Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983)
in Muskogee, Oklahoma, the daughter of Carole (Shatswell) and Stephen Underwood. She was raised on her parents’ farm in the nearby rural town of Checotah.Her father worked in a sawmill while her mother taught elementary school. She has two older sisters, Shanna and Stephanie.During her childhood, Underwood performed at Robbins Memorial Talent Show, and sang at her local church, First Free Will Baptist Church. She later sang for local events in Checotah, including Old Settler’s Day and the Lion’s Club.
A local admirer arranged for her to go to Nashville when she was 14 to audition for Capitol Records. 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.” While at Checotah High School, she was an Honor Society member, a cheerleader, and played basketball and softball.Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian.She chose not to pursue singing after graduation. She said, “After high school, I pretty much gave up on the dream of singing. I had reached a point in my life where I had to be practical and prepare for my future in the ‘real world'”. 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. She spent part of one of her summers as a page for Oklahoma State Representative Bobby Frame.
She also waited tables at a pizzeria, worked at a zoo, and at a veterinary clinic. Underwood is an alumna of the Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.
For two years during the summer, she performed in Northeastern State University’s Downtown Country show in Tahlequah. She competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.
She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. Her debut album, Some Hearts, was released in 2005. 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. Underwood won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist.
Considered one of the most successful artists in any musical genre, Underwood has sold more than 65 million records worldwide. Billboard has 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. 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. 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 to debut at number one on the Hot 100, and the woman with most number-one hits in the history of the Billboard Country Airplay chart . Underwood is the biggest American Idol earner in the history of the show. Her album, 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. Underwood has been inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. She has earned numerous accolades, including 7 Grammy Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, and 11 American Music Awards.
Underwood returned to the studio to finish her fifth studio album in the spring of 2015.
On August 20, 2015, via live Facebook stream, Underwood announced her album would be titled Storyteller and was scheduled to be released on October 23, 2015. The lead single, “Smoke Break”, was serviced to radio immediately following the announcement.
Storyteller debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, making Underwood the only country artist to have their first five studio albums debut at Nos. 1 or 2 on the Billboard 200. In addition, the album debuted at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart, earning Underwood another record as the only artist to score six consecutive number-one albums on that chart.
Storyteller has since been certified Platinum by the RIAA.
The album’s second single, “Heartbeat”, became Underwood’s 14th leader on the Country Airplay while the album’s third single, “Church Bells”, became her 15th career No. 1 on the Country Airplay chart, both extending her record for the most number one’s among women in the history of the chart. Underwood became the first female artist to score two number one hits on the Country Airplay chart in 2016. A fourth single, “Dirty Laundry”, was released from the album in August 2016 (released in europe in December) .Billboard ranked Underwood as the top female country artist for the year, and fifth overall.
Underwood launched The Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round, her fourth headlining tour, in January 2016, with a second half picking up in August. The tour has since played to over 1 million fans, completing 92 shows across 7 countries while being named by Billboard the top country tour for the first half of the year.
In June 2016, Underwood received three nominations from the CMT Music Awards, taking home two honors for “Smoke Break”, expanding her CMT Music Award total to 15—the most among all acts.
She was named Female Vocalist of the Year by the American Country Countdown Awards in 2016, and also received the CMA Chairman’s Award. In July, she picked up her fifth Teen Choice Award, for Choice Country Artist. Underwood also received two nominations from the Billboard Music Awards, including Top Country Artist.
In September 2016, Underwood was the first artist to receive the ACM Lifting Lives Gary Haber Award, for her continuous work with charities.
On October 20, 2016, Underwood was honored as a CMT Artist of the Year, marking her third year to receive the award.
She was one of 30 artists to perform on “Forever Country”, a mash-up track of “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, “On the Road Again”, and “I Will Always Love You” celebrating 50 years of the CMA Awards. The single debuted at number one on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs.
In January 2017, she received her ninth People’s Choice award, winning Favorite Female Country Artist.
Underwood received one nomination – Best Country Solo Performance – for her single “Church Bells” for the 59th annual Grammy awards. She and Keith Urban performed their new single, “The Fighter,” at the Grammy ceremony.
Underwood announced in early 2017 that she would be taking some time off at the beginning of the year to spend time with family, and would then, possibly, begin to write for her next album.
When asked…and how about StoryTeller:
“The Storyteller album marks the beginning of a new chapter in every way in my life and my career,” Underwood says. “Musically, I feel like I’m stronger than I’ve ever been. I feel like I’m more confident in myself as an entertainer, as a songwriter, as a singer. I’ve definitely evolved, and it’s all been very organic. The album has some songs that are a little more gritty and edgy, and others that have an R&B feel to them. Then there are these other songs that are just twangy. We brought in a lot of different elements in a way that makes the album feel fresh and new. I hope people just call it good music.”
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