Carrie Marie Underwood was born March 10, 1983 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. She is a singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005. She would become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMYR Award winner, she has sold 70 million records worldwide and recorded 26 #1 singles,13 of which she co-wrote.
“Inside Your Heaven” was the first single release of Underwood’s career. The song debuted at number one and earned numerous number one spots on various country charts. It sold nearly one million copies and was certified gold by the RIAA and double platinum by the CRIA.
The first album of her career in 2005 “Some Hearts” earned her multiple recognitions. The album was certified eight times platinum by the RIAA. Underwood won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist.
“Carnival Ride” album released in 2007 earned her 2 Grammy’s. “Cowboy Casanova” album released in 2012 earned a Grammy. “Something In The Water” a single from the album of “Blown Away” released in 2014 garnered a Grammy.
“Storyteller” released in 2015, made her the only country artist to have all first five studio albums reach either numbers one or two on the Billboard 200 chart. With her sixth album, “Cry Pretty” 2018, she became the only woman to top the Billboard 200 with four country albums, and had both the biggest week for any album by a woman in 2018 and the best-selling solo female album of the year.
One of the most successful music artists, Underwood has sold 70 million records worldwide. She is the seventh highest-certified female artist of all time on the RIAA’s Top Artists.
Her accolades include 7 Grammy Awards, 11 Billboard Music Awards, 13 American Music Awards, a Guinness world record, 14 ACM Awards, 20 CMT awards, 10 BMI awards and nine CMA Awards. Acclaimed by Rolling Stone as “the female vocalist of her generation of any genre”, she was listed by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2014.
Forbes has declared her the most successful American Idol winner. Billboard named “Some Hearts” the number-one country album of the 2000s and her as the top female artist on its “Best Country Artists of the 2000s” list.
She has been inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Grand Ole Opry, Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. She was awarded The Harmony Award from Nashville Symphony Orchestra.
As of 2019 Carrie Underwood is regarded as one of the most successful artists in any musical genre.
Carrie played The Merritt Mountain Music Festival in 2007.