Country music superstar Carrie Underwood, 37, has amassed legions of fans worldwide and has won numerous awards— including seven Grammy Awards, 11 Billboard Music Awards, 13 American Music Awards, 14 ACM Awards, nine CMA Awards, and even a Guinness World Record. The Oklahoma native first snagged our attention on the fourth season of American Idol in 2005, which she won. Underwood has since become one of the most successful artists in any musical genre.
Watch a visual journey of Carrie’s life and check out some Carrie Underwood facts that even her biggest fans might not know…
Carrie Underwood’s Life Journey Video
15 Carrie Underwood Facts
1) Carrie almost had a record deal with Capitol Records at the tender age of 14.
As a young teenager, Underwood traveled to Nashville to audition for Capitol Records. She impressed the label with her vocal talent, but a change in management derailed penning a deal altogether. Probably a blessing considering how hard stardom is on young stars.
3) The “Southbound” singer was an academic standout too.
Carrie graduated as salutatorian from Checotah High School and magna cum laude from Northeastern State University where she received her degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Journalism. After winning American Idol, she made the smart move to complete her degree in 2006.
4) In 2003, Carrie was named runner-up in the Miss Northeastern State University Pageant.
6) The singer is an alumna of the Alpha Iota chapter of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority.
7) Carrie’s first television acting gig was on a 2010 episode of CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother.” Underwood played Ted’s love interest, Tiffany, in a guest role.
In 2011, she made her film debut in the Soul Surfer movie and in 2013 she starred in NBC’s The Sound of Music Live! as Maria.
8) Despite her international fame and a busy schedule, Carrie attended her 10-year Checotah High School reunion in 2011.
Like most people, Underwood returned to her hometown and attended the milestone reunion. We bet she had a lot to talk about with her former classmates!
10) Her favorite movie genre is horror. She especially loves the classics like Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Not surprisingly, she’s also an outspoken fan of AMC’s zombie-filled The Walking Dead television series.
11) Carrie’s not a big fan of swimming in lakes and oceans where her feet don’t touch the bottom.
She does love being on the water in boats and on beaches— and of course poolside.
12) Prior to her time on American Idol, she had never been on an airplane.
In late 2016, she went skydiving in Australia during her guest stint on Keith Urban’s Ripcord Tour. Guess she’s totally cool with taking to the air!
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Tonight is our last show in Australia. We've had so much fun! I leave a piece of my ❤️here (perhaps floating somewhere in the sky over Sydney)! Thanks for having us @keithurban and thanks to the fans for coming out to see us! Video credit: @eunsungbaek (thanks for teaching me how to fly)
13) Her first awards show was the 2005 CMA Awards. According to Carrie, she literally uttered the words: “I think I’m going to throw up!”
14) Carrie’s first date at age 16 was memorable, her dad Steve was cleaning his shotguns in the family’s living room while she waited for her date to arrive!
The guy never asked her out again… no word on what her mother Carole thought about Steve’s antics.
15) Carrie and NHL star Mike Fisher‘s 2010 wedding in Georgia cost nearly $500,000!