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EXCLUSIVE: HBO Max has set a holiday special starring 7-time Grammy winner Carrie Underwood, who’ll perform songs from her first Christmas album, My Gift. That album drops on CD and digital September 25. The streamer will premiere the event this holiday season, and Underwood will be backed on those songs and other holiday standards by a live orchestra and choir. The special is exec produced by Playtone’s Gary Goetzman and Tom Hanks, along with Underwood and her manager, Ann Edelblute.
The special grew out of Underwood’s bold performance when she and other singers teamed for a rousing tribute to inductee Linda Ronstadt at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which is exec produced each year by Playtone. The holiday event is set to shoot this fall.
“Carrie Underwood is a multi-faceted talent and we are thrilled to be partnering with her and our friends at Playtone to bring a dose of holiday cheer,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max.
“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,” said Carrie Underwood. “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.”
Since winning American Idol in 2005, Underwood has become a top Country hitmaker who has seen all seven of her albums go platinum. Among other accomplishments, she has become a bestselling author, and starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s 2013 live Emmy-winning performance of The Sound Of Music Live.