Carrie Underwood is an American country singer, songwriter, and actress. Underwood was launched into the limelight after she emerged winner of American Idol Season 4 in 2005.
Carrie Underwood’s Early Life
Carrie is the youngest child of Carole and Stephen Underwood. Born on March 10, 1983, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Carrie was raised as a real country girl on a farm in rural Checotah. She was born and raised by her mother Carole, an elementary school teacher, and her father, Steve Underwood, a paper mill worker.
The successful songstress is the last of three daughters – Shanna and Stephanie, who are both school teachers in Oklahoma and Tennessee respectively. They, just like their parents, are supportive of their sister’s success.
Speaking about her childhood on her website, Carrie said; “Growing up in the country, I enjoyed things like playing on dirt roads, climbing trees, catching little woodland creatures and, of course, singing.”
A practicing Christian, Carrie sang at her local First Free Will Baptist Church Choir. She also performed outside the church at Robbins Memorial Talent Show and numerous local events.
Fast forward to the age of 14, Carrie’s talent caught the attention of a local admirer who helped her audition and sign a recording deal with Capitol Records in Nashville. However, the contract fell through after a change of leadership at the record label.
Carrie was socially active at Checotah High School where she showed her tomboy side playing in the softball and basketball team as well as becoming one of the cheerleaders. An Honor Society member, Carrie graduated in 2001 as salutatorian.
Her outstanding success in academics made her give up her dream of pursuing a music career, to pursue what she described as a real life in college. She majored in Journalism at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma where she graduated magna cum laude in 2006.
Though she chose not to pursue a career in music, Carrie remained socially active in college singing in varsity shows and even contesting in various beauty pageants. Her post-college jobs included waiting tables, and working at a veterinary clinic and zoo (she is a celebrated vegan).
When the American Idol auditioning came to St. Louis, Missouri in summer 2004, Carrie thought she should give it a try and she blew the judges away. She received the ticket to Hollywood and it would be her first time on a plane. Carrie continued to impress and became a favorite of the strict Simon Cowell who confessed she had all it took to win the competition and even better, an outstanding music career and my! was he right? Carrie Underwood became American Idol Season 4 winner snapping the $1 million recording deal, one year use of a private jet and a Ford Mustang convertible.
Carrie Underwood’s Husband, Kids, And Divorce Rumors
Carrie Underwood married Hockey player Mike Fisher in 2010, two years after they met. Together they have a son Isaiah Michael Fisher born on February 27, 2015.
In 2017, Star magazine’s April 17 issue reported that the singer and her husband were on the verge of ending their marriage because they were drifting apart. This, the report claimed, was due to the fact that the two were “leading separate lives” and that their conflicting schedules have eaten into their marriage beyond repair.
However, Carrie dispelled the rumours via a message on her Instagram page, gushing about her husband. According to her, she and Mike are more loved-up than ever.
Breakthrough And Music Career After American Idol
Carrie launched into the music world with her debut single “Inside Your Heaven” released in July 2005. As expected, it debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100. The song broke many chart records including becoming the only country song to reach the top spot in the 2000 decade. It was certified platinum.
The succeeding album “Some Hearts” topped the country Billboard charts and peaked at #2 on The Billboard 200 selling over 315,000 in its first week and later receiving 7 times platinum certification.
It was the best-selling album of any genre in the States and the best-selling album of any American Idol alum. Other successful singles from the album were “Jesus, Take the Wheel”, “Don’t Forget to Remember Me”, “Before He Cheats” and “Wasted”. For the album, Carrie snapped 2 Grammy Awards, 5 Billboard Awards, and many other coveted awards.
Carrie’s success only soared with her second album “Carnival Ride” which established her as a music star. Her subsequent albums have all reached #1 on The Billboard Charts. She has sold over 65 million records worldwide.
Carrie’s success commercially and on the charts means her tour venues are always packed. She holds corresponding tours for each of her albums which bring in the millions year in, year out.
In 2008, she became the youngest artist to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry and in 2009 into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. Her achievements include but isn’t limited to 17 Billboard Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, 9 American Music Awards, 7 Grammy Awards and 1 Guinness World Record for most #1 hits.
Businesses, Endorsements, and Other Ventures
Carrie made her acting debut in a 2010 episode of “How I Met Your Mother”. Her appearance on the episode boosted its ratings to become the second-highest rated episode of the Season 5. Her incredible portrayal of her role earned her a role in “Soul Surfer” which became her debut film.
Carrie’s worldwide fame meant she wasn’t only going to be successful in her music but also a top preferred choice for brands seeking endorsement partnerships. She has endorsed a plethora of brands appearing in numerous advertisement campaigns. Some of them include Nintendo, Skechers, Almay, Target, Olay, Hershey’s, Nicole by OPI, Pedigree, Vitamin Water and more. Carrie has her own line of fitness clothing in collaboration with Dick’s Sporting Goods called CALIA by Carrie Underwood.
Carrie Underwood’s Income and Earnings
Since she gained star status in 2005, thanks to American Idol, Forbes began following her finances, calculating her earnings from record sales, tours, endorsements and other ventures. Here’s a look at what Underwood has made over the years;
2006/2007 – $7 million
2007/2008 – $9 million
2008/2009 – $14 million
2009/2010 – $13 million
2010/2011 – $20 million
2011/2012 – $5 million
2012/2013 – $31 million
2013/2014 – $10 million
2014/2015 – $8 million
2015/2016 – $26 million
Her earnings for 2016 came from her sold-out tours and Olay endorsements as well as her clothing line. The songstress has earned over $150 million since her career began in 2005 and that figure would only increase. Her 2016 “Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round” has grossed over $30 million from less than 50 shows.
Her outstanding worldwide success as a country musician makes her the richest American Idol alum with a net worth of over $80 million.
Carrie Underwood Feet
Known for her very attractive looks, Carrie Underwood’s feet are definitely not left out. She has one of those long, spotless and sexy feet that men like to go to the beach to watch. Her shoe size is 8 (US) or 42 (EU) or 12 (UK).