Carrie Underwood was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma and raised in a farm in Checotah, Oklahoma. At the age of 13, Carrie Underwood’s manager at the time tried to get a recording contract at Capitol Records, but due to management changes at Capitol it never happened.
Carrie Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian. Carrie Underwood attended Northeastern State University, where she majored in mass communication and is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. She as well competed in several beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004
Carrie Underwood / Rascal Flatts Live Concert - Video
As part of her title, Carrie Underwood gained a recording contract with Arista Records; her first single, "Inside Your Heaven", was released on June 14, 2005. The single debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, with first-week sales of 170,000 copies, and briefly stopped Mariah Carey's run at number 1 with "We Belong Together." One week later, runner-up, Bo Bice, released his version of the song, which debuted at number 2. Underwood's version was shunned by country radio reaching a peak of number 59 on the country charts.
Carrie Underwood performed a well-received "The Star Spangled Banner" before Game 4 of the 2005 NBA Finals at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Michigan. In the same year, Carrie Underwood starred in ads for Hershey's Chocolate. The commercials have Carrie Underwood singing Hershey jingles like the jingles for Hershey's, Kit Kat and Almond Joy. She is also wearing vintage Hershey T-shirts that feature Hershey's, Almond Joy, Kit Kat, Reeses and other chocolate brand logos. The T-Shirts are now available to buy with proofs of purchase. Carrie Underwood is also the latest spokesperson for Skechers shoes, following in the footsteps of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera.
Carrie Underwood’s second single, "Jesus, Take The Wheel" was made obtainable for radio airplay on October 18, 2005. It received so much airplay that it debuted at number 39 on the Billboard Country Chart in its first week, setting a record. It is currently ranked at number 1 in its thirteenth week on that chart. The single also debuted at number 48 on the Billboard Hot 100 where it reached a peak of number 25.
Her initial album release, entitled Some Hearts, hit store shelves on November 15, 2005. On that same day, she presented an award and performed "Jesus, Take The Wheel" at the 39th Country Music Association awards in New York City. When the week's sales figures were tabulated, Some Hearts entered the Billboard 200 chart with 315,000 copies sold. The large first week sales of Some Hearts made it #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the biggest debut of any country artist since the advent of the SoundScan system in 1990.
In December 2005, Carrie Underwood was named "Oklahoman of the Year" by Oklahoma Today magazine.
Carrie Underwood performed in TNT's "Christmas in Washington" special, which was taped in front of the US president's family on December 11th, 2005.
On January 9th 2006, Some Hearts was certified Double Platinum by the RIAA with shipments of over 2 million units, making it the fastest-selling debut country album in the history of Nielsen SoundScan.
The album's title track, "Some Hearts," was released to pop and adult contemporary radio. It received moderate airplay and made it to number 27 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Top 40.
"Don't Forget to Remember Me" was recently announced as the next single to be released to country radio.
Carrie Underwood’s musical admirers include pop, but are mainly country; Carrie Underwood stated during American Idol auditions that her favorite singer is Martina McBride. On the April 20 elimination show, Carrie Underwood confirmed her ability to play the guitar. She can also play piano and yodel.
After singing Martina McBride's "Independence Day" Simon Cowell said he couldn't believe no one has discovered her yet.
On the March 22 show of American Idol, after a performance of Heart's "Alone", Simon Cowell said, "Carrie, you're not just the girl to beat, you're the person to beat. I will make a prediction, not only will you win this competition, but you will sell more records than any other previous 'Idol' winner." Simon Cowell went on to say on the March 30 show that she has the "it factor" that will make her a star.
On her last song of the night in the final two, Carrie Underwood’s stunning performance of "Angels Brought Me Here" had Simon saying, "I think you've done enough to win the competition." On May 25, 2005, she became the fourth winner of American Idol, beating Southern rocker Bo Bice, and she joins Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken as the only contestants who have never been one of the "bottom three" singers during any week's results.
As of November 2005, Carrie Underwood is now dating Northeastern State University student Chad Eagleton. Pictures of the two of them surfaced when Chad Eagelton posted pictures of him and Carrie at the Maxim after party on his Facebook account. During American Idol Carrie Underwood dated Drake Clark, also from Northeastern State University. Carrie Underwood and Drake Clark decided to break it off since the two were not spending enough time together.
Carrie Underwood is a big sports fan. Her favorite sports teams are the Oklahoma Sooners, Boston Red Sox, Dallas Cowboys, and Los Angeles Lakers.
Carrie Underwood was voted "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" in 2005 by animal-rights organization PETA. She beat out such stars as Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix for the honor that she shares with Coldplay front man Chris Martin. Carrie Underwood joins the likes of Andre 3000, Shania Twain, and Alicia Silverstone, all prior winners.