Singing sensation Carrie Underwood has taken the country music world by storm, but her love of all things country goes far beyond mere music. Carrie is a country girl through and through, and she has not let success go to her head or cause her to forget her roots.
Carrie Underwood’s love affair with all things country started early in life. She grew up in a rural community, spending time playing in the dirt, climbing trees, catching bugs, snakes and other wild creatures – and singing. While she was a dedicated tomboy, Carrie Underwood always loved singing and performing, always dreaming she would be able to make a living doing what she loved.
Carrie Underwood was born on March 10, 1983 in the small town of Muskogee, Oklahoma. As a young girl, Underwood longed to be on stage but put her dreams on hold to pursue a degree in broadcast journalism. In spite of her studies, Underwood never gave up on singing eventually trying out for American Idol, a decision that would forever alter the course of her life. While still a senior at Northeastern State University, Underwood auditioned for the hit show in 2005 and won the show’s fourth season.
After her amazing success on American Idol, Underwood went on to garner multiple Grammys, Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association Awards. In 2006, when Underwood was still only 26 years of age, the iconic singer and performer became the youngest person ever to join the famed Grand Ole Opry.
Long-time fans of Underwood will no doubt recognize her many hit songs, including such classic albums as Carnival Ride, Blown Away and Play On. Those new to the music of Carrie Underwood might want to start with her debut effort Some Hearts, released in 2005. This iconic album was an instant hit, going triple platinum and becoming the fastest selling country album ever by a female artist. Her first single, entitled Inside Your Heaven, rocketed to the top of the Billboard charts.
Not long afterward Underwood reached the pinnacle of the country music charts with “Jesus Take the Wheel,” a critically acclaimed track that remains a fan favorite. “Jesus Take the Wheel” earned Underwood the award of ‘single of the year’ from the Academy of Country Music, along with the ‘single of the year’ from the Country Music Association. The song also garnered two Grammy Awards, including best new artist and best female country singer.
This enormous success has proved once and for all that there is much more to Underwood than just American Idol fame. While the singer owes the launching of her career to the popular show, Underwood has truly made a name for herself, ranking as one of the number one country stars of today and gaining the admiration of critics and the love of fans from coast to coast and around the world.
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