The first performer became America's sweetheart after winning the fourth season of American Idol...Carrie Underwood! Growing up in the small town of Checotah, Oklahoma—population 3,533—Carrie says she never dreamed she'd sing in front of 30 million people each week on a hit television show. Before becoming a household name, Carrie worked at a gas station, a hotel, a pizza place and a veterinary clinic.
Since winning American Idol, this country girl has taken the music business by storm. Her first album, Some Hearts, has gone quadruple platinum—selling more than 4 million copies. Along with the Idol title, Carrie has also taken home top honors at the Billboard Music Awards and the American Music Awards. And in what she calls the thrill of her life, she was named Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2006 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards.
Carrie performs her most downloaded song, "Jesus, Take the Wheel," which was nominated for Music Video of the Year and Single of the Year at the CMA Awards.