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When Carrie Underwood auditioned for American Idol in 2004, little did anyone know that she would go on to sell out shows all over the globe. She won the competition and her life changed forever. She has won countless accolades since, including getting inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame.
Carrie Underwood’s latest album, ‘Storyteller’ came out in 2015. The album won an American Music Award for the ‘Favorite Album – Country’ in 2016. It was certified platinum by the RIAA and received acclaim from The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly and Rolling Stone. Underwood is now planning to perform live for her fans. So, if you want to see this seven-time Grammy winner hit the stage in your city then get your Carrie Underwood tickets now.
Early Life & Influences
Carrie Underwood has been influenced by country legends Shania Twain, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks and Randy Travis. At the same time, she has cited the legendary rock band Queen as her inspiration. In an interview with Digital Spy, she said,
“I grew up listening to Queen. They were no stranger to throwing in the unexpected and something a little more dramatic.” She also added “I'm influenced by them, and I love it when people do things that are different.”
Born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Carrie Underwood discovered her vocal abilities when she was young. She started off performing at local events. Underwood later auditioned for Capitol Records when she was only 14. The record label was interested in signing her but cancelled those plans when the management of the company changed.
In 2004, Carrie Underwood decided to take part in the fourth season of American Idol. She auditioned for the contest by singing I Can’t Make You Love Me by Bonnie Raitt. The judges selected her instantly and she went on to dominate the competition. During the Top 11 Finalists’ performance round, Underwood sang the famous Heart (band) song, Alone which impressed Simon Cowell so much that he predicted that she will win the competition. His prediction came true and Carrie Underwood won American Idol that year. As a result of that, she was offered a recording contract by Arista Nashville and 19 Recordings.
Breakthrough & Recognition
Carrie Underwood released her first single, Inside Your Heaven in 2005, which was awarded gold certification by the RIAA. It also topped the Billboard Hot 100 and won her two Billboard Music Awards for the ‘Top-Selling Hot 100 Song of the Year’ and the ‘Top-Selling Country Song of the Year.’
After a few months, Carrie Underwood released her breakthrough studio album, ‘Some Hearts.’ This record won her numerous accolades including three Grammys and Academy of Country Music Awards. It became the best-selling female country album of 2005, 2006 and 2007. Moreover, in the United States it was also certified eight times platinum. ‘Some Hearts’ yielded five singles out of which, Before He Cheats, Wasted and Jesus, Take the Wheel landed at the first spot on the Hot Country Songs.
Underwood’s debut album, ‘Some Hearts’ made such a strong impact that Oklahoma Today named her, ‘Oklahoman of the Year.’ In addition, she was invited to sing, For Once in My Life on ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ with Josh Groban, Tony Bennett and Michael Bublé. She then went on to pay tribute to Dolly Patron by performing, Island in the Streams with Kenny Rogers at the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006.
In 2007, Carrie Underwood’s second studio effort, ‘Carnival Ride’ hit the shelves. ‘Carnival Ride’ became a chart-topping success in the United States and Canada as it sold millions of copies. Plus, it also earned her an American Music Award for the ‘Favorite Country Album’ in 2008. The record featured thirteen songs on the track-list out of which five were released as singles. It also received a lot of critical acclaim.
Notable Work and Album Releases
Carrie Underwood has come out with five studio albums so far. Between ‘Some Hearts,’ ‘Carnival Ride’ and ‘Storyteller,’ she churned out another two studio albums, ‘Play On’ and ‘Blown Away’, both of which topped the Billboard 200. Play On went three times platinum in the United States while Blown Away was certified double platinum by the RIAA. Moreover, these two studio efforts were certified gold in Australia.
Other than studio albums, Carrie Underwood has also gone on to release one video album. She also has one compilation record, ‘Greatest Hits: Decade #1,’ to her credit which climbed to the first spot on the Top Country Albums.
Carrie Underwood Tour Tickets
Called ‘The Female Vocalist of her Generation of any Genre’ by the Rolling Stone, Carrie Underwood is an undisputed country superstar. Over the years, she has amassed global record sales of over sixty-five million and has also won twelve ACM Awards, eight CMA Awards, eleven American Music Awards and fifteen Billboard Music Awards. On top of that, she was also made a member of the Grand Ole Opry and has her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Carrie Underwood is now expected to tour soon. If you are a fan of her music, then this is your chance to watch the ‘Country Music’s Reigning Queen’ live by getting your hands on these Carrie Underwood tour tickets today.