Carrie Underwood Is a Literal Christmas Angel In the ‘Hallelujah’ Music Video with John Legend

“This song and its message is much needed right now,” Underwood says.


Lauren Jo Black

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November 19, 2020


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Carrie Underwood and John Legend’s “Hallelujah” music video is here and it’s a visual masterpiece.

The stunning clip opens with Legend arriving at what appears to be an abandoned church. He goes on to light a fire, remove his jacket and take a seat at a grand piano as church bells ring in the distance. As Legend beings to play, Underwood is seen walking through a snowy forest and eventually makes her way to join Legend at the deserted church.

Legend and Underwood go on to perform their duet side by side, however, it appears as if Underwood is actually an illusion, or in this case, a literal Christmas angel. The way the light hits her and the way she disappears at the end lead viewers to believe that she and Legend may not really be there after all.

Click HERE to watch the angelic music video.

“Hallelujah” was written by John Stephens (aka John Legend) and Toby Gad. The song made its way to Underwood when she was also “deep” into the album-making process for her first-ever full-length Christmas project, My Gift.

“He sent it to us kind of at the end,” recently recalled during an appearance on Today’s Country Radio With Kelleigh Bannen on Apple Music Country.

She loved the song so much that she was inspired to re-work the track list to make room.

“It was like, ‘Well, I love the song. I feel like this is a puzzle piece I didn’t know was missing, but now that I’ve heard it, I have to have it,’” she explains. “And so we just put the ask back, ‘Thank you for sending, do you want to sing a part with me, too?’”

It wasn’t originally pitched to her as a duet, she says.

“It was never brought up, like, ‘Hey, here’s the song if Carrie wants to sing it with me.’ It was like, ‘Here’s the song if you want it,’” she adds, “I hope they were hoping I’d ask.”

Underwood will soon bring her Christmas album to life with her very own holiday special, My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood, which will be available to stream Thursday, December 3 on HBO Max.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.