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Carrie Underwood

It's true that Carrie Underwood sprang to fame as an American Idol winner, but her career needs to be defined in the context of country superstars instead of reality show contestants. Her millions of records sold, her dozens of awards from the country music academy and the Grammys, her many record-breaking feats on the charts, and her status as one of the most powerful people in the music business all testify to her staying power beyond American Idol.

Underwood grew up in the small town of Checotah, Oklahoma, and began singing with her church at the tender age of three. She performed throughout her childhood, eventually moving on to festival gigs in several states. Along with developing her singing, Underwood learned to play guitar and piano. She graduated from high school as her class salutatorian and majored in mass communication at Northeastern State College with an eye on a career in broadcast journalism, but continued her singing career throughout her studies.

As a senior just a few credits short of her degree, Underwood heard about the auditions for the 2005 season of American Idol. She tried out for the show at the St. Louis, Missouri auditions, and her innocent charm and pure, pretty voice ended up winning her not only a place among the 12 finalists, but the title of 2005's American Idol. Her debut single, "Inside Your Heaven," was released that summer, and she finished recording her debut album after completing the American Idols Live! tour. Some Hearts was released later that fall and became a smash hit, selling over 300,000 copies in its first week and eventually going platinum a whopping seven times. The album's lead single, "Jesus, Take the Wheel," was also a big success, topping Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for six weeks.

Acclaim for the album and single spilled over into 2006, when Some Hearts re-entered Billboard's Top Ten after Underwood's appearance on the 2006 American Idol finale. Meanwhile, "Jesus, Take the Wheel" won Single Record of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards (where she also won Top New Female Vocalist); a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association; and Breakthrough Video and Best Female Video at the CMT Awards, making her the only double winner at the event. Despite her hectic career as a country music star -- which included carrying her tour through the fall of 2006 -- Underwood found the time to finish her degree. "Before He Cheats" was released as Underwood's third single late in 2006, and became her third country number one and her fourth total number one hit. That December, she won five Billboard Music Awards: Album of the Year, Top 200 Female Artist of the Year, Female Country Artist, New Country Artist, and Country Album of the Year.

Early in 2007, Underwood began work on her second album, while "Wasted" became the fourth single taken from Some Hearts; she performed it on an episode of American Idol that March, and the following month it hit number one on the Hot Country Songs Chart. Underwood gathered more accolades by winning two awards at the 2007 CMT Awards -- Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for "Before He Cheats" -- and taking home two Grammys. She also took home three 2007 ACM Awards in May, which included Album of the Year for Some Hearts and Top Female Vocalist. She made another trip to American Idol late in the month for the sixth season finale, where she sang "I'll Stand by You" to a standing ovation. During the show, Clive Davis recognized Underwood's sextuple-platinum sales; Underwood was the first country artist to sell that many copies of a debut album since LeAnn Rimes did it in 1996. She also appeared on Brad Paisley's album 5th Gear, which was released in June 2006.

Riding on that swell of support, Underwood released her sophomore effort Carnival Ride in October 2007. Four of the album's tracks hit the top of the country charts, pushing the album to multi-million sales and earning her two additional Grammy Awards. Two years after the album's release, Underwood released her third studio effort, Play On, which found her devoting more focus than ever to her songwriting abilities. She co-wrote seven of the album's tracks, including the leadoff single, "Cowboy Casanova." Underwood's fourth studio album, Blown Away, released in the spring of 2012, was produced by her longtime collaborator Mark Bright, and driven by its hit lead single, "Good Girl," it showed her continued growth from American Idol to savvy country-pop star.

Underwood undertook her first big starring role in 2013, when she signed on to play Maria in a live televised production of The Sound of Music on NBC. Airing on December 5, 2013, the broadcast was accompanied by a studio soundtrack. The year 2014 was relatively quiet for her, although in September she released the single "Something in the Water" and three months later the compilation Greatest Hits: Decade #1. A heavily spiritual single with the theme of baptism, "Something in the Water" topped the country and Christian charts, and also reached the pop Top 40. Early in 2015, it earned her a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance. ~ Heather Phares & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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I love you
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Love every song....God bless
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You are an amazing singer don't ever change
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Love the music and the songs
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don't never change stay the way you are keep singing great you are the one made me love country ever more you are the best
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THIS REMINDS ME WHEN I WAS YOUNGER THIS SONG MAKES ME SAD SONG CALLED BEFORE HE CHEATS BY CARRIE UNDERWOOD
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but you won't die) in two days. Now that you started this so don't stop. Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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I just love you because your so petty.
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I love you.
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I like you.
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Congratulati o n s to new mommy & daddy. Enjoy.your baby boy. Time goes by fast
Awesome singer & songwriter. You reach such a great model and mentor for our youth today. I feel country music fits Into all our lives. GOD BLESS U AND FAMILY.
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LOVE
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Good song!
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I❤️ songs
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This is the best song ever... I listen to it constantly, she is an amazing singer. I know all of the words to most of her songs. I love singing all of her songs ( even though I am a terrible singer) I wish I came up with songs like hers
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Ur an awesome singer my little sister loves ur songs she can memorize them she loves you so much
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Little toy guns, I got little toy guns which are actually water guns!!!oh yeah, I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Send to wireless speaker
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I love is Carrie. Woodunder
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I Lovvvvvvvvvv e This Song
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She is pretty
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I love your songs so much. I am just blown away by your songs. My favorite song is blown away. I listen to it all of time. You have such a powerful voice. It is also very beautiful. I wonder how you come up with these songs? I love you Carrie Underwood.
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SAD. Temporary home I miss you daddy by the why my dad did not die my parents spelt up
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Blue
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Say iPhone 5 times pick a color post this on 5 more songs look under your pillow
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I love your songs so much
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THERE IS SOMETHING IN THE WATER LOL I LOVE THIS SONG
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Say iPhone 5x
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SURPRISE!!!! !
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That was Kylie the text back note
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Please give me a text back ��
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My name is Kylie whole I love your songs they make me smile and live my life like you my idol�������� <3 yu keep up the good work
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She said you are an amazing person who does not pretend to be something their not. You inspire me!
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You look like my mom carrier she told me that when she frist started to heard ur music she wanted to be like you but I know some one out there who always wanted to meet carrier underwood that girl is me
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I love the songs you right��
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you are a flawless singer . I love you very much from the bottom of my heart . You are a fantastic country singer with a powerful voice and I love all of your songs. I am a huge fan of yours.
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Hi my name is Kassidy p I'm 13 years old and Carrie you are my idol. I love your songs. Whenever I hear you on the radio I always smile and sing.
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Never change! Love you!������
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Low are you
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I love you and the song told you so and blown away you find the wrong one ������������
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I love u I love blown away and good girl ur beautiful and talented ur the only country singer that I love !!!!! I ♡u
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Now I wish you could just here me sing
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You changed me now I'm not afraid to sing thanks ������
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Do you like your new songs that you made��������
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You are beautiful! I wish that I could sing like Carrie Underwood ❤️
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