Carrie Underwood is an American singer/songwriter who became a household name after her win on “American Idol.” From “I Told You So” to “All-American Girl” and “Before He Cheats,” her songs consistently find themselves at the top of the Billboard music charts. Want to know about this country music superstar? Here’s a closer look at her journey from “American Idol” contestant to Grammy-winning artist.
Who is Carrie Underwood?
Born on March 10, 1983, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Carrie Marie Underwood was brought up in Checotah, Oklahoma. She is the youngest of three children. When Carrie was three years old, she started singing at the Free Will Baptist Church and later on for events like Old Settler’s Day and Lion’s Club. In 1996, 13-year-old Carrie was in the process of getting a contract with Capitol Records, but when the recording company’s management changed, the plans fell through. Five years later, Carrie finished her studies at Checotah High School as a salutatorian. She then went on to attend Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. She majored in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and graduated magna cum laude in 2006.
Carrie Underwood’s “American Idol” career
In 2004, 21-year-old Underwood auditioned for “American Idol” in St. Louis, Missouri. Her audition song was Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Judges at the time included Randy Jackson, Paula Abdul, and Simon Cowell and the host was Ryan Seacrest. She greatly impressed the judges, and when the clip of her audition aired for the first time on television, many foresaw Carrie as the winner of “American Idol.” Even British judge Simon Cowell, notorious for his brutally honest remarks and criticisms, expressed his belief in Carrie and in her enormous potential to win the competition.
Carrie Underwood’s most notable “American Idol” performances
Underwood credits a lot of her influences from the country music world, including the likes of Martina McBride and Shania Twain. She pulled from their discography and others, with her spectacular renditions of “Independence Day,” “When God Fearin’ Women Get the Blues,” “Bless the Broken Road,” “Man, I Feel Like a Woman” and “Inside Your Heaven.”
About Carrie Underwood’s “American Idol” win
The finals aired on May 24 and 25 of 2005. Season four came down to Bo Bice and Carrie Underwood, with Underwood being crowned the American Idol winner. She performed “Inside Your Heaven,” which would be her debut single she’d release as the winner.
Carrie Underwood’s life after “American Idol”
Since winning season four of “American Idol,” Carrie has gone on to become a huge success in the music industry, particularly in the country genre. In 2005, she came out with her first album, entitled “Some Hearts,” and in its first week reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Carrie’s debut single, “Jesus, Take the Wheel” was No. 1 for six weeks straight on the Billboard Country Chart, while her second single, “Don’t Forget to Remember Me,” reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Chart and No. 49 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Jesus, Take the Wheel” won the Gospel Music Association award for best country single of the year.
Her complete discography of studio albums includes:
- “Some Hearts” (2005)
- “Carnival Ride” (2007)
- “Play On” (2009)
- “Blown Away” (2012)
- “Storyteller” (2015)
- “Cry Pretty” (2018)
- “My Gift” (2020; a Christmas album)
- “My Savior” (2021)
Popular singles from the entertainer include, “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Undo It,” “Before He Cheats,” “Blown Away,” “So Small,” “Cowboy Casanova,” “Southbound,” “Church Bells,” “If I Didn’t Love You,” and “Something in the Water.” Previous collaborators and duets include Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, and Miranda Lambert.
As a multi-platinum artist, she’s won multiple American Music Awards, Billboard Music Awards, CMT Music Awards, Country Music Awards (CMA Awards), American Country Music (ACM) Awards, and Grammy Awards.
The singer also recently announced a residency in Las Vegas called, “Reflection.”
In regard to her personal life, Underwood has been married to NHL player Mike Fisher since 2010 and they currently reside in Nashville, Tennessee, with their two children.
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