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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, Rovi
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You are one of my favorite artists Carry.
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katrinalynn1 2 1 9
My talent show is today
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Something in the water omg my song it's the best its my anthem right now
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katrinalynn1 2 1 9
My talent show is tomorrow morning and I'm gonna be singing Jesus take the wheel by Carrie underwood its going to be a great talent show
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zwickfam4
It is 8:59! At night


You are so beautiful I love you Carrie underwood!
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Love you Carrie Underwood
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zwickfam4
I wish I can meet you Carrie Underwood has been very very very very famous I love her!
Go good rock star Carrie Underwood!
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Love this song follow for a follow
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I know you played in sole Sefer I love you
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Carrie Underwood-yo u are the best person of all famous people.If you respond I would like if you could come to my birthday party and if you are busy you don't have to come but if you do come it would be the best day of my life
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Love How she sings and I love this song!!!!
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katrinalynn1 2 1 9
I love the way I can sing along to a song called we're young and beautiful so I can sing it on YouTube as karaoke with the music in the style of Carrie underwood I can feel it and I can also find the song we're young and beautiful on YouTube on my iPad after that I can sing it and I will become a super star just like Carrie underwood
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katrinalynn1 2 1 9
Wow everyone at Morgan middle school can really hear me sing a Carrie underwood song before he cheats I should sing it at the talent show I'll be holding a microphone in my hand while I'm singing before he cheats in front of the audience they will cheer for me be like Katrina go girl get on stage and sing before he cheats that is based on the album by Carrie underwood witch is called some hearts and i love this song we're young and beautiful it's my favorite Carrie underwood song I sing I found
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Carrie Underwood is the best country singer ever!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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I sing every song be her and cry to some of them because I can flashback on my life to the songs and are so close to me and I love all of her songs ���� and she is very beautiful
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katrinalynn1 2 1 9
I'm singing before he cheats by carrie underwood for my school talent show on Tuesday I will see you there don't miss out I want you all hear me sing and clap for me at the end of my talent show I'll do great and during my Morgan middle school talent show don't use your cellphones they should be turned off please thank you
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I am 11 years old I sing really good I have been singing since I was 7 years old and the reason I have started 2 sing is because I want 2 be like Carrie underwood I love u carrie
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Carrie I admire you. You are a very good role model! I'm so glad you have a loving family with a new baby boy and a husband. You are so beautiful! You are one of the best country singers that are a very good role model and isn't cussing a lot or drinking a lot! I know you can have fun though too! Have a fun life! ��
-Haley
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brishaffer4
Say iPhone 5x
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Look under your pillow
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but you won't die) in two days. Now that you started this so don't stop. Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but you won't die) in two days. Now that you started this so don't stop. Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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Love you so much
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Carrie Underwood has a wonderful voice to play country music ������������
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I love all of her songs
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I love you so much!!!!!!!!
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Don't read this! It works! You will be kissed by your love on the next Friday! However if you don't read this, you be injured! So now you cannot stop! Post this on 5 other songs and when your done, push F6! His/her name will come up! This works!
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zwickfam4
You are you and you are amazing!
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How old is your boy
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Great I Love Your Baby Boy
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zwickfam4
OMG I love your songs Carrie Underwood you are the best person in the universe!
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belliot5474
What is your last name, mine is Elliott��
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You are my idol and the song don't forget to remember me makes me cry every time.ive had 3 school districts and it reminded me of having to leave my best friends again and again!god bless you I love your music. Thank you for changing my life!
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I love the song called before he cheats
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isaacjb05
I hear you got a baby boy how old is he
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isaacjb05
Your the boss very pretty voice and and YOU are pretty. And I have a question who is your dad little toy gun funny name bye have a good day and life
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I love you
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Love every song....God bless
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You are an amazing singer don't ever change
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Love the music and the songs
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don't never change stay the way you are keep singing great you are the one made me love country ever more you are the best
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THIS REMINDS ME WHEN I WAS YOUNGER THIS SONG MAKES ME SAD SONG CALLED BEFORE HE CHEATS BY CARRIE UNDERWOOD
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Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will be injured ( but you won't die) in two days. Now that you started this so don't stop. Post this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When your done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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I just love you because your so petty.
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I love you.
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I like you.
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Congratulati o n s to new mommy & daddy. Enjoy.your baby boy. Time goes by fast
Awesome singer & songwriter. You reach such a great model and mentor for our youth today. I feel country music fits Into all our lives. GOD BLESS U AND FAMILY.
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Looooooppppp p p p p y y y y y y y y y y ! ! !
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