Carrie Marie Underwood was born on March 10, 1983, in a small country town in Checotah, Oklahoma, and was raised on her parent’s farm. Carrie’s passion for singing started in this small town, at the tender age of three years, when she sang at her local church. It was also at an early age that people realized her voice would take her far, as she performed at various local events in Checotah that eventually brought her to her career breakthrough moment, the audition for and win at the American Idol.
Growing up with her two older sisters, Underwood was raised on their family’s farm by both her parents. Her father worked in a paper mill, and her mother was a teacher at an elementary school. Underwood’s childhood town wasn’t full of glitz and glamour, but as she explained in her book “Find Your Path,” it was full of “wide-open spaces, pastures, and woods here and there, family farms and decent people.” Not only was she passionate about singing from an early age, but she also loved animals, sports, and being outdoors exploring with her friends.
She loved performing at her local church and events in Checotah, Oklahoma, which brought her to her audition at Capitol Records. Her contract was ready but unfortunately got canceled because of a management change at the label. In the same year, 2004, not only did she graduate from Northeastern State University, but she also had her career breakthrough audition – American Idol season four. In May 2005, she received two awards, including being Simon Cowell’s ultimate favorite and, of course, being crowned as the American Idol winner of season four. After winning American Idol, Underwood released her debut album and won two awards at the 40th Annual Country Music Awards, followed by five awards at the Billboard Music Awards in December 2005. After 2005, Underwood’s list of awards just got longer!
In 2008 Underwood met her husband and her children’s father, Mike Fisher, a National Hockey League star. Mike popped the question only a year later, in 2009, and they married in 2010. Underwood and Fisher welcomed their firstborn in 2015, thereafter she suffered three miscarriages before giving birth to their second son in 2019. After 12 years of marriage and becoming loving parents of their two sons, the couple is still going from strength to strength in their personal and professional lives.
Underwood also dominates the entire season, after which she sells more records than any previous Idols winner.
Only six short months after winning American Idol, Underwood releases her debut multi-platinum album, making it the fastest-selling female country album since 1991.
In 2006, Underwood wins Best New Artist and Best Female Vocal Country Performance in one night at the 49th Grammy Awards.
Underwood wins five Billboard Music Awards including two awards for her album “Some Hearts”.
The Checotah Animal, Town, and School Foundation (CATS) focuses on assisting her hometown with causes while fulfilling vital needs and offering services to the community.
Five years after Underwood and Fisher tie the knot, they start to expand their family when Underwood gives birth to their firstborn son.
Why We Love Carrie Underwood
She’s always been a very spiritual person
Growing up and singing in her local church, Underwood has always made her spiritual beliefs an integral part of her music and her personal life. Underwood also made songs that spoke directly to her faith, with big hits including ‘Jesus Take The Wheel’ and ‘Something in the Water.’ And in 2021, she released her first gospel album called “My Savior.”
Her fans are called Care Bears
Carrie Underwood inspires her friends by showing them kindness, as well as her devoted fans. Underwood’s fan base supports her and also shares her passion for helping others which is why her fan base is called the Care Bears.
She’s a giver
Underwood has always made giving back to others a vital part of who she is. We love that she supports, and has supported, countless charities and causes over the years.
5 Surprising Facts
She used to be a sorority girl
During her time attending Northeastern State University, Underwood was a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and is still to this day involved with the sisterhood.
She likes gory thrillers
Underwood’s favorite horror movies include “Halloween” and “Nightmare on Elm Street,” which makes it pretty clear which movie genre is most played in the Fisher household.
Underwood never flew before American Idol
Before her audition for American Idol in 2004, Underwood had never traveled by airplane.
She’d wanted to become a reporter
Before Underwood took over the world of country music, she wanted to become a reporter and worked at a page after she graduated from university.
Animal lover, including ducks!
It’s no secret that Carrie Underwood is a big animal lover and her first pet was a duck.
Carrie Underwood FAQs
Is Carrie Underwood vegan?
Underwood has always been a vegetarian, but she occasionally eats eggs, but only from chickens raised in her backyard.
Did Carrie Underwood appear in “How I Met Your Mother?”
Yes, she acted as ‘Tiffany’ in one episode.
Who did Carrie Underwood win against?
The American singer, Bo Bice, was the runner-up of the 2005 American Idol season four.
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