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.
Carrie Underwood Joins Guns N' Roses Live in London [Watch]
They performed two all-time classics.
WATCH: Carrie Underwood Brings Two New Songs to 'GMA'
Her denim and rhinestone outfit tracks with the album.
Carrie Underwood Laughs Off Sons' Wild Opry Dancing: 'Crazy Boys'
"I don't know if they care too much," Underwood says about her two sons interest in her music.
Carrie Underwood's Kids Spotted 'Breakdancing' During Opry Show
As she sings, Jacob and Isaiah shuffle, shift and hop up and down.
Carrie Underwood Is Supporting Veterans With Her Upcoming Tour
The foundation takes care of veterans and first responders.
Carrie Underwood Had a Snake Encounter That Left Her 'Shaking'
She used her mom voice on him.
Carrie Underwood Remembers Deborah McCrary as 'the Anchor'
"She was always kind … always professional … the anchor in whatever it was we were singing."
HunterGirl on Working With Carrie Underwood: 'I Lost My Mind'
How else would she feel when performing for such a superstar?
Read Carrie Underwood's Journal From Her 'American Idol' Win
"I still feel the excitement through the pages!"