Way to Fame: Carrie Underwood

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Way to Fame: Carrie Underwood




Emily Harding, Reporter

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Carrie Underwood won Season 4 of ‘American Idol’ in 2005 and went on to become one of the top-selling acts in country music.

Who Is Carrie Underwood?

Born in Oklahoma in 1983, singer Carrie Underwood enjoyed her first taste of stardom by winning Season 4 of American Idol. She followed with the multi-platinum debut album Some Hearts (2005), and went on to win numerous Grammy, Country Music Association (CMA) and Academy of Country Music (ACM) awards. Underwood was also inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2008, and has annually co-hosted the CMAs, with Brad Paisley, since that year.

Childhood and ‘American Idol’ Win

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Singer, actress and activist Carrie Marie Underwood was born on March 10, 1983, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and raised on a farm. “I had a very happy childhood full of the wonderful simple things that children love to do,” Underwood has stated on her website. “Growing up in the country, I enjoyed things like playing on dirt roads, climbing trees, catching little woodland creatures and, of course, singing.”After graduating from high school, Underwood attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. There, she majored in broadcast journalism and temporarily put aside her dreams of becoming a singer. During her senior year, in 2004, Underwood decided to try out for American Idol. Not only did she pass that audition, she went on to become the winner of the show’s fourth season.

‘Some Hearts’ and Commercial Success

Underwood’s debut album, Some Hearts (2005), quickly went multi-platinum, making it the fastest-selling female country album since the introduction of the Nielsen SoundScan in 1991. Her first single, “Inside Your Heaven,” hit the top of the Billboard pop charts.

Her follow-up single, “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” then shot to the top of the country charts. The song proved to be a critical success as well, winning Underwood the ACM and CMA awards for Single of the Year, along with Grammys for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best New Artist.

In contrast to her softer-sounding material, Underwood also had great success with “Before He Cheats,” a tale about a straying ex-boyfriend. The single won her a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and a CMA Award for Single of the Year in 2007. That same year, Underwood released her follow-up album, Carnival Ride. It reached the top of the album charts and scored several No. 1 country hits, including the singles “Last Name” and “All-American Girl.”

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