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's Easter Livestream Raises $100K
The hour-long performance featuring songs from Underwood's new 'My Savior' album is still available on Facebook.
'Idol' Hopeful Alyssa Wray Sparkles w/ a Carrie Underwood Cover
Wray's Easter Sunday cover of 'Something in the Water' wowed the judges.
Hillary Scott Almost Recorded a Carrie Underwood Hit
Sometimes things just work out the way they're supposed to.
Carrie Underwood's Mom Shares Why She 'Hated' Talent Shows
"She might be crying before she would get up there to sing, but she did it."
Carrie Underwood Stuns With 'Just as I Am' and 'Victory in Jesus'
"Carrie, there is nobody like you," 'Today' co-host Hoda Kotb professes.
Carrie Underwood to Perform With David Bisbal at the Latin AMAs
She's "thrilled" at the opportunity.
Behind the Song: Loretta, Reba + Carrie, 'Still Woman Enough'
Yes, her 2002 autobiography inspired it.
13 Things You Might Not Know About Carrie Underwood
New stories about her childhood, her obsessions and her strange body marks are included in this collection of facts.
Carrie Underwood Plans Livestream to Celebrate 'My Savior' Album
She'll spend her Easter Sunday at the Ryman Auditorium.