Carrie Underwood (born 10.3.1983)
Carrie Underwood is an American country-pop songwriter and singer. She first came to public attention when she won the fourth series of American Idol. Since then, she has won multiple Grammy Awards and become a best-selling artist.
Childhood: Carrie Underwood was raised on her parents' farm in Oklahoma. She has two elder sisters, named Stephanie and Shanna. As a child, Carrie performed at the local Robbins Memorial Talent Show at her local Baptist Church and went on to sing at a number of local social events. In 1996, Underwood was on the verge of signing a contract with Capitol Records, but the label management changed hands and the deal was rejected.
Carrie graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 and went to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. She graduated with a degree in Mass Communication, with a strong emphasis on Journalism. She was the runner up in the Miss NSU beauty pageant in 2004.
Music Career: In 2004, Carrie Underwood auditioned in St. Louis for American Idol. When they were down to 11 finalists, Underwood performed a cover of Heart's hit 'Alone'. Throughout the contest, she was never in the bottom three to be voted out and became the clear winner of the show's fourth series. Since the completion of the series, its producers have commented that Underwood dominated the voting every single week.
Carrie returned to the sixth series of the show, performing her single, 'Wasted'. She also performed at the 'Idol Gives Back' concert, performing the Pretenders' 'I'll Stand By You' with Kelly Clarkson and Rascal Flatts. On the seventh series of American Idol, Underwood performed George Michael's 'Praying For Time' and her own track 'Last Name'.
Carrie Underwood's debut album, released in November 2005, was entitled Some Hearts and was a mixture of country and pop music. It has been certified Platinum seven times over. The second single from the album 'Jesus, Take The Wheel' earned its songwriters Gordie Sampson, Brett James and Hillary Lindsay a Grammy award for Country Song of the Year.
In November 2006, Carrie Underwood won Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the American Music Awards. She also won five awards at the Billboard Music Awards that year: Album of the Year, Top 200 Female Artist of the Year, Female Country Artist, New Country Artist of the Year and Country Album of the Year.
Carrie's second studio album, Carnival Ride, was released in October 2007. She co-wrote the album with Craig Wiseman, Gordie Sampson, Rivers Rutherford and Hillary Lindsey. The track 'Ever Ever After' was featured on the soundtrack to the Disney movie Enchanted.
The start of 2008 saw Carrie Underwood embark on a tour with Keith Urban. Later that year, when she was onstage performing a cover of Randy Travis' 'I Told You So', Travis crept up behind her onstage to invite her to become a member of the Grande Ole Opry. Her induction was conducted by Garth Brooks. She is currently the Grand Ole Opry's youngest member.
In September 2008, a group of female singers joined forces to release a single campaigning for cancer treatment. Carrie Underwood joined Rihanna, Fergie, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis and Ciara to perform 'Just Stand Up'.
In February 2009, Carrie Underwood was nominated for four awards at the Academy of Country Music Awards; Top Female Vocalist, Video of the Year for 'Just A Dream', Entertainer of the Year (alongside Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney and Keith Urban) and Album of the Year for Carnival Ride.
Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe has confirmed that he will be collaborating with Carrie Underwood, after she recorded a cover of Mötley Crüe's 'Home Sweet Home' for American Idol as the elimination song for contestants that have been voted out.
Personal Life: Carrie Underwood has been vegetarian since she was 13 and has acted as a spokesperson for the Humane Society of the United States.
In 2007, the press frequently speculated that Underwood was dating the Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. Romo confirmed on his website that the rumour was true. Carrie has also been romantically linked to Chace Crawford, star of Gossip Girl and Mike Fisher, the center player for Ottawa Senators.
Whilst her impact on the UK music market has been limited, Carrie Underwood is an indisputable star in her American homeland. The winner of 'American Idol' in 2005, she has gone on to release four albums and amassed sales figures of 64 million records. Amongst her haul of honours are six Grammys and 16 Billboard Music Awards, so it's safe to say she has avoided being a quickly forgotten talent show product.
Largely in chronological order, this collection features all of Underwood's singles with a few additional tracks for good measure. Certainly, it cannot be accused of being incomprehensive and is a solid introduction to the country-pop styling of the artist, a blend that has also had crossover success for Taylor Swift and Shania Twain amongst others. The majority of the output here is safe; some would say bland, radio-friendly efforts that showcase Underwood's undeniably impressive vocals. Unfortunately, it is rare for a track to go by without an apparent need to stretch that voice to higher echelons of warbling - new track 'Something In The Water' is a case in point. As with any competent mainstream pop album, there are songs which are simply infectious, with 'Wasted' being one of the better efforts and 'See You Again' also fitting the bill. When Underwood displays grittier attitude as she does on 'Before He Cheats' the result is actually worthy of further pursuit - the elements of country, soul and rock combining successfully for a number reminiscent of Christina Aguilera at her best. Unfortunately, the opposite end of the spectrum is in evidence more regularly, with 'Last Name' failing miserably to convince anyone that Underwood is really a bad girl, while 'Just A Dream' is nothing by dreary. There's no doubting her vocal ability talent, but the material representing the first decade of her career rarely excites, even if it has sold in impressive volumes.
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Carrie Underwood - Shots of a host of celebrities as they took to the red carpet for the 2014 American Country Countdown Awards which were held at Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, United States - Monday 15th December 2014
Dodged a bullet there.
Carrie Underwood is one happy mom-to-be. And she wants you to know about it. The country singer, towards the tail end of her pregnancy, went on the Today show to talk about the experience of carrying a future human. To everyone’s surprise, Underwood apparently forgets she’s pregnant sometimes.
Pregnancy definitely suits Underwood.
"I'll just walk by a mirror...then I'll see myself and just start laughing," she told Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb. "My body's definitely not mine right now!"
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Carrie Underwood is expecting her first child in the New Year and the singer looked beautiful whilst appearing at the taping of the 2014 Country Music Awards Christmas Special.
Carrie Underwood looked radiant whilst performing at the 2014 Country Music Association Christmas Special. The performance was taped on Friday (7th November) and is set to be broadcast over the holiday season.
Carrie Underwood performing on the CMA Christmas Special.
Country music's biggest stars came out for the award ceremony
The biggest stars in country music gathered together for the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday night. One of the most dazzling attendees was country star and mum-to-be Carrie Underwood who hosted the event alongside Brad Paisley.
Carrie Underwood dazzled as the host of the Country Music Association Awards
Carrie, 31, wowed in a stunning champagne dress with glittering embellishment, fabulous smoky eyeshadow and beautifully styled loose curls. However, she wasn’t the only super country star who also graced the event.
Carrie Underwood - Shots of a variety of stars as they took to the red carpet for the 48th Annual Country Music Association Awards which were held at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee, United States - Wednesday 5th November 2014
Swift, who was absent from this year's Country Music Association Awards, was the target of a number of jokes by the hosts Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.
Taylor Swift was dissed at the CMAs on Wednesday evening
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Carrie Underwood, appearing on 'Today' on Friday 26th September, said she still feels "kind of weird" about her pregnancy but that's she's "really excited" to be a mum.
Carrie Underwood explained how she was feeling about her pregnancy on Today.
The 31 year-old singer will executive produce the six-hour limited event series based her hit track, which revolves around a sinister love triangle.
Carrie Underwood's hit track 'Two Black Cadillacs' tells a very ominous story of two women seeking revenge of the same man after finding out they are both romantically involved with him, so it isn't a surprise that such a compelling plot is being adapted into a television show.
Underwood's 2012 song 'Two Black Cadilacs' will be turned into a Fox TV show
Underwood's tale of vengeance, murder and treachery has been picked up by Fox to be turned into a six-hour limited event series, according to Deadline.com. The 'American idol' alum is also going to team with Jerry Bruckheimer and executive produce the production, which is already in development.
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This will be the 'American Idol' alum and her NHL star husband's first child together.
Carrie Underwood is pregnant! The 31 year-old singer and her NHL player husband Mike Fisher are expecting their first child together, and fisher announced the exciting news herself on Monday (Sept 1st) via social media.
The 'American Idol' alum shared an adorable photograph on Instagram of her two pet dogs wearing "I'm going to be a big brother" and "I'm going to be a big sister" matching shirts, with the caption, "In honor of "Labor" Day, Ace & Penny would like to make an announcement. Their parents couldn't be happier..."
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With her third studio album out in September, we look at Jennifer Hudson's meteoric rise to the mainstream.
American recording artist and actress Jennifer Hudson will release her third studio album on 22 September, entitled JHUD. With an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Grammy to her name, it’s easy to imagine that Jennifer Hudson has been an unstoppable singing and acting icon for all of her career. But everyone has to start somewhere and it was as an idol, on the singing competition show, American Idol, that Hudson burst into the public’s consciousness.
Jennifer Hudson took a chance on American Idol and got through to the live shows
Of course, appearing on a contest such as American Idol and British versions including The X Factor doesn’t automatically provide you with a steadfast career in the music and entertainment industry, even if you are good.
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