Date of Birth 10 March 1983, Checotah, Oklahoma, USA
Birth Name Carrie Marie Underwood
Height 5' 3" (1.6 m)
Carrie Underwood was born on March 10, 1983 in Checotah,
Oklahoma, USA as Carrie Marie Underwood.
Carrie Underwood is married to smoking-hot Nashville Predators
hockey player, Mike Fisher. She is a proud practicing Christian,
and follows a vegan diet. She was also romantically linked to
Dallas Cowboys quarterback, Tony Romo, back in 2007. In Sept. 2014,
Carrie announced that she and Mike were expecting their first child.
Grew up on a farm in Checotah, Oklahoma.
Summer 2004 - January 2005: For her audition in front of
Simon, Paula and Randy for American Idol (2002), she sang
"Can't Make You Love Me".
Graduated from Northeastern State University with a degree
in mass communications (2006).
Won American Idol (2002) .
Amazingly, has no formal training in voice or singing.
Started singing in church at the age of three.
Her victory at the 2005 American Idol competition has
been considered the show's first upset. Many pundits thought
she would be bested by runner-up Bo Bice.
She is a vegetarian. Made this known on an episode of
American Idol (2002), when she wore a "V is for Vegetarian"
Graduated from Checotah High School as salutatorian (2001)
Has 2 older sisters, Shanna & Stephanie
Her debut album, "Some Hearts" was released on November
15, 2005. The first single "Jesus Take The Wheel" was released
to radio stations on October 18, 2005.
Named 2005 Oklahoman of the Year by Oklahoma Today magazine.
First American Idol debut album to be certified 7x platinum
After becoming a country singer, Carrie moved to Nashville,
Sang a duet with Rascal Flatts on their single, "God Blesses
the Broken Road", in the finale of American Idol (2002) ,
where later she won the title of the "American Idol".
Is a Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) fan.
Signed an endorsement deal with Hershey's chocolate in 2005.
Her fans call themselves the Care Bears.
Graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State
University with a degree in journalism on May 6, 2006.
Is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.
For 2 years during the summer, she performed in
Northeastern's Downtown Country Show in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and
was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.
In 2008, accepted 1 ACM Award for Female Vocalist of the
On May 24, 2006 on the American Idol (2002) final, she
sang her current hit single, "Don't Forget to Remember Me".
Is a big sports fan, and is a fan of the Dallas Cowboys,
Los Angeles Lakers, Oklahoma Sooners, and Boston Red Sox.
May 25 was declared Carrie Underwood Day in Oklahoma.
On May 23, 2006 won 2 ACM awards On May 23, 2006 won 2
ACM awards Top New Female Vocalist Of The Year:, and the other
was for Single Record Of The Year: "Jesus, Take The Wheel".
Was Nominated for 2 more ACM awards, one for Top Female
Vocalist Of The Year:, and the other was for the Song Of The
Year: "Jesus, Take The Wheel.
In 2007, accepted 2 CMT Awards for Female Video of the Year
and Video of the Year for "Before He Cheats".
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. Previous winners include Andre 3000,
Shania Twain and Alicia Silverstone.
On April 10, 2006 won 2 CMT awards, one female Video Of The
Year: "Jesus, Take The Wheel", and the other for breakthrough
Video Of The Year: "Jesus, Take The Wheel", Carrie Underwood.
On November 6, 2006 in Nashville, Tennessee, won CMA Horizon
and CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year awards.
Appeared as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live (1975)
on March 24, 2007. NFL quarterback Peyton Manning was the host.
She was and still is friends with fellow American Idol
(2002), season 4 finalist, Lindsey Cardinale.
Publicly invited, by fellow Okie Garth Brooks, on March 15,
2008 to join the Grand Ole Opry.
In 2006, accepted 2 ACM awards Top New Female Vocalist and
Single of the Year ("Jesus, Take The Wheel").
In 2007, accepted 3 ACM Awards for Top Female Vocalist,
Album of the Year (Some Hearts), & Video of the Year
("Before He Cheats").
In 2006, accepted 4 CMT Loaded Awards for: #1 Streamed Live
Performance - duet with Jamie O'Neal, "Does He Love You" from
CMT Greatest Duets Concert, #1 Streamed Hottest Chick with Baseball
Bat - "Before He Cheats", #1 Streamed Stickin' It to the Man Video
"Before He Cheats", #1 Digitally Active Female Artist.
In 2006, accepted 2 CMT awards for Female Video of the Year
and Breakthrough Video of the Year ("Jesus, Take The Wheel").
Her song "Before He Cheats" (2006) was named #1 Cheating Song
by America Online's Country Channel 'The BOOT's Top 20 Best
Cheating Songs'. (February 2009).
Has been booed on stage for discussing the lifestyle choice
in certain cattle-farming parts of the country.
Keeps her refrigerator and kitchen pantry in order with a
certain shelf for everything and all the labels turned out. Also
takes the same care for her DVD collection, keeping the discs in
Engaged to Ottawa Senator hockey player, Mike Fisher
[December 21, 2009].
Video for "Cowboy Casanova" placed number #37 on VH1's Top
40 Videos of 2009.
Has a rat terrier dog named Ace.
Some Hearts was the first American Idol debut album to be
certified 7x platinum in 2008, 27 months after it's release.
Daughter of Carole Underwood.
Best friend of Jordan Vandiver.
Inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
One of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the
World. [April 2014].
Ranked #56 on Maxim's "Hot 100" of 2014 list.
(September 1, 2014) Expecting her 1st child with her husband
Mike Fisher due next spring.
(September 1, 2014) Expecting her 1st child, a son, with her
husband Mike Fisher due next spring.
When I first got to Hollywood. I was just walking around,
taking pictures of the palm trees and stuff like that. And this
guy walked up to me and asked
if I'd seen any stars and I said,
"No, it's been kind of cloudy today."
I had my first date in 1999 when I was 16 years old. I was so
excited! I walked into the living room to watch out the window for
him and my dad was cleaning his shotguns!!!! My mom yelled at
him for a while and, uh, the guy never asked me out again...
I like to dance around the house when I'm getting ready.
It gets my day going.
Sometimes a girl's gotta have some chocolate!
I'm a horror-movie fan: Halloween (1978), A Nightmare on Elm
Street (1984), Friday the 13th (1980)--I freak myself out sometimes
when I'm home alone.
It drives me crazy when I have people over and they try to
help clean up. I'm like, 'No, I've got it!' I may not be able to
control every aspect of my life, but I can control what color
pots are lined up where.
Successful people have a social responsibility to make the
world a better place and not just take from it. I've always loved
volunteering. I love making music and all that, but at the end of
the day I don't think that's what people are going to remember
about a person.
Underneath every skirt, every dress, I'm wearing shorts. So
that everyone in the world knows, if i ever fell down, nobody
would gets peek at anything.
More About Carrie Underwood
With more than 14 million albums sold worldwide, 14 No. 1 singles,
with six as co-writes, five Grammys, and countless other
accolades—all achieved with three albums in less than seven
years—Carrie Underwood remains ever-passionate, fueled by a restless
creative spirit, good-natured competitive streak, and abundance of
God-given talent. And now, Carrie unleashes her most ambitious
project yet with Blown Away.
Teaming again with producer Mark Bright, Carrie delivers a
14-song collection that covers a particularly vast expanse of
She celebrates the understated pleasures of small-town living in
“Thank God For Hometowns” and explores the exquisite fragility of
“Forever Changed.” She’s not averse to tackling abuse and betrayal
then doling out a little sweet revenge with such compelling tracks as
“Blown Away” and “Two Black Cadillacs.” Musically the songs range
from rollicking up-tempo anthems, such as her smash first single
to the island-flavored escape of “One Way Ticket” and the steel
guitar-laced country lament of “Wine After Whiskey.”
Such musical and lyrical diversity is the foundation of Carrie’s
artistry. After all, this is a young woman who in the past year has
performed with Steven Tyler on a top-rated edition of CMT’s Crossroads,
scored a No. 1 country hit with good friend Brad Paisley on “Remind Me,”
and sang with the iconic Tony Bennett on this year’s Grammy telecast,
delivering the classic “It Had To Be You,” their collaboration on
Bennett’s Duets II album.
The Oklahoma native is a fan of all types of music, yet she’s
purposefully planted herself in the country format, even while her
eclectic tastes have influenced her creative output. She’s been careful
to not get pigeonholed and prides herself on not being predictable.
“I feel like I’ve taken all of my albums into as many different
directions as possible while still keeping them cohesive,” she says.
“I love this album from start to finish and love every song on it.
There’s not one single song that’s like another song I’ve ever done.
I think it’s my best album. I really do think there’s something
Her ability to be unique yet accessible has been crucial to Carrie’s
career from the beginning. She became America’s sweetheart in 2005 when
she won the fourth season of American Idol, a vehicle that transformed
her from a shy Oklahoma girl with a great voice to a budding superstar.
Since then she’s become the popular franchise’s most successful alum.
She’s won a vast array of awards including three female vocalist
awards from both the Country Music Association (CMA) and the Academy of
Country Music (ACM). In 2010, when Carrie garnered her second win as ACM
Entertainer of the Year, she became the first female artist to win the
award twice, and only the 7th female to take the award in the 40-year
history of the ACM category, among Loretta Lynn, Dolly Parton, Barbara
Mandrell, Reba McEntire, Shania Twain, and the Dixie Chicks. Thanks to
her past wins for the categories of Entertainer of the Year, Top Female
Vocalist, and Top New Female Vocalist, Carrie also received the ACM
Triple Crown Award, which has been won by only one other female
artist—Barbara Mandrell in 2004. In addition to the above, Carrie’s won
6 American Music Awards, 6 People’s Choice Awards, 7 CMT Music Awards,
9 American Country Awards, and 7 BMI Songwriter Awards. Carrie also
received a Golden Globe nomination in 2010 for Best Original Song for
“There’s A Place For Us,” which she recorded and co-wrote for Chronicles
Of Narnia: Voyage Of The Dawn Treader.
Carrie’s 2005 debut Some Hearts topped Billboard’s Country Albums
chart for 27 weeks, has sold over 7 million copies, and was voted No. 1
Country Album of the Decade by Billboard. Her 2007 sophomore album,
Carnival Ride, and 2009’s Play On each debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s
country and all-genre
album charts. Over the course of three albums, she’s saturated country
radio with such hits as “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” “Before He Cheats,”
“So Small,” “Last Name,” “Just A Dream,” “Cowboy Casanova,”
“Temporary Home,” “All-American Girl,” “Undo It,” and “Mama’s Song.”
Carrie’s highly acclaimed concert tours have further helped to
establish her into the elite status of the country music community,
or in any genre of
music, with her stellar performances. In 2008, after wrapping her
“Carnival Ride Tour” she became the top-selling country female touring
artist of the year, selling out many of her 137 shows before 1.2
million fans. In that year, Carrie also became the most-heard artist
at country radio and was named the No. 1 Hot Country Songs Artist by
Billboard and No. 1 Top Country Artist by Radio & Records. In 2010,
her next headline arena tour, the “Play On Tour,” played 108 shows
with one million fans attending, which resulted in Carrie being named
again as the top-ranked female country touring artist of the year.
In 2012, in support of Blown Away, Carrie will headline another major
international tour, which will no doubt be one of the hottest tickets
of the year.
Carrie is a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry and expanded her
résumé making her acting debut in the 2011 film Soul Surfer. She
can be seen in print and TV ads as the North American face of Olay
beauty products, and has a long-running deal with vitaminwater®.
One of country music’s most respected young ambassadors, Carrie has
served as co-host of the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley the
past four years.
Yet for those who think they know Carrie, Blown Away is likely
to catch them by surprise, particularly the cinematic title track
with its swirling, atmospheric production and intense lyric about
abuse and revenge. “I got chills,” she says of the first time she
heard the Josh Kear/Chris Tompkins penned stunner. “I remember where
I was when I heard it and called my manager and said, ‘Do not let
else have this song. It’s my song.’ It’s such a visual song. You
listen to it and you can see everything that is happening. It’s so
dramatic. I’m not a drama person, but when you can make a movie in
song form in 3 and a half minutes, it’s surreal.”
“Blown Away” finds a daughter getting revenge on an abusive,
alcoholic father and the next song, “Two Black Cadillacs,” also has
a larger-than-life cinematic quality which makes both tunes feel
like mini-movies set to music. “Two Black Cadillacs” relates the
story of a wife and mistress who conspire to get even with the man
who betrayed them both. “It’s just more drama,” says Carrie, who
co-wrote the tune with Josh Kear and Hillary Lindsey. “It was so
much fun creating all this drama and singing about it. That’s the
great thing about being an entertainer; you’re just a big actor.
When we start sitting down and writing songs, you just never know
what’s going to come out.”
Carrie co-wrote eight of the 14 songs on Blown Away, including
the first single, “Good Girl,” which has rocketed up the charts.
“ ‘Good Girl’ was one of the
last ones I wrote for the album,” she says of the tune she penned
with Chris DeStefano and Ashley Gorley. “We wanted something a
little more fun and up-tempo. Chris DeStefano is just a mad scientist
with his Pro Tools, and he can play every instrument. We walked out
of that writing session with a demo. It sounded awesome. It was
ready to go. We let everybody hear it, and everybody was so excited.”
“Cupid’s Got A Shotgun” is another of the album’s high-energy
tracks, and it gets an extra kick from Paisley contributing his
signature guitar licks. “Once we got into the studio, I was like,
‘Brad Paisley HAS to play on this. He’ll make the song,’ ” Carrie
says of the tune she wrote with Kear and Tompkins. “We left so
much space in the song for him to come in and play. He did his
thing and sounded awesome. He added that last piece of the puzzle,
and it’s just so country. It’s really cool.”
In addition to being musically inventive, Carrie has long been
known for delivering songs with substance, and the new album delivers
its share of potent messages. “Nobody Ever Told You,” which Carrie
wrote with Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey, boasts an empowering
lyric and a breezy, engaging melody. “People need to hear compliments
more,” she says of the song’s life-affirming lyric. “People need to
hear ‘I love you’ more. People need to hear ‘You are beautiful’ more.”
“Good In Goodbye,” co-written by Carrie, Lindsey and Ryan Tedder,
is a bittersweet look at life beyond heartbreak that offers tender
truth in the lines “As bad as it was/As bad as it hurt/I thank God
I didn’t get what I thought I deserved.” On the other end of the
emotional spectrum, “Thank God For Hometowns” is a sweet salute to
small-town life. “I heard that one when I was going back to my
10-year high school reunion,” the Checotah, OK, native says. “I
listened to the demo when I was driving in to go stay with my parents.
It was just very fitting in my heart at that time.”
“Forever Changed” is a beautiful ballad that brings tears to
Carrie’s eyes as she discusses it. “I had a hard time recording it,
and I still have a hard time listening to it,” she says of the Tom
Douglas/Hillary Lindsey/James T. Slater penned ballad. “That is the
most wonderfully well-written song I’ve ever heard in my life. There’s
this young girl meeting the love of her life, getting married and
having a baby. It takes you back in time, and there is something old
fashioned about it. At the end, the mom’s obviously slipping away a
little bit. It is a sad song, but it’s not meant to be a sad song.
It’s about love, being forever changed, forever loved.”
In a few short years, Carrie has seen the power that music has
to change lives—to incite dialogue, to instill hope, and to simply
entertain. She’s aware of the platform she’s been given. She respects
it and appreciates every moment. “I’m very happy in my life, and I
count my blessings every day,” she says. “Seven years ago when I
decided to try out for American Idol, my life changed completely in
the blink of an eye. I went down a different train track and took
off at about a million miles per hour. I feel like I’m still learning.
In the beginning, it was like, ‘Oh,
I have a No. 1. That’s awesome!’ I didn’t really understand what that
meant. ‘Jesus, Take The Wheel’ and ‘Before He Cheats’ were No. 1 for
several weeks, and that doesn’t happen often, but I had no idea.
I realize now what hard work it actually is, and I feel like I can
appreciate those victories even more. Touring is more fun because I
know what it’s like to headline a tour. I feel like I’m able to be
more and more creative all the time. I always feel like I’m taking