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.
WATCH: Carrie Underwood Surprises CMA Summer Jam w/ Dwight Yoakam
Video from the show shows Underwood and Yoakam performing his 1983 hit "A Thousand Miles From Nowhere."
Carrie Underwood to Re-Release 'My Gift' With Three New Tracks
Savvy fans may recognize each of the three new songs.
Jason Aldean, Carrie Underwood's If I Didn't Love You Lyric Video
The song — Aldean's first from an upcoming 10th studio album — finds the two superstar vocalists trading verses.
Carrie Underwood Sent the Sweetest Gift to Mickey Guyton's Son
Mickey Guyton's baby boy just might be a musician in the making.
LISTEN: Jason Aldean + Carrie Underwood's 'If I Didn't Love You'
Both sides of this former relationship are having trouble moving on — because they still love the other person.
Carrie Underwood + Mike Fisher Celebrate Their 11th Anniversary
How cute are these two lovebirds?!
Carrie Underwood + Mike Fisher's Sweetest Moments [PICTURES]
We all know that country music can't stay away from a good love story, and Underwood and Fisher have offered fans just that through the course of their relationship.
Carrie Underwood + Mike Fisher -- Country's Greatest Love Stories
Just like her hit album, the country superstar has been "blown away" by her husband, former NHL player Mike Fisher.