WATCH: Carrie Underwood Stuns with ‘Mary, Did You Know?’ on ‘CMA Country Christmas’

Seven-time GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood reminded fans of the true meaning of Christmas with an impressive performance of “Mary, Did…


Lauren Jo Black

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November 29, 2021


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Carrie Underwood; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA 1

Seven-time GRAMMY winner Carrie Underwood reminded fans of the true meaning of Christmas with an impressive performance of “Mary, Did You Know?” on CMA Country Christmas on ABC.

Joined by a pianist and guitarist, Underwood, wearing a sparkly emerald dress, gave a stirring rendition of the iconic tune on Monday evening (Nov. 29). The chart-topping hitmaker performed from a beautifully decorated holiday home.

Carrie Underwood; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA
Carrie Underwood; Photo by Hunter Berry, CMA

“I think CMA Country Christmas is just all your favorite artists in one place doing some of your favorite songs, maybe some new songs, and we’re just here to celebrate Christmas and come together to do that, which is something that I think is really cool,” Underwood said prior to her performance.

“I’m performing ‘Mary, Did You Know?.’ It’s kind of a newer Christmas classic. It’s on my album. I recorded it, as many people throughout the years, for my Christmas album, ‘My Gift’ and it’s just stripped down me singing this song, and it’s such a great song to me from a mother’s point of view because imagine Mary having the son of God in her arms and raising him and being a mother, but also it’s the son of God and that just is something that is very profound and something I think about often, so it’s one of my favorites and I hope everybody likes it.”

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Co-written by Mark Lowry & Buddy Greene, “Mary, Did You Know?” is featured on Underwood’s first-ever holiday project, My Gift. The song was originally recorded by Christian recording artist Michael English on his Self-Titled debut solo album in 1991.

Gabby Barrett and Carly Pearce joined forces to co-host CMA Country Christmas, which aired on Monday, November 29 on ABC.

The star-studded show also featured festive performances by Barrett, Pearce, Jimmie Allen with Louis York and The Shindellas, BRELAND, Brett Eldredge, Lady A, Pistol Annies and Lainey Wilson.

Beginning November 30, CMA Country Christmas will be available to watch anytime on demand and available to stream on Hulu.

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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.