Rising Star 2005
Carrie Underwood grew up in the country and enjoyed things like playing on dirt roads, climbing trees and singing. She started her musical career at a very early age – singing in church. As she got older, she pushed her mom to take her to local talent shows. In high school she sang at county fairs, school events and church, but focused more on school and graduated second in her class in 2001. She moved on to college at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where she majored in Journalism. She joined Sigma Sigma Sigma and during each summer sang for the local Downtown Country show. In 2005, while at home one weekend, she saw on the news that people were in Cleveland, Ohio sleeping outside in hopes of auditioning for American Idol. She decided to see where else the auditions would be held and found out that the closest place to her home was going to be in St. Louis. After she won the title of American Idol in 2005, she was swept away for talk shows, photo shoots and recording her first album, Some Hearts, that has had several hits including the song the album is named after. Others include I Ain’t In Checotah Anymore and Before He Cheats. In 2007, Carrie was awarded the Grammy for Best New Artist and Best Female Country Vocal Performance for the song Jesus Take the Wheel.