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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 from the country music academy and the Grammys, 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. ~ Heather Phares & Steve Leggett
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I like your song little to guns
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She is so good at her singing ��
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very nice
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Every body who says u hate her lies
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Love your music ������
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Say iPhone 5 times
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I can't go with out u I got it and I'll take the blast and still stand up like what baby I'm bkk don't do this I'll be still when u face me I'll kiss it like a booboo
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I love ur music!!!
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Your so amazing! Your my role model!
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I see that look on face. So I say it again. Don't look in his eyes. He looks like a cool drink of water a snake with blue eyes you better run for life. Run run away don't let him mess with your mind. You better run for your life





I love this song.
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I love you I love the song before he cheats
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Love Jesus take the wheel
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I love your voice!
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I love you so much better than a well deserved win over again in my room for a long time to go back in time to see you
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I love you so much better
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I love Carrie underwood because she knows how to make her music sound good yet still keep it clean with no cussing and I thing she is an inspiring singer and very talented at that. ����
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Boo I hate you Carrie
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heychloea
Look up : Carrie Underwood pulls girl on stage. Her name is Genisis. She literally steals the Mic and is AWESOME.
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Good girl is amazing.
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I love this song its my favorite
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You have inspired me every step of the way. You are a very good singer (and the best in the sound of music)������
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I absolutely love all the songs you sing. You have so much power and soul in your voice. It's inspiring, truly.
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I love u dont listen to that freak
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Your a good mom and I love you
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She is my favorite
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Love her���������
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Haha. Astaker22
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1. Kiss your hand

2. Say your crush's name

3. Close your hand

4. Say a school day

5. Open your hand

6. Post this on fifthteen different songs


After this your crush will ask you out
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I love Country music
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Your a great sing
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so much more kiss
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Kiss your hand 5 times then post this on another radio and then look under your pillow
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Love
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She is a great singer
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OMG �� it's Carrie Underwood ���������� she's a angel ☺��������
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