Carrie Underwood has become one of the most successful winners from the American Idol alum. Her song catalog includes 18 singles and 4 albums. Her debut album Some Hearts broke records becoming the best-selling solo female country debut in Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) history, as well as the top selling debut album of any American Idol contestant in the United States. Billboard even recognized the album as the No. 1 Country album of the 2000 decade. Since her debut in 2005 she hasn’t slowed down. The Country music star won 6 Grammy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 7 American Music Awards and in 2013 she won her tenth American Country Music award. This year alone she earned over $31 million. Her net worth in 2013 is $80 million. WOW!
Carrie Underwood’s upbringing was by far a juxtaposition to the lifestyle she lives now. The 30 year old superstar was born and raised in on a farm in Oklahoma. Music was an intricate part of her life. Her mother a teacher and her father a sawmill worker recognized Carrie’s vocal abilities at an early age and allowed her to sing in local talent shows and events to nourish her skills. At 14 she went to Nashville and auditioned for Capital Records. The meeting was promising but in a turn of events the label was given to new management who never acknowledged her contract. The experience negatively changed her desire. Carrie was convinced the music industry wasn’t for and as she got older she needed to prepare for the “real world.”
She attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, graduating magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and an emphasis in journalism. To pay for college she waited tables at a pizza parlor and local bar. But Carrie was pressured by friends and relatives to continue singing so she auditioned for American Idol in 2004 at St. Louis Missouri. After a twelve week competition on the highly rated series Carrie Underwood won the competition. On May 25, 2005, Underwood became the season four winner. Her winnings included a recording contract worth at least a million dollars, use of a private jet for a year, and a Ford Mustang convertible.
Carrie Underwood’s life and career has mimicked a fairy tale. She found her ultimate happy ending in 2010 when she married Canadian Ice Hockey player Mike Fisher. Underwood revealed he popped the question in the middle of a snow-covered forest just before Christmas. The couple was in his hometown for the Holidays and in the middle of taking a walk through the woods. The all star athlete got down on one knee and proposed to her with a diamond ring. They have been married for 3 years but the singer says she is not ready for children. Mike Fisher’s net worth is $30 million. Together the couple is worth over $100 million.