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Underwood, Clark release holiday discs, Smith returns

Friday, September 25, 2020 – The Christmas season has started – at least when it comes to musical fare of the season. Carrie Underwood and Terri Clark are both out with holiday CDs today.

Underwood, releases her first-ever Christmas album, "My Gift." The 11-song set is a combination of traditional favorites celebrating the spiritual nature of the holiday, as well as several originals. Two of the new original songs were written by Underwood, frequent collaborator Brett James ("Jesus, Take the Wheel," "Something In The Water") and her "Cry Pretty "co-producer, David Garcia. Underwood's five-year-old son, Isaiah Fisher, makes his debut on the holiday classic that inspired the album title, "Little Drummer Boy." "My Gift" also features her first collaboration with John Legend on the original track, "Hallelujah," written by Legend and Toby Gad ("All of Me"). d

Clark is out with a 10-song collection, "It's Christmas...Cheer!" that tends to veer towards the non-religious side of the season. Among the selections are "Jingle Bells, "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)," "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "Winter Wonderland." Clark gets help from Dierks Bentley on "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!," Vince Gill on "Silent Night" and Ricky Skaggs on "Cowboy Christmas."

Justin Moore goes the live route with "Live at the Ryman." In May 2018, Moore performed his first-ever headline show at the Ryman Auditorium — and his first in Nashville since 2000.

Filmore – that's his surname – is out with his debut, "State I'm In," on Curb. He moved to Nashville in 2011 and has released several independent EPs. The 18-song collection combines country with pop and electronic elements and features a number of unreleased tracks including upcoming radio single, "Nothing's Better."

Granger Smith returns to action with "Country Things, Vol. 1," an eight-song collection. This is Smith's first release since the passing of his three-year-old son, River , in a pool accident last year . Among the songs is "Country and Ya Know It," featuring Earl Dibbles Jr., which is Smith's alter ego. The first volume of the album from the born-and-bred Texan initially started in early 2019. Smith was writing and creating and prepping for his 10th studio album when the passing of River ended those plans. Smith decided to let his music do the healing.

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