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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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Track List: Inside Your Heaven (Single)

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Track List: Home Sweet Home (Radio Single)

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Track List: I'll Stand By You (Radio Single)

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Track List: Praying For Time (Radio Single)

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Track List: Quitter (Radio Single)

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Track List: Something In The Water (Single)

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Track List: There's A Place For Us (Radio Single)

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I TOTALLY agree that 'Just a Dream' video is SOOO sad. I watched it about 3 years ago and sometimes I cry thinking about it!
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Carrie you give me strength to carry on in all of your songs . The song see you again and the video always make me cry because my brother wants to join the army I have 7 family members who are in the army
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naomipopescu
Just a dream is such a sad song���� it made me cry������ don't watch the video!!!! You will cry 3 buckets full!!! But I love Carrie Undrwood she's a great singer and she's beautiful
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coonj4
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coonj4
Good girl and blown away is my fav
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Say iPhone 5 times
Choose a color
Post this on 5 songs
Look under your pillow
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Carrie helps me out through a lot. When things are going really bad I can always count on your songs to help me pull through. I've seen her in concert a few times and she's amazing. Hopefully I can sing as great as her. I know I never will cause her voice is one that u can't be like.
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rez24968
Wolf blood is my favorite show
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rez24968
You have pretty hair
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You just gotta love Carrie Underwood. I personally think she's the best female country singer. Her voice is amazing!! :)
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katrinalynn1 2 1 9
I love your song inside your heaven and I used to sing it I love you so much Carrie underwood now I'm singing another song from you it's called just a dream
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What a great song.I love your voice.
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lycie07
I love this song it's beautiful u are the best i love you so much Carrie underwood
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Say mermaid 5 times
Dont talk until finished
Post on 2 other songs
Dip hand in water
Look at hand
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valdezaileen 0 4
Dont read this because it actuAlly works . You will be kissed on friday by the person you love tommorow will be the best day, but if you dont post this on 5 songs in 3 minutes u will die.
Now that u started to read this there is no turning back this is real
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kimathes
I love all of your songs you are the best singer ever❤️❤️❤️❤️
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Kiss your Hands 10 times.post this on two other songs.then look at your hand
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Before He cheats is my favorite song of all your songs ��
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Don't read this because it actually works. You'll be kissed on Friday ny the guy u love. Tomorrow will be the best day, but if u don't post this on 5 songs in 3 minutes u will die. Now u started to read this there no turning back. THIS SO SCARY OT WORKS.
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Hi
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nunleyfam4
You are a wonderful role model!!
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She is awesome
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I love your music.

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What is your number Carrie Underwood I want is do you have a iPhone if you do not have one get one because I want to text you
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I love your voice my Emil number is hadleyg8@icl o u d . c o m
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joansprouse2
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Fav song
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I love your song called good girl
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U r so awesome
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I look up to u
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This one for the girls..
Matin mc bribe...
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Good
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OMG u are the best. ��
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Your the best ever��
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lycie07
I wish I can have your number I can call you and meet you that's my big wish
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Luv ur song 'Cowboy Casanova'!!! It's my favorite!!!! ! ! !
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I love your song something in the water!!!!!!a n d you are awesome !!!
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I'm favorite song is so small
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Carrie underwood is my hero
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I love Carrie underwood. You are amazing. What is your favorite song ou wrote. Mine is see you again
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joshpercy1
Hi! I LOVE you and your songs :-)
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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 you started reading this so don't stop. Post this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When you're 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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Omg this our song to every good girl out there!!!!!.. . . . k r y s - n - l o
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Love you
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zwickfam4
Love you
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Say iPhone 5x then say a color post this on two other songs under your pillow
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I love your song undo it
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