I’m willing to go out on a limb and say Carrie Underwood’s vocal performance on the old hymn “How Great Thou Art” is the best I’ve ever heard.
I mean, who can really hold a candle to it? Carrie absolutely blows it out of the water.
She first performed it live back on the ACM: Girls Night Out show in 2011 with Vince Gill, and it’s still one of the best live performances I’ve ever seen in my life. If you don’t get goosebumps watching her sing this, you might wanna check your pulse.
It was also included on her 2014 Greatest Hits: Decade No. 1 album, and more recently she recorded it for her gospel album My Savior, which of course, is unbelievably spectacular.
The original hymn was written in 1885 by Swedish preacher Carl Boberg and is one if, if not the, most recognizable church hymns of all time. Not surprisingly, tons of other artists have covered the song since it was written over 135 years ago, like Elvis,Alan Jackson, and even John Mayer back in 2019.
But, no one can do it justice quite like Carrie. When she hits those last lines at the end and absolutely belts it… seriously, how is she even human?
Of her experience when she first wowed us all singing alongside Vince Gill, she says:
“When I got to perform “How Great Thou Art” with Vince Gill, I get into things sometimes, and I forget there’s an audience sitting in front of me. I’m sure Vince is the same way…
So it was just kind of one of those moments on stage that was otherworldly, like I don’t even know a real word that I could use to describe it. To see the reaction that it got afterwards was such an amazing experience.”
Same, Carrie. Same.
Get some tissues and relive the show-stopping performance: