This is exactly the type of post that Scott would have posted. And yet, here I am, unapologetically posting country gospel.
Look, let's get it out of the way. It's a pretty straight-forward modern country song, with pretty blatant Christian overtones. It's about a woman praying she doesn't die when she hits a patch of black ice. Moreover, it's a song that demands a broad vocal range.
This song was American Idol winner Carrie Underwood's first Country #1 hit song (she would go on to have 15, so far). It also crossed over and became a Top 5 Christian hit (a chart she would later top, twice), and a top twenty POP hit - a chart she had previously topped with her debut single. This was her 2nd single.
And yeah, it won several awards, including two Grammys.
To call this song influential and important is not hyperbole. It set the direction of Underwood's music, away from the pop idol sphere in which Simon Cowell's greatest creation usually played, and it established her as a leading cross-genre artist for a generation.
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