said.
When asked about the situation on Line of Actual Control (LAC), DG said the “Indian security forces are guarding the borders at best of their capabilities.”
“The doctors and paramedical staff also available there to look after the Jawans, and in case of any emergency, there is also the facility to airlift them to Leh for treatment,” he stated further.
Giving an update about ITBP’s plan to increase border outposts (BOP) on all country borders, DG said, “We have identified the locations for new BOPs, and we are in the process of acquiring land from state governments. And hope to establish all new BOP by next year-end. Dozens of BOPs will be ready in Arunachal Pradesh.” (ANI)

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