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Carrie Underwood Biography

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Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood Basic Facts:

Full Name: Carrie Underwood
Birth Date: March 10, 1983
Hometown: Checotah, Okla.

Country Style: Contemporary Country

Musical Influences:

Carrie's Songwriting:

Carrie had a hand in writing one song from her debut album Some Hearts, called "I Ain't in Checotah Anymore." On her sophomore release, Carnival Ride, Carrie felt a little more confident with her songwriting, and co-wrote three tracks, including the first two singles, "So Small," and "All-American Girl."

Dynamic Duet:

Carrie and Jamie O'Neal's performance of the Reba McEntire/Linda Davis collaboration "Does He Love You" on CMT's 100 Greatest Duets generated such a strong response that CMT started airing it as a separate video. Carrie says, "That was really nerve-racking to me, because that was sort of my debut in Nashville. We wanted to make a statement, because during the entire Idol show, I was dubbed 'the country singer.' So we wanted to make a statement that that was really where I intended to go."

View photos from the CMT 100 Duets Taping

Carrie Underwood Quote:

(on her country roots) "I wanted to sing country music because that's where I wanted to go whether I won or not afterward. Even if I got fourth, fifth, or sixth place, I wanted to have some country label out there see me and be like, 'We want her!'"

Similar artists:

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Top Songs to Download:

Some of Carrie Underwood's Biggest Hits:

  • "Jesus Take the Wheel" (No. 1 for 6 weeks)
  • "Don't Forget to Remember Me" (No. 1 on R&R, No. 2 on Billboard)
  • "Before He Cheats" (No. 1 for 5 weeks)
  • "Wasted" (No. 1 for 3 weeks)
  • "So Small" (No. 1 for 3 weeks)
  • "All-American Girl" (No. 1 for 2 weeks)

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Carrie Underwood Biography:

Carrie Underwood was the youngest child in her family, having two older sisters who were 10 and 13 by the time she came along. She grew up in the country, and loved to catch little woodland creatures, climb trees, and sing.

Carrie sang in her church, and starred in many of the musicals at her school from third through fifth grade. When she got a little older, she asked her mother to take her to local talent shows, where she competed, and while she didn't win, she usually placed.

The importance of education

In high school, while she still performed at fairs, church, school events, and such, she really focused on her education, and graduated second in her class in May 2001.

Carrie attended the College at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK, where she majored in journalism. In 2005, she saw in the news that people in Cleveland were sleeping outside in hopes of auditioning for the 2005 season of American Idol. People had always told her that she should try out, so she located the closest location, which was St. Louis, and the rest was history.

After winning American Idol 2005

After winning American Idol in 2005, she embarked on the multi-city American Idol tour, and recorded her first album, Some Hearts. Little did Carrie know that in two years, the album would sell over seven million copies.

Carrie released her sophomore album, Carnival Ride, in 2007, and people waited to see if the country sweetheart could continue the success she had with her debut album. In under a year, the album has sold over two million copies, and many say that this album is even stronger than her first.

She's a Headliner Now

Carrie has come a long way -- from American Idol hopeful, to winner, to country superstar headlining her own tour in 2008. She's one of the biggest stars in country music, and the future looks bright indeed.

Carrie has achieved another milestone as she was asked by the Randy Travis, on behalf of the management of the Grand Ole Opry, to become their newest member on March 15, 2008. She accepted, of course, and was inducted on May 10, 2008.

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