Carrie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005.
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1. Carrie Marie Underwood was born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma.
2. She is the daughter of Carole (Shatswell) and Stephen Underwood.
3. She was raised on her parents’ farm in the nearby rural town of Checotah.
4. Her father worked in a sawmill while her mother taught elementary school.
5. She has two older sisters, Shanna and Stephanie.
6. During her childhood, Underwood performed at Robbins Memorial Talent Show, and sang at her local church, First Free Will Baptist Church.
7. She later sang for local events in Checotah, including Old Settler’s Day and the Lion’s Club.
8. A local admirer arranged for her to go to Nashville when she was 14 to audition for Capitol Records.
9. In 1996, Capitol Records was preparing a contract for Underwood but canceled it when company management changed. Underwood said of the event, “I honestly think it’s a lot better that nothing came out of it now, because I wouldn’t have been ready then. Everything has a way of working out.”
10. While at Checotah High School, she was an Honor Society member, a cheerleader, and played basketball and softball.
11. Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian.
12. She chose not to pursue singing after graduation. She said,
13. She attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, graduating magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and an emphasis in journalism.
14. She spent part of one of her summers as a page for Oklahoma State Representative Bobby Frame.
15. She also waited tables at a pizzeria, worked at a zoo, and at a veterinary clinic.
16. Underwood is an alumna of the Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.
17. For two years during the summer, she performed in Northeastern State University’s Downtown Country show in Tahlequah.
18. She competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.
19. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005.
20. Bolstered by the huge crossover success of the singles “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats”, it became the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history, the fastest-selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history and the best-selling country album of the last 14 years.
21. Underwood won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist.
22. Released in 2007, her second album, Carnival Ride, had one of the biggest ever opening weeks by a female artist and earned Underwood two Grammy Awards.
23. Her next album, 2009’s Play On, was a commercial success led by the single “Cowboy Casanova”. Underwood’s fourth album, Blown Away (2012), earned her a Grammy Award and was that year’s second best-selling release by a female artist.
24. Her first compilation album (2014) was a chart and sales success and earned her a Grammy Award.
25. Her fifth album, Storyteller (2015), made her the only country artist to have all first five studio albums reach either numbers one or two on the Billboard 200.
26. Considered one of the most successful artists in any musical genre, Underwood has sold more than 65 million records worldwide.
27. Billboard referred to her as Country Music’s reigning Queen, while Time listed her as one of their 100 most influential people in the world in 2014.
28. Underwood is the top country artist of all-time on the RIAA’s Digital Singles ranking and the highest certified country album artist to debut in the 21st century.
29. She is the only solo country artist in the 2000s to have a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100, the only country artist ever to debut at number one on the Hot 100, and the joint most number-one hits in the history of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart (14).
30. She is also the biggest American Idol earner of all time. Some Hearts was named the number-one country album of the 2000s by Billboard, and she was the top-ranked female artist on Billboard’s Best Country Artists of the 2000s list.
31. Underwood has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
32. She has earned numerous accolades, including 7 Grammy Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, and 11 American Music Awards.
33. Underwood is a practicing Christian.
34. She and her mother are both fans of writer Stephen King. His 1980s best-selling book-turned-to-movie Christine inspired the video for her single “Two Black Cadillacs”.
35. Underwood is a fan of musical drama show Nashville and horror-themed TV shows The Following and The Walking Dead, having stated, in an interview with Marie Claire, that she would like to play a zombie on The Walking Dead.
36. One of her favorite artists is Brandon Heath.
37. Underwood began dating NHL player and current Captain of the Nashville Predators, Mike Fisher, after they met at one of her concerts in late 2008, and she became engaged to him in December 2009.
38. On July 10, 2010, Underwood and Fisher wed at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia, with more than 250 people in attendance. Together, the couple has one son.
39. On February 11, 2011, an Ottawa radio station, 105.3 CISS-FM, stated that it would ban the playing of Underwood’s music because her husband, Mike Fisher, was traded to the Nashville Predators the day before. Due to Underwood’s fans’ threats on Facebook to never tune into the radio station, the station later modified its statement. It apologized for its actions, saying that its statements were meant to be taken as a joke, as it does not play Underwood’s country songs anyway, and it was its tongue-in-cheek way of wishing Fisher the best of luck in Nashville. Fisher later criticized the station saying “obviously Carrie had nothing to do with the move or the trade or anything so to imply something like that was just wrong”, and noting that both he and Underwood were disappointed in the negativity that was created by the radio station.
40. Underwood was selected by The Hockey News on its annual list of the 100 People of Power and Influence in Ice Hockey.
41. For the 2012 list, Underwood ranked at No. 85.