Carrie Underwood spills about her year, and the rumors surrounding her face injury
In an interview with Redbook, country music star Carrie Underwood dished about her year, and the rumors surrounding her face injury.
Carrie Underwood became a household name during her successful stint on “American Idol” before he was a Grammy Award-winning powerhouse.
The singer grew up in Oklahoma and joked about her “American Idol” audition that she had never been in an airplane, until she was admitted to the reality of the competition. Things have certainly changed for Underwood, who is one of the most successful country singers today, and perhaps the most successful “American Idol” alum. All of the singer’s albums have been commercial hits, including her debut album, her as America’s next country superstar.
Here is a glimpse into Underwood’s career, from an unknown singer, a country music superstar.
Underwood grew up in Oklahoma and graduated as salutatorian of her high school, to the South of the Life. Her mother was an elementary school teacher and her father was a sawmill worker. Underwood told the PBS Kids she did a lot of volunteering at university and was in a sorority when she went to Northeastern State University. The future country music star pulled out of classes to audition for the reality show who then changed her life, Taste of Country reported.
‘American Idol’ audition
Underwood auditioned for Season 4 of “American Idol” in 2004, when she was 21 years old. Wearing a pink shirt and jeans, she sang Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make you Love Me” for judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
Cowell said Underwood was “very good”, while Jackson said she was “excellent.” The jury gave her the green light to proceed to the next phase of the competition.
Underwood said after her audition that she was excited to fly in an airplane and was going to miss her animals. She also said that she did not know what to expect from Hollywood with the exception of what they see on television.
“I’ve never been on a plane before and this country girl goes to Hollywood!” Underwood said. Her audition episode broadcast on TV in the beginning of 2005.
‘American Idol’ winner
Carrie Underwood won Season 4 of ” American Idol.”
As the fourth season progressed, Underwood was a clear favorite and received a substantial amount of votes every week from viewers, according to The New York Times. The pool of aspiring singers had shrunk to only Underwood and fellow contestant Bo Bice as the final contenders vying for the title of ” American Idol.” Underwood was eventually declared the winner of the contest in 2005. She got a recording contract and access to a private jet.
Underwood told the Associated Press at the time that it was “the best night of her life, after winning.
“This is the best night of my life. And that’s better,” Underwood said.
She was right, and went on to release one successful album after the other.
Life after ‘American Idol’
After ” American Idol,” Underwood released her debut album “Some Hearts”, later in 2005. Some of the popular singles from that album included “Jesus, Take The Wheel” and “Before He Cheats.” The album sold more than 7 million copies, making it the best-selling country album in the U.S., Forbes reported.
The album won a number of awards, including for Album of the Year at the Country Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards in 2006. She also won a Grammy Awards for Best New Artist in 2006 and Best Female Vocal Country Performance for “Jesus, Take The Wheel.” In 2007, she won the Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “Before He Cheats.”
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Underwood would go on to win four Grammy Awards, brings her to a total of seven grammy’s. She is also an 11-time Academy of Country Music Awards winner.
Following “Some Hearts,” Underwood’s album “Carnival Ride,” which included the hit singles “last name” and “I Told You so.” In 2009, Underwood released “Play On”, followed by “Blown away” in 2012 and the “Narrator” in 2015.
The Wall Street Journal reported that in 2016 that Underwood more albums sold than any other “American Idol” star. She still has more albums to buy after they announced “calling all for her next album would be released on Sept. 14, 2018.
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Underwood told Rolling Stone in 2014 the difference between her first album and her latest music.
“In principle, time and trust,” she said. “Now I have a lot more confidence in myself as an artist and a songwriter, and now, we just have a lot more time to make sure everything is perfect and exactly as I want.”
Life outside of the music
Despite her success in music, Underwood has pursued several companies.
The country star dabbled in acting when she appeared in the 2011 film “Soul Surfer,” based on the true story of surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in 2003 after a shark attack.
Underwood played Hamilton ‘ s friend in the film. The film garnered some controversy after the words “Holy Bible” were removed from the cover of a Bible in the one scene. Underwood told The Hollywood Reporter she was a fan of the film is faith-based message.
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“For me, the word ‘Soul Surfer’ is about finding your way, your walk with God – or your surf with God – and making the best of the ride,” she said. “In the end, that is the most important.”
She is also featured in the 2013 live broadcast of “The Sound of Music” as lead character Maria von Trapp.
Underwood is also seen in a number of ads for products including Almay and Skechers. She also has a fitness line, Calia by Carrie Underwood, which is sold at Dick’s Sporting Goods.
When she is not busy, is a successful singer and businesswoman, Underwood has a family, that is also growing.
Mike Fisher and Carrie Underwood wed in 2010.
Underwood married former NHL player Mike Fisher in 2010 and up to now have a child together. In August, Underwood announced that she was pregnant with their second child.
Underwood has never shied away from her faith and often mentions it in her songs. She told Glamour magazine in 2012 that she was not afraid that people like me not to mention God in her songs.
“It was no problem for me,” she said, “Country music is different. You have that Bible Belt-ness about it. I’m not the first person to sing about God, Jesus, faith [or] any of that, and I will not be the last. And it will not be the last for me. If you don’t like it, change the channel.”
She also revealed that she and her husband do as much as they can to implement the faith in their lives.
“Every Wednesday, my husband and I have a study group with our friends,” she said. “That I go to the church. We try to spend time in the morning [and] say a prayer. I’m not a big reader, though. I need to feel, hear, touch, [and] be involved.”
Injury and return to spotlight
The singer was faced with setbacks after they were injured by a fall that left her needing stitches in her face.
In November 2017, the singer fell out of her Nashville home that left her with a broken wrist and about 40 stitches. She explained that the “Today” show that she tripped and fell while taking her dogs outside. She said that she was rushed to the hospital.
After the incident, she remained out of the public eye for a few months but back on the podium at the Academy of Country Music Awards in April. She posted few pictures of her face for the months up to her appearance in April.
Since the fall, Underwood is back in the spotlight and is ready for the release of her new album next month.
Fox News’ Hollie McKay and Jennifer Earl contributed to this report.
Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her via @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.