By the time she turned 28, country music superstar Carrie Underwood had achieved more than most singers achieve in a lifetime. She won the fourth season of American Idol, won multiple Grammy Awards, inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, became the first female to be named ACM Entertainer of the Year back-to-back, and had the fastest selling country music debut in the history of Nielsen SoundScan. In additional to all those successes, Underwood also charted three number one country albums and ten number one country singles.
For awhile it didn't look as if Underwood was going to have a music career. She was going to sign with Capitol Records in 1996 but the deal fell through when the company changed management. Instead, Underwood, who graduated from high school in 2001 as salutatorian, attended college and participated in the summer page program for State Representative Bobby Frame.
Underwood graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma with a degree in mass communication. She also participated in local beauty pageants and was named Miss NSU runner-up in 2004. It looked as if Underwood was going to become a television journalist until she auditioned for a little show called American Idol. Her audition took place in St. Louis, Missouri in the summer of 2004.
Underwood released her first album, Some Hearts, in 2005. Her sophomore effort, Carnival Ride, dropped in 2007. Her third studio album, Play On, was released in November of 2009 and less than a year later it was certified platinum. Her first two albums were certified 7x and 3x Platinum respectively.
Underwood hosted her own television special in 2009 called "Carrie Underwood: An All-Star Holiday Special." The following year she appeared in an episode of the CBS sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." In 2010, she provided the voice for "Carrie Underworm," a parody of herself that appeared on the PBS show Sesame Street. Underwood also sang the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLIV.
A vegetarian and a proud Okie, Underwood married Mike Fisher of the Ottawa Senators in 2010.