Carrie Underwood

Carrie Marie Underwood (born March 10, 1983) is an American country singer and songwriter from Checotah, Oklahoma. She rose to fame as the winner of the fourth season of American Idol. She has since become a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a multiple Grammy Award winner, was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, and is the reigning Academy of Country Music Awards Entertainer of The Year.


Her debut album, Some Hearts, was certified seven times platinum, is the fastest selling debut country album in Nielsen SoundScan history. and is also the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history. Some Hearts yielded three number one hits on the Billboard Country charts in the United States and Canada: "Jesus, Take the Wheel", "Wasted", and her biggest hit to date, "Before He Cheats", and the #2 hit "Don't Forget To Remember Me."


Her second album, Carnival Ride, was released on October 23, 2007. It has so far sold over 2.9 million copies, and produced four number one country hits on the Billboard Country charts, "So Small", "All-American Girl", "Last Name", and "Just a Dream", and the #2 hit "I Told You So." Underwood has sold over 9.8 million albums in the United States. She is also the first country artist in history to achieve nine number one singles from her first two albums on the Country Charts.


Underwood is set to release her third album, Play On, on November 3, 2009. Her first single on the album, "Cowboy Casanova", was released to country radio on September 14, 2009. Underwood now has the most top 10s on the country chart with the advance of "Cowboy Casanova," among solo women this decade, followed by Faith Hill and Martina McBride each with 9. Prior to the release of her third album, "Play On," three promotional singles were made available by iTunes. "Mama's Song" released on October 12 followed by "Temporary Home" which was released on October 20 and "Undo It" released on October 27. Billboard.com also will post a 60 second clip of each song being released on iTunes.


In 2009, Underwood was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.


Biography


Early life

Carrie Marie Underwood was born to Stephen and Carole Underwood in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and was raised on her parents' farm in the rural town of Checotah, Oklahoma. She has two older sisters, Shanna and Stephanie. Her father, Stephen, worked in a saw mill while her mother was an elementary school teacher. During her childhood, Underwood had performed at Robbins Memorial Talent Show while also singing at the Free Will Baptist Church and later on for local events in Checotah, including Old Settler's Day and the Lion's Club. In 1996, she was in the process of getting a contract with Capitol Records, but the deal was canceled when the recording company's management changed.


Education

Underwood graduated from Checotah High School in 2001 as salutatorian. After high school, she attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, graduating magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and an emphasis in journalism. Underwood is a member of the Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. For two years during the summer, she performed in Northeastern State University's Downtown Country show in Tahlequah. She also competed in numerous beauty pageants at the university and was selected as Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.


American Idol
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In the summer of 2004, Underwood auditioned for American Idol in St. Louis. After Underwood sang "Could've Been" by Tiffany on the top 12 girls night, judge Simon Cowell commented that she would be one of the favorites to win the competition. 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 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." On May 25, 2005, Underwood was crowned the winner of the fourth season of American Idol.


Underwood came back the next season of American Idol to perform her single "Jesus Take The Wheel". She also appeared on the sixth season of American Idol. She sang her single "Wasted" on March 8, making this her fourth time performing on the show since winning the competition in 2005. Underwood also performed at the Idol Gives Back concert singing her new song, "I'll Stand By You", (a cover of the Pretenders hit) along with Kelly Clarkson, Rascal Flatts, and others. Underwood sang the same song at American Idol's season finale on May 23, 2007. Underwood sang "Praying For Time", a former number one for George Michael, during the seventh season American Idol Gives Back mini-marathon. She also came back to perform "Last Name" on May 21, 2008, for the finale of the seventh season of American Idol. She returned again for season 8 on Wednesday, March 18 to perform a duet with Randy Travis with her single "I Told You So", a song Randy Travis wrote for his 1987 album Always & Forever. Underwood was back again on Tuesday, May 19, 2009, to perform the farewell song of Season 8, "Home Sweet Home".


Performances/results
Week
Theme
Song
Original artist
Result
Auditions
Contestant's Choice
"I Can't Make You Love Me"
Bonnie Raitt
Advanced
Hollywood Round 1
Contestant's Choice
"Young Hearts Run Free"
Candi Staton
Advanced
Top 50
Contestant's Choice
"Independence Day"
Martina McBride
Advanced
Semi-Finals 1
Contestant's Choice
"Could've Been"
Tiffany
Safe
Semi-Finals 2
Contestant's Choice
"Piece of My Heart"
Janis Joplin
Safe
Semi-Finals 3
Contestant's Choice
"Because You Love Me"
Jo Dee Messina
Safe
Top 12
Song of the 1960s
"When Will I Be Loved"
The Everly Brothers
Safe
Top 11
Billboard Number Ones
"Alone"
Heart
Safe
Top 10
1990s
"Independence Day"
Martina McBride
Safe
Top 9
Classic Broadway
"Hello Young Lovers"
from The King and I
Safe
Top 8
Year They Were Born
"Love Is a Battlefield"
Pat Benatar
Safe
Top 7
1970s Dance Music
"MacArthur Park"
Richard Harris (1968) before Donna Summer (1978)
Safe
Top 6
21st Century
"When God-Fearin' Women Get the Blues"
Martina McBride
Safe
Top 5
Lieber & Stoller

Current Billboard Chart
"Trouble"

"Bless the Broken Road"
Elvis Presley

Rascal Flatts
Safe
Top 4
Country

Gamble & Huff
"Sin Wagon"

"If You Don't Know Me By Now"
Dixie Chicks

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Safe
Top 3
Clive Davis' Choice

Contestant's Choice

Judge's Choice: Randy Jackson
"Crying"

"Making Love out of Nothing at All"

"Man! I Feel Like a Woman!"
Roy Orbison

Air Supply

Shania Twain
Safe
Top 2
Idol Single

Contestant's Choice

Producer's Choice
"Inside Your Heaven"

"Independence Day"

"Angels Brought Me Here"
Carrie Underwood/Bo Bice

Martina McBride

Guy Sebastian
Winner
Underwood is one of very few to have never landed in the Bottom 3 or Bottom 2 joining the ranks of Kelly Clarkson, Clay Aiken, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook and David Archuleta.

Post-Idol


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On February 12, 2009, Underwood appeared with the other six American Idol winners so far at the inauguration of The American Idol Experience at Walt Disney World in Florida. Carrie and the other Idol winners received a microphone-shaped trophy honoring them for winning American Idol. Underwood also took the stage to sing her hit single "All-American Girl" as well as perform a duet of "Go Your Own Way" with fellow winner David Cook.




Career


Some Hearts (2005???2007)
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Underwood performing at the World Arena in 2006.

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 number one 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 number thirty-nine on the Billboard Country Chart in its first week. It eventually reached number one 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. "Don't Forget To Remember Me" is her second number one country single and third number one single overall.


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.


Later that autumn, Underwood's third country single, "Before He Cheats", hit number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs, staying there for 5 consecutive weeks, marking Underwood's third country number one hit and her fourth number one hit all together. The song peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, achieving the slowest climb ever to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, breaking the record that was previously held by Creed from July 2000. After a year of release, the single still remains in the Billboard charts. To promote "Before He Cheats", Underwood performed it at the 40th Annual Country Music Association Awards on November 6, 2006, and later won both the Horizon Award for new country artists and Female Vocalist. Underwood's double win is the first time since 1995 that an artist won both the female vocalist and Horizon award.


Carrie Underwood performs for US Army Troops on a USO tour in Iraq.

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 April 11, 2007, Underwood continued her streak of top Country singles with the release of "Wasted". The song peaked at number one on the Hot Country Songs Chart, and number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video for Wasted debuted at number 2 on the GACTV Top 20 Countdown. At the 2007 CMT Awards in Nashville, Tennessee on April 16, Underwood was nominated for three awards, including Video of the Year, Female Video of the Year, and Video Director of the Year, all for "Before He Cheats." She won in all of the three categories. She also performed there, singing "Before He Cheats".


In early April, Underwood took a break from working on her second album to take a trip to South Africa for American Idol's "Idol Gives Back" charity special. A music video package from her trip aired on the show April 25. Underwood recorded an acoustic version of The Pretenders' classic "I'll Stand By You," which served as the music bed for this American Idol video package. Underwood also appeared in Brad Paisley's latest album, 5th Gear, on a song entitled "Oh Love" (co-written by Gordie Sampson, Hillary Lindsey and Aimee Mayo). Aside from those activities, she also performed "Before He Cheats" and "Wasted" at the CMA Music Festival.


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 artist ever to have two songs hit Platinum Mastertone status (together with "Before He Cheats", which has been certified earlier in 2007.


Underwood also had her film soundtrack debut song "Some Hearts" which was played during the ending credits of Aquamarine.


Carnival Ride (2007???2009)

Underwood's second album, Carnival Ride, was released on October 23, 2007. "So Small", the first single from the album, was released on July 31, 2007. On Carnival Ride, Underwood was more involved in the songwriting process than on the debut; she set up a writers retreat at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium to collaborate with such Music Row tunesmiths as Hillary Lindsey, Craig Wiseman, Rivers Rutherford, and Gordie Sampson. Carnival Ride was certified double platinum as of December 14, 2007.


Underwood made her second vocal performance in a film with a song entitled "Ever Ever After" for the Disney movie Enchanted. In the music video for the song, she appears as both animated and live action, much like the characters in the movie. Underwood's name was also mentioned in the Disney Channel series, "Hannah Montana." She appeared on Christmas at Rockefeller Center on November 28, 2007. She also appeared on the holiday CD Hear Something Country Christmas 2007 that featured many other country artists, with a rendition of "Do You Hear What I Hear?". Since then, the song has reached #2 on the AC Chart, and held it for 3 consecutive weeks, making her best AC hit to date.


Underwood was named as Billboard's best country artist of the Billboard year 2007, and in December 2007 over 1,000,000 People magazine readers named "Before He Cheats" as the song of the year. Underwood performed "Flat on the Floor", "All-American Girl", and "Before He Cheats" on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2008. "All-American Girl", her second single, also reached number 1 on the Billboard country charts.


In January 2008, Underwood embarked on a joint tour with Keith Urban named the Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Carnival Ride Tour, with dates fixed nationwide that continued through April. She appeared on SNL once again on February 23, 2008, where she sang "All-American Girl" and "Flat On The Floor". She became only the eleventh country music star to perform on the show.


On March 15, 2008, during a performance at the Grand Ole Opry House, Underwood was invited by her idol, Randy Travis, who sneaked up on her as she was finishing her version of Travis' song "I Told You So", to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry. She was inducted by Garth Brooks during the May 10, 2008 edition of the Opry at the Grand Ole Opry House. At the age of 26, she is currently the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry.


On April 9, 2008, Underwood went on to perform a rendition of George Michael's "Praying for Time" on the second Idol Gives Back.


On May 19, 2008, Underwood opened the 43rd Annual Country Music Association Awards with her new single that topped the charts "Last Name" and later went on to win top Female Vocalist for the second consecutive year. On May 21, she performed "Last Name" again on the season finale of American Idol. The single later reached number one on the Hot Country Song chart, making the third single to reach #1 from Carnival Ride, her sixth consecutive number one on the Hot Country Chart and her seventh straight country single number one, and her eighth number one single overall. This made Underwood the first female artist to have two consecutive albums each release three number-ones on this chart since 1998. Shania Twain was the last to accomplish the feat, with The Woman in Me and Come on Over.


Her single, "Just a Dream" was released on July 21, 2008. For the chart week of November 8, 2008, the song became her ninth number one, her seventh consecutive number one on the Hot Country Chart, and her eighth straight number one country single overall. With that, Underwood became the third female artist in country music history to have released four consecutive Number Ones from the same album with Rosanne Cash's King's Record Shop and Shania Twain's "The Woman in Me" being the other two that have done so.


On September 5, 2008, Underwood joined Ciara, Fergie, Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles, Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis and other country/pop/rock singers in performing a single for the anti-cancer campaign Stand Up to Cancer. The single, called "Just Stand Up", was performed live during the one-hour telethon that aired on all major U.S. television networks. The song was made available on iTunes on September 2.


Underwood received two Country Music Association nominations for the 2008 CMA Awards, Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year: Carnival Ride. The award show was aired on ABC on November 12, 2008, and was hosted by Underwood along with fellow country star Brad Paisley. She walked away with the Female Vocalist of the Year award for the third consecutive time and lost the Album of the Year award to George Strait's Troubadour.


She also has co-written a song for Idol alumni Kristy Lee Cook's major-label debut album Why Wait, called "Not Tonight".


On October 21, 2008, Carnival Ride was re-released as a Wal-Mart exclusive 2-pack with a Christmas CD containing 5 songs including her hit, "Do You Hear What I Hear?"


On October 22, 2008, Times Square got a double dose of Carrie Underwood as she unveiled her wax figure at Madame Tussauds New York. The creation of Underwood???s figure began when a team of Madame Tussauds studio artists flew out to meet Carrie on tour for her figure sitting. Underwood was an enthusiastic participant in the figure making process ??? not only did she spend more than an hour with the studio artists, but she also generously donated a replica of the dress that she wore to the 2006 CMA Awards, when she was first named Female Vocalist of The Year, to Madame Tussauds for her figure to don. ???We are thrilled that Carrie was able to join us today to help unveil her figure. Not only is she a bona fide superstar with fans around the world, but she is also an incredibly kind and generous young woman ??? a true role model for young people today. We know that our guests will love her figure, and we can???t wait for them to see it,??? said Janine DiGioacchino, General Manager of Madame Tussauds New York and Madame Tussauds Washington D. C. Underwood's wax likeness is now part of the attraction's "VIP Room" and is posed in a standing position with hands on hips.


Underwood plans to write more songs for her upcoming third album, as she is "getting more comfortable" with her writing abilities. However, she will not be writing the entire album. The album has an expected release of November 3, 2009.


She performed "I Know You Won't" at the People's Choice Awards on January 7, 2009, where she won in all her nominated categories ??? Favorite Female Artist, a special award celebrating People's Choice Awards' 35th anniversary which is Favorite Star 35 and Under, and Favorite Country Song for "Last Name".


The fifth single "I Told You So" was officially released on February 2, 2009. On March 18, she performed the song live with Randy Travis, who originally recorded the song. It peaked at number two on the Billboard country charts.


On February 11, 2009, The nominees for the 44th Academy of Country Music Awards were announced, and Carrie Underwood was nominated for four major awards, including Top Female Vocalist, Video of the Year for "Just a Dream", Album of the Year for "Carnival Ride" and The Highest honor of the said Award-Giving body, Entertainer Of The Year. Underwood was the only female nominee for this year's Entertainer of the Year, alongside Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney and George Strait. On April 5, 2009 Underwood won her third consecutive Academy Of Country Music Award for Female Vocalist Of the Year, as well as the prestigious trophy for Entertainer Of The Year, thus making her only the 7th female to take the award (previous female winners include Loretta Lynn in 1975, Dolly Parton in 1977, Barbara Mandrell in 1980, Reba McEntire in 1994, Shania Twain in 1999, and most recently Dixie Chicks in 2000) in the award show's 4-decade run.


Underwood recorded a cover of M?Âtley Cr??e's "Home Sweet Home" as the farewell theme song for the eliminated American Idol contestants. It was put up for download on iTunes on March 10, 2009 and was first used on American Idol the following night. A collaboration with M?Âtley Cr??e bassist Nikki Sixx has also recently been confirmed by Sixx himself. On the night before the season finale of American Idol, she performed the song along with Sixx.


Underwood joined Brooks & Dunn, Taylor Swift, Sugarland, and Rascal Flatts in an opening duet to the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards on , 2009. She performed a snippet of "All-American Girl". Later on in the show she took home her third consecutive "Female Vocalist of the Year" award, and made history by becoming only the seventh female to win the prestigious "Entertainer of the Year" Award.


On April 14, she appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show along with other Country stars namely Sugarland, Kenny Chesney and Darius Rucker for the Oprah Country Special. There, she performed her hit single Just a Dream.


Underwood was nominated for Video of the Year at the 2009 CMT Awards for Just a Dream.


Also in 2009, Forbes reported that Underwood is the top earning American Idol alumni from June 2008-May 17, 2009. She earned more than twice as much as the second place finisher with an estimated earnings of $14 million during this time period.


Play On (2009-present)

Underwood will release her third studio album on November 3, 2009 via Arista Nashville. It was revealed by USA Today on August 30, 2009, that the album will be titled Play On, named after one of the songs that will be featured on the album.


It was announced in August 2009 that Underwood was currently writing a song with pop/R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo on the album. Underwood later stated that she wasn't sure if the song fit within the context of the rest of the album, but was confident that "someone, somewhere, will definitely record this song".


The first single from the album, "Cowboy Casanova", co-written by Underwood, Brett James and hip-hop producer Mike Elizondo, was set to be released on September 14, but after a demo of the song was leaked to and played by a Seattle radio station, Underwood decided to release the song late that night. The song's official release is still set for September 14. The song is set to be digitally released on iTunes on September 22.


"Cowboy Casanova" was digitally released on September 22, 2009. The song has been established as the fastest-selling song in the past year of country music, as well as Underwood's fastest-selling song to date.


Carrie Underwood will co-host the 2009 CMA Awards to be held on November 11, with Brad Paisley for a second time. She also received two nominations for Female Vocalist Of The Year and Musical Event Of The Year for I Told You So featuring the original artist Randy Travis. Futhermore, Travis is nominated for song of the year for the song. Also, she is set to perform at the 43rd Annual CMA Awards show, along with Taylor Swift, Kenny Chesney, Brad Paisley, and Keith Urban, according to the Country Music Association.


Underwood was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame on September 18. During the show that followed her induction, Underwood performed Cowboy Casanova. The song was also performed during the CMT Invitation Only episode featuring Underwood. While there, she also debuted three other songs included in the album, Temporary Home, Undo It and Mama's Song. The episode is set to air on Dish network on November 3, and on CMT in December.


Underwood will host a Christmas special on Fox. It's working title is currently "Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special". It will air on December 7, 2009.


Underwood is again nominated in the 2009 American Music Awards for Favorite Female Country Artist, other nominees include Reba McEntire and Taylor Swift. She is also set to perform on stage, airing live November 22 on ABC, along with other Idol stars, like Daughtry, Kelly Clarkson, and Adam Lambert.


Underwood made a promotional stop in Singapore to promote her upcoming album, Play On, to the Asian media. The album will be released on Nov. 2 in Singapore and various parts of Asia, followed by a Nov. 3 release in the United States.


According to press release, Carrie Underwood will head to New York City to celebrate and promote her new album Play On. While in the Big Apple, Underwood will perform on The Late Show with David Letterman on November 2, perform a special outdoor concert at Lincoln Center on Good Morning America on album release day, and will round out her week with a visit to Live with Regis and Kelly on November 5.


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, for a total of four Grammy awards in three years. "Ever Ever After", which she recorded for the soundtrack of the 2007 film Enchanted, was also nominated for a Grammy Award under the category Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.


Personal interests


Underwood receiving a gift from the 25th Infantry Division (Task Force Lightning) after performing in Tikrit, Iraq in December 2006.

In addition to being a singer, Underwood is also a skilled guitar and piano player, and has accompanied herself on guitar during performances of certain songs like "Don't Forget to Remember Me" and "Inside Your Heaven" during some of her live concerts, as well as on the albums. She uses a McPherson guitar with an off-set sound hole. Underwood is an animal lover and a vegetarian. She stopped consuming meat at the age of thirteen as she couldn't stand the thought of eating one of her own animals. She was voted "World's Sexiest Vegetarian" by PETA in 2007 for the second time, the first being in 2005 alongside Coldplay frontman Chris Martin. In a 2007 interview with PETA, Underwood stated, "Ever since I was little I loved animals... If you told me I could never sing again, I'd say that was horrible, but it's not my life. If you told me I could never be around animals again, I would just die." Underwood is a supporter of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and has done several public service announcements for the organization. Furthermore, Carrie has also done a "Protect Your Pets" public service announcement for Do Something.


Underwood also lent her voice to benefit cancer research. She was featured on the 2008 song, Just Stand Up. The proceeds benefited Stand Up to Cancer. As a result of their fund raising efforts, the SU2C scientific advisory committee, overseen by the American Association for Cancer Research was able to award 73.6 million dollars towards novel, groundbreaking research.


A native of eastern Oklahoma, she co-wrote a song dedicated to her hometown, "I Ain't in Checotah Anymore". In December 2005, Underwood was named Oklahoman of the Year by Oklahoma Today. Underwood performed with the USO Christmas Tour in Iraq during the 2006 Holiday season, to spread holiday cheer to the troops overseas. She follows a celebrity entertainment tradition started by Bob Hope that continues to this day. Several Internet sites have photos and video clips of Underwood's performances in Iraq, including photos of Underwood in military garb.


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, 2008 and 2009 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.


Underwood has also stated she has a great interest in sports. In 2005, she performed the "Star-Spangled Banner" at Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the San Antonio Spurs and Detroit Pistons, and in 2006 at the NBA All-Star Game. She also performed the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the NFC Playoff Game between the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers in 2006, as well as at the 2006 edition of NASCAR's Coca-Cola 600, the MLB All Star Game in Pittsburgh, P.A., and at Game 3 of the 2007 World Series between the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies. In 2007 she was seen attending an NHL game between the Nashville Predators and Columbus Blue Jackets alongside fellow American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler, as well as another game between the Los Angeles Kings and Edmonton Oilers. On June 4, 2008, Underwood participated in the 18th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball tournament for charity. The event took place in Nashville, Tennessee and benefited research for life-threatening diseases. On June 11, 2009, Underwood participated in the 19th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball tournament for charity.


In August 2009, Underwood formed the Checotah Animal Town and School (C.A.T.S.) Foundation to benefit her hometown of Checotah, Oklahoma. On August 28, 2009, Underwood visited Checotah High School, where she gave a presentation on stage, sang with a young girl in front of students and school faculty, and donated over $117,000 worth of musical instruments to three music programs at three of Checotah's schools. Underwood later mingled with fans, signing autographs and taking pictures, as well as being interviewed by several local news stations. The story is also scheduled to air on an upcoming episode of Good Morning America.


On October 16, 2009, Underwood performed in Singapore; it is her first public appearance in an Asian country in line of a series of events for the grand opening of the newest shopping attraction in the heart of the city; ION Orchard.


Personal life


Underwood performed at halftime of the 2006 Thanksgiving Day football game at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas and was friends with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. She attended his birthday party in April 2007, and on May 15, 2007, he escorted her to the Academy of Country Music Awards. They were rumored to be dating off and on throughout 2007. Although she denied the rumor when asked, Romo confirmed it. Romo was quoted as saying "...I'm dating Carrie Underwood" on his website. He also told an Illinois newspaper that they were dating.


In August 2007, Underwood began dating Chace Crawford of the American television show Gossip Girl. On October 4, 2007, People magazine reported that the two were seen holding hands in New York City, though according to further reports, they ended their relationship in Spring, 2008.


Underwood is currently dating Ottawa Senators center Mike Fisher. The two met at a concert in Toronto in October 2008, through a "friend of a friend" according to Fisher.. She has been seen at recent Senator games on February 28, 2009. While attending a game against the Nashville Predators, Underwood was briefly caught on camera before ducking out of sight.


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