Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood is an award winning country singer, and the winner of 4th season of the American Idol television contest. [1]

Carrie Marie Underwood was born on March 10, 1983, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, USA, the youngest of 3 girls in the family. She began singing in church at a very early age. In grade school she acted in school plays and began to enter talent competitions. Church was a strong influence in Carrie's family, and she continued singing in church during her childhood and young adult life. During her years at Checotah High School in Oklahoma, she sang at school events, and began singing in local festivals, country fairs and car shows. Carrie graduated high school in 2001, and enrolled in Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma [2] where she majored in Mass Communications, with an emphasis in journalism.[3]

In 2004 she auditioned for American Idol, and became the 4th season winner on May 25th, 2005.

Her first album, entitled "Some Hearts", went platinum. Her single "Jesus take the Wheel" was a best seller.

Carrie joined the Grand Ole Opry on May 10, 2008. Garth Brooks handled her formal induction and Vince Gill sang a duet with her. [4]

Carrie's third album, "Play On" was released in November, 2009.

In December 2009, Carrie's publicist announced her engagement to Canadian ice hockey player Mike Fisher. [5]

Awards

2005:

  • Teen Choice Award
  • 3 Billboard Music Awards

2006:

  • Inspirational Country Music Award
  • Horizon Award
  • Dove Award - Song of the Year: "Jesus, Take the Wheel"
  • CMT Music Award - Female Video of the Year: "Jesus, Take the Wheel"
  • 2 Academy of Country Music Awards: Top New Female Vocalist, single of the Year for "Jesus Take the Wheel"
  • American Music Award - Favorite Breakthrough New Artist
  • Country Music Association Award - Female Vocalist of the Year
  • 5 Billboard Music Awards

2007:

  • CMT Music Award - Video of the Year
  • 2 Grammy Awards: Best New Artist, Best Country Vocal Performance for "Jesus, Take the Wheel"
  • 2 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Female Singer, Favorite Country Song
  • 3 Academy of Country Music Awards: Top Female Vocalist, Best video, Album of the Year

2008:

  • Grammy Award - Best Female Country Vocal Performance
  • Academy of Country Music Award - Top Female Vocalist

2009:

  • Academy of Country Music Award - Entertainer of the Year
  • Academy of Country Music Award - Top Female Vocalist
  • Grammy Award - Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Last Name"

References

  1. American Idol: Season 4 Contestants. American Idol: Official FOX Site.
  2. about NSU. Northeastern State University.
  3. NSU Star Carrie Underwood is the new American Idol!. Northeastern State University.
  4. Carrie Underwood Joins Grand Ole Opry, Associated Press, Fox News Channel, May 11, 2008
  5. [1]

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