Carrie Underwood grew up in Checotah, Okla., as the youngest of three sisters. She performed in local talent shows, earning the attention of Capitol Records when she was just 14 years old, although she never actually signed a contract. After becoming salutatorian of her high school class in 2001, Underwood attended Northeastern State University, majoring in mass communications, and graduated magna cum laude in 2006, one year after being crowned the Season 4 winner of ‘American Idol.’ When Underwood was auditioning for ‘Idol,’ judge Simon Cowell predicted she would outsell every previous winner of the competition — and she remains the best-selling contestant on the show, with more than 14 million albums sold in the United States.
When Faith Hill made "This Kiss" popular in 1998, she may as well have been singing for the whole genre. Country artists like their kisses -- and they aren't shy about it either. Plenty of them have been caught smooching on camera for the whole world to see.
There's no denying that family is important to country artists, and while dads, siblings and extended family members often play just as big a role in country singers' lives, right now, we're celebrating the moms.
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