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Carrie Underwood

The first country singer to win American Idol, Carrie Underwood grew up in the small town of Checotah, Oklahoma, and began singing with her church at the tender age of three. Throughout her childhood, she also performed at functions for the Lion's Club and Old Settlers Day, 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 began 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 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 Some Hearts tour through the fall of 2006 -- Underwood found the time to finish her degree and become a spokesperson for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (who named her 2005's World's Sexiest Vegetarian). "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 three awards at the 2007 CMT Awards -- Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year, and Video Director 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 the 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 an additional Grammy Award. 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. ~ Heather Phares & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Track List: There's A Place For Us (Radio Single)

Comments

Say Ariana grande
Clap 5 times
Comment 2 songs
Sing Ariana song
Ur voice will sound like hers
Love Carrie
Love this song
How great thou are!!!!
I have went to Carries concert
Love you Ms. Underwood and love your songs.:)
I love. You
I like your music
I know MY last name! Do you?
I love u carrie!�� I love all ur songs and u r my idol!!
Follow me and I will follow back!!!
Carrie is very talented.
Is Mathew Underwood her brother.
I love you good girl
mgaffney001
"Jesus Take the Wheel" sends the message I want to share. When I received the diagnosis of a very rare syndrome, those were the lyrics I thought of. This was not a "little thing" that I could do by myself or with just a little help from some friends. 4 years later, I am doing remarkably well. Thank you Carrie Underwood for sharing this and making such an impact with your talent!
See you again makes my cry. I miss you g granddaddy
Ever ever after is one of my many anthems
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. How ever if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 different songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
I love your song blown away
Do you have a kik
I love Carrie underwood she is so pretty and has amazing songs:-)
Does anybody want to talk
jespo33713
I look up to Carrie understood alto as a singer. She is so pretty
sd.underwood
You rock this maecy underwood
Love this song
see you again
alissa5491
u rock carrie under wood i mean
alissa5491
taylor swift u rock girl
alissa5491
i love u u have my name lol
I am a gait fanes of your
cccat21
Say I phone 5 times
Pick a color
post on 5 songs
Look under your pillow
Thank u T.J. i luv her songs!!!!
I luv her!!!!! I didnt reallyy listen to her until a guy told me songs to listen to that were by her
liz_morales_ l t c
Omg I love her she's so pretty she's one if my fav subgers
Memories ;)
danielarene0 3
Carrie is one of my favorite artist
Your Awesome Carrie Underwood!!!
Say iPhone 5x pick a color post 5 songs look under your pillow
Love you Carrie!!! She inspires me soo much!!!! I luv u!!!!!!!
Carrie is amazing!!!!! ! Can you guys please follow for follow. It means the world and it makes me really happy
Your one of the best Country girl ever!!!!!!
Check y u y h
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teagansage
Love you
I love you Carrie Underwood your the best singer ever!!...... .
Lauren65. I Love U Carrie
YOU ARE ASOME
You are prety
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