Carrie Underwood exploded into the national spotlight during the 4th season of American Idol, FOX's popular music talent show. Notoriously difficult judge Simon Cowell predicted that Carrie would both win the competition and sell more records than any other American Idol alumni ever has - and he was right. The stunning blonde beauty wowed audiences with her enthusiasm, sincerity, and charisma, taking the first place title and jumpstarting a multi-platinum musical career that continues to this day.A small town girl, Carrie grew up on her parents' farm in rural Checotah, Oklahoma, where she developed a lifelong love for animals. A vegetarian and prominent member of many animal rights groups, Carrie went on to discover another important passion during her childhood - one for music. Performing at local fairs and festivals, Carrie honed her musical talents from the early age of thirteen. Though a preteen recording contract with Capitol Records fell through in the late 1990's, Carrie continued singing after graduating second in her class during high school, eventually attending Northeastern State University. She graduated with a degree in mass communication in 2006, right in the middle of her recording career. After winning American Idol in 2004, Carrie entered into a recording contract with Arista Nashville, a prominent country music label home to greats like Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley. She released her first album Some Hearts in 2005. Hugely successful, the chart-topping album sold over nine million units worldwide and has produced a number of hit singles, among them "Before He Cheats", "Don't Forget to Remember Me", and "Jesus, Take the Wheel". In the wake of Some Hearts Carrie won countless awards, among them three Academy of Country Music Awards, five Billboard Music Awards, and one American Music Award. She followed up the success of Some Hearts by releasing Carnival Ride, her second album, in late 2007. The album sold a whopping 527,000 units in its first week, making it the most successful album to be released by a female solo country artist since Shania Twain released her Greatest Hits album in 2004. Underwood's wholesome image, uplifting lyrics, and throaty voice shines throughout the album, especially on standout tracks "So Small" and "All-American Girl".
Winner of American Idol season 4 2005
Carrie Marie Underwood, born March 10, 1983, is an American country pop singer-songwriter from Checotah, Oklahoma. She rose to fame after winning the 4th season of American Idol in 2005. Underwood has since sold over 14 million albums and over 20 million singles worldwide, won several Grammy Awards, including the coveted Grammy for Best New Artist in 2007, multiple American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year in 2007, and several Billboard Music Awards, including the 2006 Album of the Year for Some Hearts.
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Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American country music singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Underwood has since become a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a winner of six Grammy Awards, sixteen Billboard Music Awards, seven American Music Awards and ten Academy of Country Music Awards, among several others. As a songwriter, she has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Underwood is also a two-time winner of the Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year award and the first woman to win such an award twice (2009/10). Underwood was inducted into and became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2008. She was also inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005. Bolstered by the huge crossover success of the singles "Before He Cheats" and "Jesus, Take the Wheel", it went on to become the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history, the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history and the best-selling country album of the last 10 years. Underwood won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist. Her second album, Carnival Ride, was released in 2007, with one of the biggest opening weeks by a female artist in history, and later earned Underwood two Grammy Awards, for the singles "Last Name" and "I Told You So". Released in 2009, her third album, Play On, was led by the success of its first single, "Cowboy Casanova", and finished the year as the second top-selling release by a female artist. 2012's Blown Away, her fourth album, was ranked the second best-selling release of the year by a female artist. She won a Grammy Award for the album's song "Blown Away". With her strong album and single sales, and $100 million in tour revenues, Underwood is the biggest American Idol earner, the highest-ranked American Idol alumni on the RIAA's...