Carrie Underwood Bio
Singer/songwriter Carrie Underwood has been performing since childhood, participating in talent shows, singing at church and local events. By fourteen years old she was assisted in going to Nashville and was accepted by a record company before a management change caused the deal to fall through. Underwood doesn’t regret this change in fate, as she believes she was too young to start a career and this gave her time to work on her education and practical work experience. She graduated from Northeastern State University with high honors and a bachelor’s degree in mass communication. During the summer of 2004, while she was still attending NSU, Underwood auditioned for the fourth season of American Idol, and won. Underwood went on to become one of the highest ranked country singers, and the best-selling female country singer for three straight years.
In addition to singing and writing her own songs, Underwood also plays guitar and piano. Underwood has gained massive praise for having both an amazing vocal range and stamina, belting out complex, high-intensity songs for 90-120 minute performances regularly. Her range in genres is impressive well; in addition to her main staple of country and country-pop music, Underwood has dipped into gospel and rock. Underwood claims no direct influence in her work, saying she’s influenced by all music, but her country inspirations are George Strait, Dolly Parton, Randy Travis, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire and Garth Brooks. Of country songs, she claims her main draw is being a storyteller: “I feel like one of the things that sets country music apart from other types of music is the storytelling aspect, […] You can follow the characters, and you can see it all playing out in your head. That’s what I’m drawn to, so that’s what I write, what I pick, and what I want to sing.”
Underwood has released the studio albums Some Hearts, Carnival Ride, Play On, Blow Away, and Storyteller, in addition to a greatest hits compilation album and over thirty singles. She co-headlined for the “American Idols LIVE! Tour 2005” and “Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Carnival Ride Tour” with Keith Urban. Her own tours include “Carrie Underwood: Live 2006,” “Carnival Ride Tour,” “Play On Tour,” “Blown Away Tour,” and “The Storyteller Tour—Stories in the Round.” In addition to her music videos and original run on American Idol, she has been a musical guest for Saturday Night Live, co-hosted the past eight years of the Country Music Association’s awards shows, appeared on The Buried Life, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Blue Bloods, Zendaya: Behind the Scenes, CMT Crossroads, and Nashville as herself, and played characters on How I Met Your Mother, Sesame Street, Soul Surfer, and The Sound of Music Live! Her awards list is impressive, most recently listed as “seven Grammy Awards, seventeen Billboard Music Awards, eleven Academy of Country Music Awards, eight American Music Awards, five Country Music Association Awards” amongst many other nominations and accomplishments.