Sunday, May 22, 2011

Carrie Underwood

Born March 10, 1983
Carrie Marie Underwood is an American country pop singer and songwriter. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol, and has become a multi-platinum selling recording artist and a multiple Grammy Award winner.

Carrie Underwood Quotes
"Everybody knows what's going on. Even if they don't watch it they know what's happening."

I haven't gotten a whole lot of chocolate, thank goodness, because I'd probably be about 300 pounds."

"I`m a horror-movie fan: Halloween (1978), A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Friday the 13th (1980)--I freak myself out sometimes when I`m home alone. "

"When I first got to Hollywood. I was just walking around, taking pictures of the palm trees and stuff like that. And this guy walked up to me and asked if I`d seen any stars and I said, "No, it`s been kind of cloudy today."
- Carrie Underwood,

In the summer of 2004, Underwood auditioned for American Idol in St. Louis. During the top 11 finalists' performance on the March 22, 2005, Idol episode, Underwood sang a rendition of the number one 1980s rock hit "Alone" by Heart and judge Simon Cowell predicted that Underwood would not only win the competition, but she would also outsell all previous Idol winners. Underwood is one of five winners never to have been voted in the bottom three (the others being Kelly Clarkson, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, and David Cook); one of the show's producers later said that Underwood dominated the voting, winning each week handily. While on the show, Underwood gained a loyal fan base known as "Carrie's Care Bears." Coincidentally, she was in the same sorority (Sigma Sigma Sigma) as Linda Denham, the creator of the original Care Bears franchise. On May 25, 2005, Underwood was crowned the winner of the fourth season of American Idol.

Underwood's debut album, entitled Some Hearts, was released to store shelves on November 15, 2005, entering the Billboard 200 chart with 315,000 copies sold. The large first week sales of Some Hearts made it #1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and the biggest debut of any country artist since the advent of the SoundScan system in 1991. Some Hearts has since been certified septuple Platinum by the RIAA, and is the fastest-selling debut country album in the history of the SoundScan era.

The album's second single, "Jesus, Take the Wheel" was released to radio on October 18, 2005. It received so much airplay that it debuted at #39 on the Billboard Country Chart in its first week. It eventually reached #1 for six consecutive weeks. The songwriters, Gordie Sampson, Brett James and Hillary Lindsey, were awarded the 2006 Grammy award for Country Song of the Year.

Underwood's third single, "Some Hearts", was only released to Pop, Adult Contemporary and Hot Adult Contemporary stations in October 2005 and peaked in the top 25 on the Hot AC format, while it made the top 15 on the AC Charts. "Don't Forget to Remember Me", the second of Underwood's singles to be released to country radio, her fourth single overall, also proved successful, reaching number one on the Radio & Records Country Chart, number two on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, and number forty-nine on the Hot 100.

Both "Jesus, Take the Wheel" and "Don't Forget to Remember Me" have earned number one spots in Christian radio countdowns. "Jesus, Take the Wheel" won the Gospel Music Association's award for best country single of the year. Underwood performed "Jesus, Take the Wheel" on May 23, 2006, and received a standing ovation at the ACM Awards. She ended up winning Best New Female Vocalist and Single of the year for the song. She was also nominated for Song of the Year and Female Vocalist of the year, but did not win.

On November 21, 2006, Underwood went into the American Music Awards with 2 nominations, that night she left the building winning the Breakthrough Artist of the Year award. She was also nominated for Best Female Country Artist, but did not win in that category. She also attended the "2006 Billboard Music Awards" On December 4, 2006, and took home 5 awards. She won the coveted Album of the Year, Top 200 Female Artist of the Year, Female Country Artist, New Country Artist, and Country Album of the Year. Underwood was nominated for five Academy of Country Music awards in 2007. She was nominated for Best Female Vocalist, Song of the Year, Video of the Year, Album of the Year and Single Record of the Year. She won three of her nominated categories; Album of the Year, Video of the Year, and Female Vocalist of the Year. On March 24, 2007, Underwood was featured as the musical guest on Saturday Night Live with host Peyton Manning. Underwood performed her hit singles "Before He Cheats" and "Wasted"

On August 2008, "Jesus, Take the Wheel" was reported to have been sold more than one million ringtones and was certified Platinum, making Underwood the first country ar
tist ever to have two songs hit Platinum Mastertone status (together with "Before He Cheats", which has been certified earlier in 2007

Victoria's Secret named Underwood the "Sexiest Female Musician". She took the top honors along with Justin Timberlake, who was named the "Sexiest Male Musician". She was also placed on the 2007 and 2008 list of the "Most Beautiful People" by People. Most recently, Underwood was honored as one of three of the most influential entertainers in America at this point in time and was named sexiest female country artist by Country Weekly.

Carrie Underwood has sex appeal, but it's a bit limited. Her sweetness, beauty and country charm certainly don't harm her, but she lacks the kind of sultry edge that makes a woman really sexy. For instance, while she was a contestant on American Idol, Carrie admitted that she "can't buy underwear." If she needs help, we're sure she could find many guys who'd volunteer.

Still, Carrie has some die-hard admirers. She was named the "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" in an online poll by PETA, and she gets her share of marriage proposals on the American Idol message board.

Grammy Awards
On December 7, 2006, Underwood's album Some Hearts received four Grammy nominations. Underwood received two Grammy awards for "Best New Artist" and "Best Female Country Vocal Performance" while "Jesus, Take the Wheel" won "Best Country Song" for the songwriters Gordie Sampson, Brett James and Hillary Lindsey, and received a nomination for "Song of the Year". Underwood's nomination marked the first time that an American Idol winner or contestant had been nominated in the "Best New Artist" category. The award ceremony was held on February 11, 2007, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. She also sang "Life in the Fast Lane" alongside Grammy nominees Rascal Flatts.

On the same occasion, she also sang her cover of "Desperado" to honour Don Henley of The Eagles as her solo act. On February 10, 2008, Underwood was nominated for a combined total of four Grammys including Song of the Year for "Before He Cheats". She won one Grammy Award that night, for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and her song won for Best Country Song both for her hit, "Before He Cheats". Underwood also performed "Before He Cheats" on the Grammy Awards, with a more powerful vocal ending.

On February 8, 2009, Underwood, for the third year in a row, won the Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for "Last Name", which she performed during the show. "Ever Ever After", which she performed for the soundtrack of the 2007 film Enchanted, was also nominated for a Grammy Award.

Concert tours
* American Idols LIVE! Tour 2005
* Carrie Underwood: Live 2006
* Craven Country Jambouree (2007)
* Carnival Ride Tour (2008)


1. "CMT Top 20 Countdown" (13 episodes, 2007-2009)
- Episode dated 20 March 2009 (2009) TV episode (performer: "I Told You So")
- Episode dated 13 March 2009 (2009) TV episode (performer: "I Told You So")
- Episode dated 6 March 2009 (2009) TV episode (performer: "I Told You So")
- Episode dated 27 February 2009 (2009) TV episode (performer: "I Told You So")
- Episode dated 3 January 2008 (2008) TV episode (performer: "So Small")
(8 more)
2. "American Idol: The Search for a Superstar" (1 episode, 2009)
... aka "American Idol 2" (USA: promotional title)
... aka "American Idol 3" (USA)
... aka "American Idol 4" (USA: fourth season title)
... aka "American Idol" (USA: new title)
- Live Results Show: One Contestant Eliminated (2009) TV episode (performer: "I Told You So")
3. New in Town (2009) (performer: "That's Where It Is")
4. The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards (2009) (TV) (performer: "I Know You Won't")
5. "Saturday Night Live" (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
... aka "NBC's Saturday Night" (USA: complete title)
... aka "SNL 25" (USA: alternative title)
... aka "SNL" (USA: informal title)
... aka "Saturday Night Live '80" (USA: sixth season title)
... aka "Saturday Night" (USA: first season title)
- Tina Fey/Carrie Underwood (2008) TV episode (performer: "All-American Girl", "Flat on the Floor")
- Peyton Manning/Carrie Underwood (2007) TV episode (performer: "Before He Cheats", "Wasted")
6. "Grand Ole Opry" (1 episode, 2007)
... aka "Opry Live!" (USA: short title)
- Best Opry Moments of 2007 (2007) TV episode (performer: "Before He Cheats")
7. Movies Rock (2007) (TV) (performer: "The Sound of Music" (1959))
8. 41st Annual Country Music Association Awards (2007) (TV) (performer: "So Small")
... aka 41st Annual CMA Awards (USA: informal title)
9. Enchanted (2007) (performer: "Ever Ever After") ("Ever Ever After")
10. The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration of the Performing Arts (2006) (TV) (performer: "Islands in the Stream")

Nickname:Care Bear
Birthname:Carrie Marie Underwood
Hookups:Tony Romo
Assets:Beautiful voice, great legs,drop dead gorgeous
Vices:Collecting bunnies, vegetarianism
Job:Country Singer
Hobbies:Eating pizza, attending church, watching Star Trek
Country of Origin:United States
Genre(s): Country pop
Instrument(s): Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active : 2004–present
Label(s) : Arista Nashville
Associated acts : Brad Paisley, Randy Travis, Keith Urban, Kellie Pickler, Nikki Sixx
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