Jesus, Take the Wheel
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|"Jesus, Take the Wheel"|
|Single by Carrie Underwood|
|from the album Some Hearts|
|Released||October 3, 2005 (U.S.)|
|Writer(s)||Hillary Lindsey, Gordie Sampson, Brett James|
|Certification||2× Platinum (RIAA)
|Carrie Underwood singles chronology|
"Jesus, Take the Wheel" is a song written by Brett James, Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson, and recorded by American country music artist Carrie Underwood. It was released in October 2005 as the first single from Underwood's debut album Some Hearts. The ballad tells of a woman seeking help from Jesus in an emergency, ultimately letting Jesus take control of her life.
The Country-Christian song became a crossover hit, spending six consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs, peaking at number four on the Billboard Hot Christian Songs chart and charting high on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. It also became a top twenty hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
"Jesus, Take the Wheel" won Grammys for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song, and it won Single of the Year at the 2005 Academy of Country Music Awards. The song ranked number four on CMT's 40 Greatest Songs of the Decade.
The song tells the story of a young mother who lives a hectic life. On a late-night Christmas Eve drive on a snow-covered road on her way to Cincinnati, Ohio, the woman begins sorting out her emotions and bemoans not having enough time to do the things that really matter. Then, her car hits a patch of black ice, causing the woman to lose control of her car. She panics, takes her hands off the steering wheel and cries out to Jesus; shortly thereafter, the car stops spinning and safely stops on the shoulder. After taking stock of the situation (and seeing that her baby has remained fast asleep in the rear seat), the woman decides to let "Jesus take the wheel" of her life.
On May 23, 2006, she again sang it at the 41st annual Academy of Country Music Awards, where she won the Single of the Year Award for the song.
On April 2006, she sang it on the CMT Awards, where "Jesus, Take The Wheel" won two major awards, Breakthrough Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year.
During her Carrie Underwood: Live in Concert tour, she performed this song with other tracks on her debut album.
The music video features Underwood singing in various backgrounds such as, a living room, through shelves, standing by a wall, and sitting in a chair. A woman, a young couple, and an older couple are all shown through the video trying to ease a baby, fighting over bills and making up, and trying to feed his wife respectively.
Underwood has stated that her favorite part of the video is when the old woman puts her hand on her husband's.
Charts and certifications
The song debuted at number 39 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and eventually spent six weeks as number one. It proved to be a crossover hit, eventually making it to number twenty on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and selling around 2,450,000 digital downloads.
In August 2008, "Jesus, Take the Wheel" was reported to have been sold more than 1 million ringtones and was certified Platinum, making Underwood the first country artist ever to have two songs hit Platinum Mastertone status.
As of November 2015, it has sold 2,450,000 copies in the US.
Awards and nominations
|2006||Academy of Country Music||Single of the Year||Won|
|2006||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2006||Country Music Association Awards||Music Video of the Year||Nominated|
|2006||Single of the Year||Nominated|
|2006||Canadian Country Music Awards||SOCAN Song of the Year||Won|
|2006||CMT Music Awards||Female Video of the Year||Won|
|2006||Breakthrough Video of the Year||Won|
|2006||Gospel Music Association||Country Song of the Year||Won|
|2007||Grammy Awards||Best Female Country Vocal Performance||Won|
|2007||Song of the Year||Nominated|
|2007||Best Country Song||Won|
Covers and parody
- 2007: on April 17, American Idol season six contestant LaKisha Jones performed this song during the "Country" theme week
- 2009: on March 17, American Idol season eight contestant Danny Gokey covered the song during the Grand Ole Opry week.
- 2011: on April 4, Vince Gill sang it during ACM Girls Night Out.
- 2011: on June 14, Jeff Jenkins performed the song on the first season of The Voice
- 2012: on March 28, American Idol season 11 contestant Hollie Cavanagh performed the song on the show during the "Personal Idol" theme week
- 2013: on April 30, Danielle Bradbery performed the song on The Voice
- 2013: Comedian Tim Hawkins parodies it as "Cletus, Take the Reel" on his album Greatest Hits & Greatest Bits
- 2015: on November 2, Shelby Brown sang it in the knockout round song choice selection on The Voice season nine
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