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Carrie Underwood - Profile of an Oklahoma Entertainer

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Carrie Underwood - Profile of an Oklahoma Entertainer
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After skyrocketing to fame as the winner of the 4th season of the Fox television series "American Idol," Oklahoman Carrie Underwood has become a multi-platinum selling country music recording artist. Below is a full profile of Carrie Underwood with information on biography, albums, awards and more.

Personal Information:

Full Name - Carrie Marie Underwood
Born - March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma
Hometown - Checotah, Oklahoma
Marital Status - Single

Born in Muskogee and raised on a farm in Checotah, a small town in east-central Oklahoma, Carrie Underwood is the youngest of three girls. Her mother Carole was an elementary school teacher while her father Stephen worked in a paper mill.

Education:

Carrie Underwood attended school in Checotah and was an excellent student, graduating from high school in 2001 as the salutatorian. She attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004. She graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication.

Carrie Underwood's Musical Background:

A singer from very early in her life, Carrie Underwood never had any formal training but performed often as a child at talent shows, town events and at church, Free Will Baptist Church in Checotah. Her parents hired Underwood an agent, and she was very nearly given a contract with Capitol Records in 1996 at 13 years of age. However, the company had management changes, and the contract never happened. She continued performing in college, though, appearing at NSU's Downtown Country Show in Tahlequah before her big break came in the summer of 2004.

Winning American Idol:

Underwood traveled to St. Louis, Missouri with friends to audition for the 4th season of the hit Fox television series "American Idol." She stood out immediately with a performance of "I Can't Make You Love Me," and the show spotlighted her farm-life background. An early favorite, Underwood cruised to the top 10, judge Simon Cowell predicting that she would win and even outsell previous show winners. Show producers later said that Carrie dominated the season 4 voting, and she was crowned the winner over runner-up Bo Bice on May 25, 2005.

After American Idol:

It didn't take long for Carrie Underwood to make an impact on the music charts. Her debut album "Some Hearts" was released in November 2005. The album sold over 300,000 copies in its first week, placing it #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and marking the biggest debut of any country artist since tracking began in 1991. It produced numerous hits including "Jesus Take the Wheel," "Don't Forget to Remember Me," "Before He Cheats," "Wasted" and the title track. It was only the beginning of a meteoric rise to stardom, and Underwood has become one of the most recognizable singers in the country.

Albums from Carrie Underwood:

  • "Some Hearts"
    Released: November 2005
    Sales: 7 million
    Singles: "Inside Your Heaven," "Jesus Take the Wheel," "Some Hearts," "Don't Forget to Remember Me," "Before He Cheats," "Wasted"

  • Carnival Ride
    Released: October 2007
    Sales: 2.7 million
    Singles: "So Small," "All-American Girl," "Last Name," "Just a Dream," "I Told You So"

Carrie Underwood Awards:

The list of prestigious Awards won by Carrie Underwood is long and includes 5 American Music Awards, 4 Grammys and 6 Academy of Country Music Awards. In addition to those listed below, she has also received award recognition from Billboard, the Gospel Music Association, CMT, People's Choice, Teen Choice and more.
  • Top New Female Vocalist of the Year (Academy of Country Music, 2006)
  • Single Record of the Year: "Jesus, Take the Wheel" (Academy of Country Music, 2006)
  • Female Vocalist of the Year (Country Music Association Award, 2006)
  • Horizon Award (Country Music Association Award, 2006)
  • Favorite New Breakthrough Artist (American Music Award, 2006)
  • Best New Artist (Grammy Award, 2007)
  • Best Female Country Vocal Performance: "Jesus, Take the Wheel" (Grammy Awards, 2007)
  • Female Vocalist of the Year (Academy of Country Music, 2007)
  • Album of the Year: "Some Hearts" (Academy of Country Music, 2007)
  • Video of the Year: "Before He Cheats" (Academy of Country Music, 2007)
  • Female Vocalist of the Year (Country Music Association Award, 2007)
  • Single Of The Year: "Before He Cheats" (Country Music Association Award, 2007)
  • Favorite Country Female Artist (American Music Award, 2007)
  • Favorite Country Album: "Some Hearts" (American Music Award, 2007)
  • T-Mobile Text-In Award (Artist of the Year) (American Music Award, 2007)
  • Best Female Country Vocal Performance: "Before He Cheats" (Grammy Award, 2008)
  • Female Vocalist of the Year (Academy of Country Music, 2008)
  • Female Vocalist of the Year (Country Music Association Award, 2008)
  • Favorite Country Album: "Carnival Ride" (American Music Award, 2008)
  • Best Female Country Vocal Performance: "Last Name" (Grammy Award, 2009)
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