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 Gives Us a Peek Into Her Daily Routine [Watch]
Her day is surprisingly normal.
Carrie Underwood Struggles to Move on in ‘Drunk and Hungover'
She can't have the best of both worlds.
10 New Country Music Tours Announced This Week (Sept. 9-15, 2023)
Including runs for Dan + Shay, George Strait, Riley Green and more.
Carrie Underwood's Tour Raises $420K for Tunnel to Towers
Carrie says her fans make the world a better place.
Carrie Underwood Delivers Hits Old and New on 'Today'
She dug deep into her music catalog.
Carrie Underwood's Las Vegas Residency Extends With 18 More Shows
Underwood's 'Reflection: The Las Vegas Residency' will roll on in 2024.
WATCH: Carrie Underwood's New Sunday Night Football Intro Is Here
Did you know Underwood could play drums like that?
Pictures: Carrie Underwood Joins Guns N' Roses In Nashville
Pictures find the country singer and her rock counterpart fully immersed in sweat and song.
LISTEN: Carrie Underwood Reveals New Song, 'Give Her That'
It's one of six new songs featured on her upcoming deluxe album.