Carrie Underwood is an American singer, songwriter and actor. She was the winner of the 4th Season of American Idol in 2005. She has numerous hits to her credits and has also bagged various awards for her singles and albums.
Underwood was born on 10th March 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Her father’s name is Stephen Underwood, a worker in a saw mill and her mother’s name is Carole Shatswell, an elementary school teacher. She is the youngest of three daughters and her sisters’ names are Shanna and Stephanie. As a child, Underwood sang at her local church as well as for local events in her hometown. She graduated from Checotah High School in 2001.
Underwood auditioned for American Idol in 2004 and soon secured her place in the show. Judge Simon Cowell predicted that she would be amongst the top contenders for the championship. Underwood dominated the voting every week and won the American Idol Award, together with a recording contract worth a million dollars at least and a Ford Mustang Convertible and the use of a private jet for one year.
In 2005, Underwood’s career began with her first single ‘Inside your Heaven’ which debuted at No. 1 position on the Billboard charts. She became the first country music artist to ever debut at No.1 position at the Billboard. ‘Inside Your Heaven’ is the only single by a solo country artist to ever reach the No.1 position in the 2000 decade. Her debut album ‘Some Hearts’ released in the same year and sold 315,000 copies. The album became the best selling album of 2006 across all music genres in the USA. Her second album, Carnival Ride was released in 2007. It debuted at No.1 across Billboard, Top Country Albums and Canadian Album Chart and sold 527,000 copies in the first week itself. Her third studio album, Play On, was released in 2009 which once again, debuted at the peak position, selling over 318,000 copies in the first week. Underwood’s first tour, the Play On tour began in March 2010 and ended in January 2011. Underwood’s fourth album, ‘Blown Away’ was released in March 2012, selling 267,000 copies in it’s first week. Her fifth studio album, Storyteller debuted in October 2015. Underwood worked on this album from the beginning of 2014, however had to suspend the work because of her pregnancy. She drew inspiration for the title of the album from the general storytelling aspect of country music. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and became a commercial success. Alongside, it made Underwood the only country singer to have all 5 of her albums in No.1 or No.2 position at the Billboards 200. The album has sold 377,800 copies so far in the US.
Billboard declared ‘Some Hearts’ as the No.1 Country Album of the 2000 decade and Underwood became the best female artist on Billboard’s Best Country Artists of the 2000 decade.
Awards and Achievements
Throughout her decade of music career, Underwood has won seven Grammy Awards, eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, nine American Music Awards, seventeen Billboard Music Awards and five County Music Association Awards, apart from numerous other awards. In 2008, she was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry.
Underwood married hockey player Mike Fisher in 2010. Their son, Isaiah Fisher was born in February 2015. She is an ardent fan of writer Stephen King and his 1980s best selling book (which was later adapted to a movie) became the inspiration for her single ‘Two Black Cadillacs’. Underwood is an animal lover and a vegan.
She will embark upon her Storyteller tour in 2016 from Jacksonville, Florida.