Marie Underwood on March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma the darling
Idol Season 4 has since paved her way to super stardom in
only a few short years topping the charts in both pop and
country music with such hits as "Jesus Take the Wheel",
"Don't Forget to Remember Me", "I'll Stand by You"
and her biggest hit to date, "Before He Cheats".
It comes as
little surprise, then, that Underwood has been an overachiever
for much of her life, having competed or performed in talents
shows, local churches and community groups in her native Oklahoma
even as a youngster.
graduated with high honors from Northeastern State University
where she took her bachelor's degree in mass communications in
she hit the road headed for St. Louis, Missouri, to audition for
the country's most popular reality competition show, American
Idol. With a winning smile and fresh-faced looks, Underwood sailed
through the competition thanks to a huge fan base who put her
over the top each week with millions of call-in votes.
And the rest,
as they say, is music history. Carrie Underwood was crowned the
winner of season four of American Idol on May 25, 2005.
With a nationwide
fan base even before her first album was released in November
"Some Hearts" quickly became a No. 1 hit and the best-selling
debut album in country music history.
could since be seen returning again and again to subsequent seasons
of American Idol to perform as a guest star or to appear on "Idol
Gives Back" charity fund-raisers.
Carrie Underwood wedding to
pro hockey player Mike Fisher
in 2010 created a media frenzy
That is, when
she was not appearing on a music award presentation accepting
industry accolades. These
included Best New Female Vocalist and Single of the Year for "Jesus
Take the Wheel" at the 2006 ACM
Awards, and the Horizon Award and Female Vocalist at the 2006
year she swept the Billboard Music Awards with a total of five
wins for Album of the Year, Top 200 Female Artist of the Year,
Female Country Artist, New Country Artist, and Country Album of
the Year; and later went to win Breakthrough Artist of the Year
at the American
Ride" her second album released in 2007 only served to build
on her phenomenal success spinning off such No. 1 country hits
as "So Small" and "All-American Girl".
her own top hits, Carrie Underwood has also recorded a song for
Paisley album "5th Gear"; sang "Ever Ever After"
on the soundtrack of the movie "Enchanted";
and toured with Keith
Urban on the Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Carnival Ride
Tour in 2008.
The following year,
Underwood released her third studio album, Play On, spinning off such No. 1 hits as "Cowboy Casanova", "Temporary Home", and "Undo It". Her latest album, Blown Away, was released in 2012 becoming the second best-selling release by a female artist that year.
Away from the recording studio, Carrie Underwood made her big screen debut in Soul Surfer, in April 2011 and played the role of Maria Von Trapp in a production of the original Broadway musical "The Sound of Music", which aired on NBC in 2013.
Underwood has been romantically linked to American football star
Tony Romo, actor Chace Crawford, and Ottawa Senators hockey player Mike Fisher with whom she announced wedding plans in December 2009 after a year of dating. Fisher and Underwood were later married in a lavish ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia on July 10, 2010.