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.
Which New Country Album Are You Excited for in March 2021?
It should be a good month.
Carrie Underwood Leads List of ACM Awards Nomination Snubs
It's been a while since something like this happened.
LISTEN:Carrie Underwood, CeCe Winans, 'Great Is Thy Faithfulness'
Carrie Underwood's gospel album, 'My Savior', includes a duet with a gospel legend.
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For some, it's been almost 20 years!
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Be still, my heart!
Carrie Underwood's 'Softly and Tenderly' Is Simple and Pure
Carrie Underwood shows off her vocal range on her new version of the gospel hymn "Softly and Tenderly," though she does so in a more understated way than on some of her biggest hits.
Carrie Underwood Reveals 'My Savior' Tracklisting, Including Duet
Her new album will include songs like "How Great Thou Art," "The Old Rugged Cross" and "Softly and Tenderly."