Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma) is
a three-time Grammy Award-winning singer. She is the first Idol winner
to sweep all three major music awards (Billboard, American Music, and
Grammy Award) in one single season. Since her sweep,
she has become a multi-platinum selling recording artist. Her debut
album, Some Hearts, was certified seven times platinum and is the
fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history.
Some Hearts yielded five number one hits on the country charts in the
United States and Canada: "Inside Your Heaven", "Jesus, Take the
Wheel", "Don't Forget to Remember Me", "Wasted," and her biggest hit
to date, "Before He Cheats". Underwood scored another Top 10 Billboard
hit with her charity single, "I'll Stand by You". Some Hearts sold a
total of 7 million RIAA-certified copies as of February 2008. In
addition to being the best selling album by an American Idol
contestant in the United States to date, it is also the best-selling
solo female debut album in country music history.
Her second album, Carnival Ride, was released on October 23, 2007. It
has so far sold about 3 million copies and has produced two number
one country hits, "So Small". and "All-American Girl". The album's
third single, "Last Name", is currently climbing the charts.
Underwood's Christmas single, "Do You Hear What I Hear?" peaked at #2
on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts.
Aside from her vocals, Underwood's success is attributed to what many
fans recognize as her wholesome image. In general, many of her
songs also present inspirational and uplifting themes and messages.
To date, Underwood has sold over 12 million records worldwide.
Underwood was recently featured during the seventh season of American
Carrie Marie Underwood was born to Stephen and Carole Underwood in
Muskogee, Oklahoma, and was raised on her parents' farm in rural
Checotah, Oklahoma. She has two older sisters, Shanna Underwood Means
(born 1970) and Stephanie Underwood Shelton (born 1973). Underwood had
performed at Robbins Memorial Talent Show in her childhood. As a young
child, she sang in church, and for Old Settler's Day and Lion's Club,
local events in Checotah.Her best friends were girls named Kelly Kup
and Sabrina Hundal from Mississauga , Ontario.
Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as
salutatorian. After high school, she attended
Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. She graduated magna cum
laude in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and an
emphasis in journalism. Underwood is a member of the Alpha Iota
chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. For two years during the
summer, she performed in Northeastern's Downtown Country show in
Tahlequah. She also competed in numerous beauty pageants at the
university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.