Full Name: Carrie Marie Underwood
Date of Birth: March 10, 1983
Born: Checotah, OK
Occupation: Singer, songwriter
Status: Married to Mike Fisher (2010)
Children: 1 (another on the way)
From American Idol to the A-list, singer Carrie Underwood has come a long way from her humble start. The Oklahoma native is a superstar, showing that a reality show can catapult an unknown country girl into the limelight. With a voice that's arguably one of today's best and a look that keeps our eyes glued on the golden goddess, Underwood is the country-pop princess we're glad took home the Idol crown. Here's more to know about Underwood and why she's still America's favorite.
Season 4 Standout
Fans first got a glimpse of Underwood and heard her remarkable sound on Season 4 of American Idol. The country cutie may have been a stranger to the spotlight, but her voice told another story. Even the ever-scowling Simon Cowell couldn't help but smile when Underwood stepped on stage. Underwood was declared the season's winner, making 2005 her breakout year. She went on to record her first single, "Inside Your Heaven," and it debuted at #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 – the first country music single to ever score this debut spot. Underwood was soaring and her flight still hasn't stopped.
Her Top Tunes
Underwood has recorded dozens of songs which showcase her versatility and passion. For fans, it's hard to pick a favorite, but some songs have won the popularity contest. Some of Underwood's most notable hits include "Before He Cheats," "Jesus, Take the Wheel," "Cowboy Casanova," "So Small," "Last Name," and "Cry Pretty." Whether a beautiful ballad or an up-tempo tune, Underwood belts it out with an energetic ease. She's a natural, with talent that's rare and remarkable, always leaving fans wanting for more.
She has won seven Grammys, 10 Billboard Music Awards, 14 Academy of Country Music Awards, 13 AMAs, and more. Space on the shelf is getting slim.
Underwood is married to hockey player Mike Fisher. Engaged in '09, they tied the knot the following year. They have one child and another on the way. Family life is something Underwood shares with her fans, proving her down-to-earth personality hasn't been clouded by fame.
Underwood's style is fashionable and fun. She's sweet and sexy, current and creative. She nails it on the red carpet and takes the stage looking spectacular. Check out some of Underwood's most unbelievable fashion moments.
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