Born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the third, and youngest daughter of Stephen and Carole Underwood, and raised in Checotah, Carrie Marie Underwood graduated Salutatorian from Checotah High School, and Magna Cum Laude from Northeastern State University with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications, where she was also the Runner Up in the 2004 Miss NSU Beauty Pageant.
The first female Artist to win back-to-back Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year Awards Underwood is a Singer-Songwriter equally as famous for winning the fourth season of American Idol and as a multiple Platinum selling, Grammy Award winning member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Popular songs Underwood performed on her way to winning American Idol, where her legions of fans were affectionately known as the “Carrie Care Bears,” and in her five annual appearances on the show since then, include “Could’ve Been,” “Alone,” “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Wasted,” “I’ll Stand By You,” “Praying For Time,” “Last Name,” I Told You So,” “Home Sweet Home,” “Change,” “Piece Of My Heart,” “MacArthur Park,” “When Will I Be Loved,” “Crying,” “Go Your Own Way,” and “Independence Day”.
Her debut album “Some Hearts” was the fastest selling debut Country album in Nielson SoundScan history, the best selling female debut album in Country Music history, and produced the three Number One songs “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Before He Cheats,” and “Wasted”.
On October 23, 2007 Underwood released her second album entitled “Carnival Ride,” containing the Number One songs “All-American Girl,” “So Small,” “Just A Dream,” “Last Name,” and “I Told You So,” a Randy Travis remake, an album on which she was more heavily involved as a Songwriter.
When Underwood released her third album “Play On” on November 3, 2009, the song “Cowboy Casanova” peaked at Number One making her the female Artist with the most Top Ten hits on the Country charts for the decade, and providing her fifth Platinum Single, and “Temporary Home,” off the same album became her ninth Number One song.
Grand Ole Opry:
On March 15, 2008 Randy Travis invited Underwood to become a member of the legendary Grand Ole Opry and she was inducted May 10, 2008 by Garth Brooks as the current youngest member.
Performing the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, where the New Orleans Saints, and the Whodat Nation, won on February 7, 2010, Underwood made her screen acting debut on the How I Met Your Mother television series, appeared as a Worm on Sesame Street, and is set to appear in Soul Surfer, and The Blue Summer of Sisterhood, scheduled to be released in 2010 and 2011 respectively.
Grammy Awards Underwood has won include the 2006 Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance, the 2008 Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Song, the 2009 Best Female Country Vocal Performance, and the 2010 Best Country Collaboration With Vocals.
Country Music Awards:
Underwood has won several CMT Awards including Female Vocalist of the Year, Single of the Year, Female Video of the Year, Video Director of the Year, Video of the Year, Breakthrough Video of the Year, and the Horizon Award.
Academy of Country Music Awards:
Underwood has won ACM Awards for Entertainer of the Year, Top Female Vocalist, Album of the Year, Single of the Year, and Top New Female Vocalist.
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