You might not expect a song co-written by Mariah Carey and featured in a Jim Carrey film to become a country Christmas staple. That being said, Faith Hill’s “Where Are You, Christmas?” is just as likely a Christmas song to be heard on your local country radio station this season as any variation of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”
An adaptation of the Dr. Seuss book of the same name, How the Grinch Stole Christmas was released in 2000. Composers James Horner and Will Jennings wrote the melancholy “Christmas, Why Can’t I Find You?” for the film. Horner and Jennings co-wrote a longer version of the song with Mariah Carey, who also recorded the song. However, due to a legal case pending between Carey and her ex-husband Tommy Mottola, she was unable to release the track. Enter Faith Hill, a bona fide country diva. Her song “Breathe” was a smash hit the year before, made her the natural choice to record the song.
The song, which is about the search for the magic of Christmas beyond childhood and in good times and bad, is a welcome reminder during the holiday season. It makes a mournful carol, but one that is as genuine as a christmas tree.
The official video of the song is on Youtube, but you can watch it below.
The music video has a cameo appearance from Taylor Momsen as Cindy Lou Who, the same character she plays in the movie
This wasn’t the last time Hill’s voice was featured in movie soundtracks, though. The following year, she contributed to the Pearl Harbor soundtrack with “There You’ll Be” which hit No. 1 on the U.S. Adult Contemporary chart. Hill also appeared in the 2004 film The Stepford Wives and the 2015 film Dixieland.
Hill recently released Deep Tracks, a collection of b-sides and previously unreleased songs.