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 Shares Glimpse of 'Denim & Rhinestones' Tour
Carrie Underwood is getting ready for her 'Denim & Rhinestones' Tour.
Carrie Underwood Stuns With 'Go Rest High' Vince Gill Tribute
Her powerful performance left him visibly emotional.
Carrie Underwood Has a Special Oklahoma Connection to Vince Gill
She found early inspiration from her fellow Okie.
Vince Gill + More Country Stars Walk the 'CMT Giants' Red Carpet
'CMT Giants: Vince Gill' will air Sept. 16.
Carrie Underwood Firing a Handgun Is a Thing [Watch]
The singer can been seen firing five rounds on husband Mike Fisher's Instagram page.
Watch Carrie Underwood's 10th 'Sunday Night Football' Open
Carrie Underwood performs the show's theme, 'Waiting All Day For Sunday Night,' in this dazzling clip.
Carrie Underwood Hops On the 'Teenage Dirtbag' Trend
That's right -- even Carrie Underwood was a 'Teenage Dirtbag' once upon a time.
Carrie Underwood, Dolly Parton Among 2022 GMA Dove Award Nominees
Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts also earned a nomination.
Country Music Memories: Carrie Underwood's 'Idol' Audition
She displayed more than one talent.