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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.
The Country Music Television awards had some pretty stand-out moments.
Carrie Underwood reigned at this year's CMT Music Awards on Sunday night (June 5th 2016), taking home two awards out of the three she was nominated for and giving an immense performance of her latest single. Five other artists also took home awards for the seven categories.
Carrie Underwood takes home two awards at the CMT Music Awards
Unsurprisingly, 33-year-old Carrie Underwood's Canadian Country Chart topper 'Smoke Break' has landed her Female Video Of The Year at the Country Music Television awards, with her performance on the TV series 'Instant Jam' earning her CMT Performance Of The Year. The singer also wowed the audience with a rendition of her brand new single 'Church Bells', taken from her number one fifth album 'Storyteller'.
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Rumours about Blake Shelton dating Gwen Stefani were confirmed just before the CMAs - was Shelton trying to 'win the break-up' after his divorce from Miranda Lambert?
On the same night that Shelton was on the receiving end of quite a few jokes about his recent divorce from Miranda Lambert at the Country Music Awards, TMZ reported that the rumours about him going out with Stefani (who also recently split up with her husband, and the father of her three children, Gavin Rossdale) were true.
Just before the CMAs started, Shelton's publicist confirmed that he is dating Gwen Stefani
Continue reading: Blake Shelton Is Officially Dating Gwen Stefani
In an interview with Seth Meyers, Shelton said that his divorce from Miranda Lambert would be the "elephant in the room" at the CMAs.
The 39 year old was interviewed on NBC’s ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ on Tuesday (October 27th), and revealed that he’s prepared for a few laughs at his expense, after he and his ex-wife Lambert, 31, announced their split earlier this summer. The ceremony is taking place on November 4th at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, and will be hosted by Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley.
Blake Shelton with Miranda Lambert at the Grammys in 2015
The country singer adds 40 dates to her 2016 tour schedule.
Exciting news is just coming all at once for Carrie Underwood fans this month. Not only has she just unveiled her hugely anticipated fifth studio album 'Storyteller', but she's also announced a mega 40 date tour across North America for 2016 in addition to the festival dates already revealed.
Carrie Underwood is about to hit the road again
From January 30th, the Grammy winning country star will be travelling all over the US and Canada for her first 360-degree set of performances i.e. whereby the stage will be placed in the middle of the audience. She'll be hitting some of the biggest arenas in North America with special guests including Mercury Nashville signee Easton Corbin and 'The Voice' finalists the Swon Brothers.
The country star first found fame on the reality competition back in 2005.
Country star Carrie Underwood has described her time on ‘American Idol’ as, “the most horrifying thing.” The 32 year old shot to fame after winning the fourth season of the reality series in 2005, but says the experience of competing on the Fox show was scary, as she was all by herself for the first time.
Carrie Underwood has described her time on ‘American Idol’ as “the most horrifying thing.”
Speaking to Parade magazine, Underwood said, “Idol was probably the most horrifying thing, because I had never been away from my hometown like that before. I was in L.A., of all places, by myself, putting myself out there, which is a scary thing for anybody to do."
The nominations for the 2015 Country Music Awards have been announced.
The nominations for the 49th Annual Country Music Awards have been announced. Kelsea Ballerini and Steven Tyler made the announcement on Wednesday morning (9th September) whilst appearing on Good Morning America. Eric Church and Little Big Town have received the most nominations – five each with two in the same category as one another.
Eric Church at the 2015 CMA Music Festival LP in Nashville, June 2015.
Continue reading: Eric Church & Little Big Town Top 2015 Country Music Award Nominations
Carrie Underwood’s dogs were up to mischief yesterday when they locked themselves and her four-month-old baby in the car!
Carrie Underwood took to Twitter on Saturday (11th July) to share details of her terrifying morning. The country music star was forced to break into her own car after her four-month-old son and dogs were accidentally locked inside.
Carrie Underwood was forced to break into her own car on Saturday morning.
Continue reading: Carrie Underwood Broke Into Her Own Car To Rescue Her Son & Dogs
The reality show made its debut way back in 2002, and after fifteen seasons Fox is set to pull the plug.
At one point it was the most popular reality in U.S. TV history, but ‘American Idol’ is coming to an end. Fox announced today that the upcoming fifteenth season would be the final one.
At the peak of its popularity, ‘American Idol’ was watched by more than 30 million viewers, and helped launch the careers of the likes of Kelly Clarkson, Jordin Sparks and Carrie Underwood. However, its ratings have waned over recent years, and Fox have decided to pull the plug.
Kelly Clarkson won the first season of 'American Idol' in 2002
Continue reading: Fox Announces Next Season Of 'American Idol' Will Be The Last
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.
Continue reading: Carrie Underwood - Greatest Hits: Decade #1 Album Review
Date of birth
10th March, 1980
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This week is proof that you can't out-gym a crappy diet! I keep working out, but I keep eating chips & drinking margaritas! #gettingfluffy
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With the passing of each decade, the music industry is constantly set alight by the...