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Carrie Underwood

It's true that Carrie Underwood sprang to fame as an American Idol winner, but her career needs to be defined in the context of country superstars instead of reality-show contestants. Her millions of records sold, her dozens of awards, her many record-breaking feats on the charts, and her status as one of the most powerful people in the music business all testify to her staying power beyond American Idol.

Underwood grew up in the small town of Checotah, Oklahoma, and began singing with her church at the tender age of three. She performed throughout her childhood, eventually moving on to festival gigs in several states. Along with developing her singing, Underwood learned to play guitar and piano. She graduated from high school as her class salutatorian and majored in mass communication at Northeastern State College with an eye on a career in broadcast journalism, but continued her singing career throughout her studies.

As a senior just a few credits short of her degree, Underwood heard about the auditions for the 2005 season of American Idol. She tried out for the show at the St. Louis, Missouri auditions, and her innocent charm and pure, pretty voice ended up winning her not only a place among the 12 finalists, but the title of 2005's American Idol. Her debut single, "Inside Your Heaven," was released that summer, and she finished recording her debut album after completing the American Idols Live! tour. Some Hearts was released later that fall and became a smash hit, selling over 300,000 copies in its first week and eventually going platinum a whopping seven times. The album's lead single, "Jesus, Take the Wheel," was also a big success, topping Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for six weeks.

Acclaim for the album and single spilled over into 2006, when Some Hearts re-entered Billboard's Top Ten after Underwood's appearance on the 2006 American Idol finale. Meanwhile, "Jesus, Take the Wheel" won Single Record of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards (where she also won Top New Female Vocalist); a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association; and Breakthrough Video and Best Female Video at the CMT Awards, making her the only double winner at the event. Despite her hectic career as a country music star -- which included carrying her tour through the fall of 2006 -- Underwood found the time to finish her degree. "Before He Cheats" was released as Underwood's third single late in 2006, and became her third country number one and her fourth total number one hit. That December, she won five Billboard Music Awards: Album of the Year, Top 200 Female Artist of the Year, Female Country Artist, New Country Artist, and Country Album of the Year.

Early in 2007, Underwood began work on her second album, while "Wasted" became the fourth single taken from Some Hearts; she performed it on an episode of American Idol that March, and the following month it hit number one on the Hot Country Songs Chart. Underwood gathered more accolades by winning two awards at the 2007 CMT Awards -- Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year for "Before He Cheats" -- and taking home two Grammys. She also took home three 2007 ACM Awards in May, which included Album of the Year for Some Hearts and Top Female Vocalist. She made another trip to American Idol late in the month for the sixth season finale, where she sang "I'll Stand by You" to a standing ovation. During the show, Clive Davis recognized Underwood's sextuple-platinum sales; Underwood was the first country artist to sell that many copies of a debut album since LeAnn Rimes did it in 1996. She also appeared on Brad Paisley's album 5th Gear, which was released in June 2006.

Riding on that swell of support, Underwood released her sophomore effort Carnival Ride in October 2007. Four of the album's tracks hit the top of the country charts, pushing the album to multi-million sales and earning her two additional Grammy Awards. Two years after the album's release, Underwood released her third studio effort, Play On, which found her devoting more focus than ever to her songwriting abilities. She co-wrote seven of the album's tracks, including the leadoff single, "Cowboy Casanova." Underwood's fourth studio album, Blown Away, released in the spring of 2012, was produced by her longtime collaborator Mark Bright, and driven by its hit lead single, "Good Girl," it showed her continued growth from American Idol to savvy country-pop star.

Underwood undertook her first big starring role in 2013, when she signed on to play Maria in a live televised production of The Sound of Music on NBC. Airing on December 5, 2013, the broadcast was accompanied by a studio soundtrack. The year 2014 was relatively quiet for her, although in September she released the single "Something in the Water," and three months later the compilation Greatest Hits: Decade #1. A heavily spiritual single with the theme of baptism, "Something in the Water" topped the country and Christian charts, and also reached the pop Top 40. Early in 2015, it earned her a Grammy for Best Country Solo Performance. Later that summer, Underwood announced the October release of Storyteller, her fifth studio album, which was preceded by the single "Smoke Break." ~ Heather Phares & Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Storyteller

1. Renegade Runaway

2. Dirty Laundry

3. Church Bells

4. Heartbeat

5. Smoke Break

6. Choctaw County Affair

7. Like I'll Never Love You Again

8. Chaser

9. Relapse

10. Clock Don't Stop

11. The Girl You Think I Am

12. Mexico

13. What I Never Knew I Always Wanted

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Track List: Smoke Break (Single)

1. Smoke Break

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Track List: Blown Away

1. Good Girl

2. Blown Away

3. Two Black Cadillacs

4. See You Again

5. Do You Think About Me

6. Forever Changed

7. Nobody Ever Told You

8. One Way Ticket

9. Thank God For Hometowns

10. Good In Goodbye

11. Leave Love Alone

12. Cupid's Got A Shotgun

13. Wine After Whiskey

14. Who Are You

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Track List: Good Girl (Single)

1. Good Girl

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Track List: Play On

1. Cowboy Casanova

2. Quitter

3. Mama's Song

4. Change

5. Undo It

6. Someday When I Stop Loving You

7. Songs Like This

8. Temporary Home

9. This Time

10. Look At Me

11. Unapologize

12. What Can I Say (Feat. Sons Of Sylvia)

13. Play On

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Track List: Home Sweet Home (Radio Single)

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Track List: Carnival Ride

1. Flat On The Floor

2. All-American Girl

3. So Small

4. Just A Dream

5. Get Out Of This Town

6. Crazy Dreams

7. I Know You Won't

8. Last Name

9. You Won't Find This

10. I Told You So

11. More Boys I Meet

12. Twisted

13. Wheel Of The World

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Track List: Some Hearts

1. Wasted

2. Don't Forget To Remember Me

3. Some Hearts

4. Jesus, Take The Wheel

5. The Night Before (Life Goes On)

6. Lessons Learned

7. Before He Cheats

8. Starts With Goodbye

9. I Just Can't Live A Lie

10. We're Young And Beautiful

11. That's Where It Is

12. Whenever You Remember

13. I Ain't In Checotah Anymore

14. Inside Your Heaven

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Track List: Inside Your Heaven (Single)

1. Inside Your Heaven

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Track List: Cowboy Casanova (Radio Single)

1. Cowboy Casanova

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Track List: I'll Stand By You (Radio Single)

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Track List: Mama's Song (Radio Single)

1. Mama's Song

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Track List: Praying For Time (Radio Single)

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Track List: Quitter (Radio Single)

1. Quitter

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Track List: So Small (Radio Single)

1. So Small

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Track List: Something In The Water (Single)

1. Something In The Water

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Track List: Temporary Home (Radio Single)

1. Temporary Home

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Track List: There's A Place For Us (Radio Single)

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Something in the water is wun of my favorite songs by you it's osum!!!!!!
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Wish I can sing like her!
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When I grow up I want to name my baby Carrie Underwood!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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Love your songs gir
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Carrie church bells is my favorite song out of all the songs in the world!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ' ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! I love you
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Good girl is osum!
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I����������� L o v e her
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Before he cheats is osum!
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Your osum!
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Yup OSU m
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jessicamcman i g l e
Love any king of country song's like Luke Bryan ,Carrie Underwood,Br a d Paisley,love my country music so much like to listing to them all the time like Taylor swift to her music is good to like all of her music I love country song's are my favorite music love you Carrie Underwood I like to sing lol
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You are my inspiration! ! ! ! I went to your Storyteller concert when you can to Birmingham, Alabama
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jessicamcman i g l e
Love your songs so much because you are so pretty like me. you are my favorite Parsons in the world Carrie Underwood love Jessica
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I love you Carrie underwood
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Our. Song. Taylor. Swift Hi. Jennnnfirr. The. Today. The. Right. Now The. The. Right. Now. It. Talyor. Swift. Carrie underwood
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#love carrie Underwood
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I looooooooooo o o o o o o o o o o o o o o v e your songs!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I love her songs!
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You are my favorite artist in the whole intur world . You also have great singing.

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Cute boyfriend i rely love you
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Do you have a boyfriend
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I can imagine you and Keith Urban are close friends
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Hey pretty women nice songs you really know how to sing
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are you a christain
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Best country singer ever
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kimmermchugh
She is so pretty
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Me lol this is one of my fav songs by her I love singing it
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I love her song Church Bells!!!???I T ' S THE BEST!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I saw you for the first time in 5/12/16 in Billings Montana I live in Helena Montana and we took a 4 hour drive to see you you were awsome you even sang my favorite song Something In The Water me and my Twin Brother Chris and me whent to see you and that was our first consert ever my names Tessa by the way.
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I love you forever and ever since I die!!
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Say iPhone 5+ say a color post this on another post check under your pillow.
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Her voice is so pretty
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Carrie you are so pretty I love when you sing
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You are sooooooo coool
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You rock
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And your crush will ask you out
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Ok cool
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Pandora is the best app because people can listened to what ever they want to
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I love you so much and all of your music my best friend even got to go to one of your concerts just keep doing what you're doing
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Love u ��
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I love you
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I love you music when are you going to be in st. Louis
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I was having a birthday in June. I had all of her songs on
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I love your music you are my ideal
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I love your music
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U r my rock star -dakota wurtz
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