|Age/Date of Birth:||March 10, 1983|
|Height:||5 ft 3 in or 160 cm|
|Net Worth:||$140 million|
|Husband or Boyfriend:||Mike Fisher (2010-Present)|
|Parents:||Stephen Underwood and Carole Underwood|
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. Her sisters are 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.
Education and Career Leap through American Idol
Carrie was socially active at Checotah High School where she showed her tomboy side, playing in the softball and basketball teams, as well as becoming one of the cheerleaders. An Honor Society member, Carrie graduated in 2001 as a 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 take to win the competition and even better, an outstanding music career.
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.
Exploits after Winning 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, becoming the only country song to reach the top spot in the 2000 decade. It was certified platinum.
The album that followed, “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 millions of dollars 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 aren’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.
Income from Record Sales Has Contributed Most to Her $140 Million Net Worth
No one needs to be told that most of Carrie Underwood’s wealth came from her music career. So far, she has released 7 studio albums and all of them have pulled great figures. Her debut album made history as the fastest-selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history.
She released her second album titled Carnival Ride in 2007, it debuted at the top spot on the Billboard 200 charts and has been certified Platinum four times. Play On followed in 2009 and was certified Platinum thrice in the US. She dropped Blown Away in 2012 and it debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and also attained Platinum certification twice.
2015’s Storyteller was her 5th studio album and it has been certified Platinum. It was followed by Cry Pretty in 2018 which saw Carrie became the first woman to have four number one country album on the Billboard 200 chart. Her first greatest hits album released in 2014 was also certified platinum.
In all, it is estimated that the country singer has sold over 65 million records across the globe. Given that figure, it is easy to see how income from her musical career made her a multi-millionaire.
Earnings from Tours and Concerts
The financial benefits of being a musician go beyond income from record sales to include earnings from tours and concerts. This is true for Carrie Underwood as she has headlined multiple tours to promote her albums and has performed on many prestigious stages like in 2010 when she performed the National Anthem for Super Bowl XLIV. Her first headlining tour was 2006’s Carrie Underwood: Live in Concert which promoted her debut album.
After that, she had the Carnival Ride Tour in 2008 and the Play On Tour (2010 – 2011) before the Blown Away Tour which was her first worldwide tour. The latter grossed over $52 million and since then she has headlined the Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round (2016) and Cry Pretty Tour 360 (2019). The former grossed over $56 million and it was estimated that the latter pulled at least $50 million.
Disregarding the above, the country singer has co-headlined several tours like the Ripcord World Tour in 2016 and the Country to Country tour with Tim McGraw in 2013.
Carrie Underwood Has Also Made Money from Acting and Writing
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 5th Season. Her incredible performance earned her a role in “Soul Surfer” which became her debut film.
As the years roll by, she has appeared in multiple series and TV specials like “The Sound of Music Live!”, “Nashville”, and “Kennedy Center Honors”. Without a doubt, the film and television roles she has pulled off have contributed to her wealth in no small manner, the same can be said about her writing effort.
It was in March 2020 that the singer published her first book titled “Find Your Path”. Debuting at the second spot on the How-To and Miscellaneous list, the book became a New York Times bestseller, enlarging Carrie’s wealth.
She Owns a Fitness Clothing Line and Has Multiple Endorsements Deals
Carrie’s worldwide fame has seen her become a top preferred choice for brands seeking endorsement partnerships. She has endorsed a plethora of brands as much as she has featured in numerous advertisement campaigns.
Some of them include Nintendo, Skechers, Almay, Target, Olay, Hershey’s, Nicole by OPI, Pedigree, Vitamin Water, and much more. In January 2014, she made a pact with Almay and Nicole by OPI to serve as their brand ambassador and help launch new nail lacquers, respectively.
The singer has also leveraged her popularity to launch a line of fitness clothing in collaboration with Dick’s Sporting Goods. It is called CALIA by Carrie Underwood. While it may be hard to tell what she has earned from endorsement deals and the clothing line, there is no doubt that they are good sources of income for the singer.
An Overview of Underwood’s Sources of Income
- Record Sales
- Tours and Concerts
- Endorsement Deals
- Clothing Line
An Inside Look at Her Earnings Over the Years
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
- 2016/2017 – Est. 7 million
- 2017/2018 – Est. 11 million
- 2018/2019 – $17.5 million
- 2019/2020 – Undetermined
Tracing How Her Net Worth Has Grown Over the Last Decade
The songstress has earned at least $200 million since her career began in 2005. Her outstanding worldwide success as a country musician makes her the richest American Idol alum with a net worth estimated at $140 million. Carrie hasn’t always been that rich. Below is a breakdown of how her wealth increased over the last decade.
- 2010 – $25 million
- 2011 – $30 million
- 2012 – $37 million
- 2013 – $45 million
- 2014 – $55 million
- 2015 – $60 million
- 2016 – $70 million
- 2017 – $85 million
- 2018 – $105 million
- 2019 – $130 million
- 2020 – $140 million
The Singer Spends a Great Deal of Her Wealth on Real Estate and Charity
In 2010, the same year that the singer got married, she and her husband bought a mansion in Ottawa, Canada. Even though it is hard to tell how much they acquired it, they later put it up for sale asking $2.2 million. The couple owns a cottage in Nashville and in 2020, they sold their Brentwood Tennessee home for $1,410,000. It is said that she acquired the 7,000-square-foot home in 2007.
Even though the singer can afford to indulge in some reckless spending, she doesn’t. She has kept her lifestyle simple and has supported many charitable causes through her Checotah Animal, Town & School Foundation which was established in 2009.
Her foundation donated $350,000 to the Checotah schools during the 2011 holiday season. That same year, she donated $140,125 to Save the Children. The musician has made it a duty to donate a portion of the proceeds from her tours to charity. For instance, she donated $1 million out of the earnings from her Blown Away Tour to the Red Cross. This was in support of the relief efforts towards the Oklahoma tornado.
Carrie Underwood Has Been Married to Mike Fisher Since 2010
- Full Name: Michael Andrew Fisher
- Date of Birth: June 5, 1980
- Occupation: Former professional ice hockey player
- No. of Kids: Two Sons (With Carrie Underwood)
Carrie Underwood’s husband is almost as popular as his wife. A Canadian who became a citizen of the United States in March 2019, Mike Fisher will always be recognized for his time as a professional ice hockey player. He played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Ottawa Senators and the Nashville Predators after he was drafted by the former in the second round of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
He retired in August 2017 after leading the Predators to the 2017 Stanley Cup Finals which they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins. On his retirement, Mike made history as the first captain of the Predators to retire with the team.
But as fate would have it, he came out of retirement to get another shot at the Stanley Cup in 2018 with the Predators. Thereafter, he retired again in May 2018.
The Couple Met in 2008 at One of Underwood’s Concerts
Given where they met, it is natural for one to conclude that Mike Fisher has been a big fan of the famous American singer before they started dating. As the story goes, the couple met in 2008; they met backstage after Carrie’s concert and were reportedly introduced to each other by a mutual friend.
Things happened very fast for the two as they started dating that year and were ready to take the relationship to the next level the following year. They got engaged in December 2009 after Fisher popped the big question with a yellow diamond that cost him $150,000.
Carrie and Mike wasted no time in getting married. This happened on the 10th of July 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia.
And are Now Parents to Two Sons
The couple had a hard time with childbearing. In an emotional interview in 2018, the country music star disclosed that she had suffered three miscarriages in the last two years. Nonetheless, they are proud parents of two sons.
Isaiah Michael Fisher
- Date of Birth: February 27, 2015
- Occupation: Undetermined
It emerged sometime in September 2014 that Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher are expecting their first child together. On the 27th of February 2015, they welcomed their first child, a son named Isaiah Michael Fisher.
Isaiah is still a lad; so, only time can tell if he would pursue a career in the entertainment industry like his mom or follow the path of his father and become an athlete.
Jacob Bryan Fisher
- Date of Birth: January 21, 2019
- Occupation: Undetermined
After suffering three miscarriages, Carrie Underwood and her husband welcomed another son. Their second child was born on the 21st of January 2019 and was named Jacob Bryan Fisher. Jacob is busy being nurtured by his parents. He has a lot of growing up to do and wouldn’t concern himself with any discussion about what his future would be.
Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher Divorce Rumors
Sometime in 2017, it circulated online that the singer and her husband were on the verge of ending their marriage because they were drifting apart. It was claimed that they were no longer enthusiastic about being together as they were “leading separate lives”. And, that their conflicting schedules have eaten into their marriage beyond repair.
Carrie dispelled the rumors via a post on Instagram, gushing about her husband. According to her, she and Mike are more loved-up than ever. Also, time has proved the claims to be false as the two are still married and very much in love. During the 2020 COVID-19 lockdown, as the singer related, she realized that her marriage to Fisher is very solid.
According to the singer, Fisher told her he likes her. Confused by the proclamation as they had been married for 10 years and with two kids, Carrie asked Fisher to explain what he meant. With that, the former professional ice hockey center explained that he loves Carrie but that the lockdown experience has made him realize that he likes her too. For Carrie, this was very significant as it assured her that her marriage isn’t troubled.
|Also Known As:||N/A|
|Profession:||Singer, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, author and actress|
|Famous For:||Emerging winner of the fourth season of American Idol in 2005|
|Colleges/Universities Attended:||Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma|
|Educational Qualifications:||Bachelor's degree in mass communication and an emphasis in journalism|
|Birthday & Zodiac
|Age/Date of Birth:||March 10, 1983|
|Birth Place:||Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States|
|Country of Residence: ||USA|
|Height:||5 ft 3 in or 160 cm|
|Weight:||53 kg to 117 pounds|
|Eye Colour:||Dark Brown|
|Other Body Measurements:||34-23-33 in or 86-58.5-84 cm (bust, waist, and hips)|
|Spouse/Partner:||Mike Fisher (2010-Present)|
|Family and Relatives
|Children:||sons Isaiah Michael Fisher (b. February 27, 2015) and Jacob Bryan Fisher (b. 2019)|
|Siblings:||Shanna Underwood (Older Sister), Stephanie Underwood (Older Sister)|
|Estimated Net Worth:||$140 million|
|Source of Wealth:||Her music and acting careers, endorsement deals, book sales,|