“Temporary Home”

Single by Carrie Underwood

from the album Play On

October 20, 2009 (2009-10-20)

CD single
Music download

Country, Christian

4:28 (album version)
4:19 (radio version)

Arista Nashville

Luke Laird
Zac Maloy
Carrie Underwood

Mark Bright

Carrie Underwood singles chronology

“Cowboy Casanova”
“Temporary Home”
“Undo It”

“Temporary Home” is a song written by Zac Maloy, Luke Laird and co-written and recorded by American country artist Carrie Underwood. It is the second official single from her third studio album, Play On, and was released to country radio the week of December 14, 2009. Before being released as a single, the song was made available to iTunes on October 20, 2009. A promotional music video for the song was released in November 2009,[1] and an official music video followed in February 2010. In December 2010, the song was ranked at number 25 on Billboard’s Top Country Songs of 2010.[2]
The song was nominated for Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the 53rd Grammy Awards.


1 Background
2 Reception
3 Release history
4 Music video
5 Awards and nominations

5.1 53rd Grammy Awards
5.2 16th Inspirational Country Music Awards
5.3 2010 CMT Music Awards
5.4 2010 CMA Triple-Play Awards
5.5 2011 BMI Awards

6 Chart performance

6.1 Year-end charts

7 Sales and certifications
8 References
9 External links

Carrie Underwood was inspired by the book The Purpose Driven Life by Pastor Rick Warren, who wrote that this world is a “temporary home” and that when we leave here, it is not the end of existence.[3] Carrie said, “I thought of a little boy in a foster situation, and he knows where he’s going, and the place where he is isn’t where he should be, but he’ll get there someday.” She met with songwriters Luke Laird and Zac Maloy to write the song, provide the idea and the title, and had the melody.[3]
On November 16, 2009, Underwood performed the song on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.[4] She also performed this song on ‘Home for the Holidays’, a CBS special that Faith Hill hosted on December 23, 2009. Before her performance at Foxwoods Casino, Connecticut, Underwood’s tour bus crashed and the driver was killed. During her performance, Underwood got emotional and said “This song means so much to me…” and gave a tearful performance.[5]

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