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It’s been more than a decade since Carrie Underwood made her formal debut as a country star with the No. 1 hit “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” The song instantly established Carrie as a singing star beyond the show that made her famous, “American Idol.” It was also a bold declaration of Carrie’s faith.


Fast-forward to 2016, and Carrie is singing “Jesus, Take the Wheel” with more conviction than ever.

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In this acoustic performance from a recent party honoring Carrie for her latest No. 1 hits, Carrie closed out the set with the song that put her on the map. That’s two of the song’s co-writers, Hillary Lindsey and Brett James, sitting beside Carrie and taking a few lines of the song.

No matter how big her career may get, it’s hard to top the success Carrie experienced right off the bat with “Jesus, Take the Wheel.” It spent six consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the “Billboard” Hot Country Songs chart and won two Grammy Awards, including a Best Country Vocal Performance win for Carrie.

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Before this performance of “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” Carrie accepted a ton of plaques and awards commemorating her two most recent No. 1 hits, “Church Bells” and “Heartbeat.” The first thing she said in her acceptance speech was, “God is good.” She then went on to thank Him for allowing her to get to make music for a living.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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