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  where she majored in Mass Communications, with an emphasis in journalism.
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.
- Teen Choice Award
- 3 Billboard Music Awards
- 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
- 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
- Grammy Award - Best Female Country Vocal Performance
- Academy of Country Music Award - Top Female Vocalist
- American Idol: Season 4 Contestants. American Idol: Official FOX Site.
- about NSU. Northeastern State University.
- NSU Star Carrie Underwood is the new American Idol!. Northeastern State University.
- Carrie Underwood Joins Grand Ole Opry, Associated Press, Fox News Channel, May 11, 2008
- Carrie Underwood's Official YouTube Channel
- http://www.glamour.com/news/articles/2007/12/underwood - interview with Carrie Underwood