Things You Might Not Know About Carrie UnderwoodPublished on March 10, 2016. Updated February 24, 2020
Carrie Underwood has quickly become one of the most well-known country singers out there. Her success as an artist, specifically a female artist is hard matched. Between her talent, down-to-earth personality and good looks, she is well known and loved by fans everywhere, but she is also one of those celebrities who likes to keep her personal life private. Check out these things you probably didn’t know about Carrie Underwood!
10. American Idol
Many forget that Carrie Underwood got her big start after winning season four of American Idol but she got even more than that out of the show. She was in college while participating in the show and since she was going through for a degree in Mass Communications, she received a college credit for her time spent on American Idol. “I’ve obviously done enough with television. There was my internship right there!” she told People.
9. Forgotten Relationships
Many don’t remember a time when Carrie wasn’t with her NHL player husband Mike Fischer, but back in 2007 and 2008 she dated Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford. She later revealed they broke up over text and it still isn’t clear if it was her or Crawford that sent the break-up text.
8. Dream Almost Lost
Before American Idol, Underwood almost gave up on singing as a career. When she was 14 she landed an audition with Capitol Records who began preparing a contract for her but it was cancelled when the company management changed. After high school she didn’t even think of it as a career, stating, “I pretty much gave up on the dream of singing. I had reached a point in my life where I had to be practical and prepare for my future in the ‘real world.'” She has also said that if singing hadn’t worked out the way it did she was looking into pursuing a career as a TV news reporter or anchor.
It is pretty easy to tell that Carrie Underwood has everything under control at all times, but even she admits it can be pretty intense how organized she is. “I can’t function during the day if I know my bed is not made. It will be all I think about throughout the day until it’s actually made. My refrigerator is extremely organized. Everything is showing labels and is arranged in perfect rows.”
Carrie was very active in her community and high school when she attended Checotah High School. She was a member of the Honor Society, a cheerleader and on the basketball and softball teams, and she graduated in 2001 as the salutatorian. She went on to attend Northeastern State University where she was a member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. Carrie graduated magna cum laude in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and an emphasis in journalism.
5. Family Life
Carrie Underwood doesn’t have a rags to riches to story but she is far wealthier than anything her parents can imagine. Her father, Stephen, worked in a sawmill while her mother, Carole, taught at an elementary school, and even though she makes the big bucks, her family still lives in the farm house Underwood grew up in. She once joked about sporting million dollar diamonds on red carpets stating, “I’m the black sheep of the family. The black-crystal sheep. Swarovski.”
The list of things Carrie Underwood has already accomplished in her career is outstanding. She has won seven Grammy Awards, 17 Billboard Music Awards, nine American Music Awards and 11 Academy of Country Music Awards. Her first album “Some Hearts” became the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history and the best-selling country album of the past ten years. With the release of her fifth and latest album “Storyteller” she became the only country music artists to have all of their first five studio albums hit No.1 or No.2 on the Billboard 200.
3. Horror Girl
She may seem like a girly-girl but Carrie Underwood would prefer horror films over chick flicks any day. She and her mother are big fans of Stephen King and she used King’s novel turned film Christine as inspiration for her music video for “Two Black Cadillacs.” She has also admitted that some of her favorite films include Sinister, Halloween, and Nightmare on Elm Street.
2. Net Worth
Carrie Underwood now has a net worth of $75 million which comes from the unbelievable success of all of her music, as well as many lucrative endorsements for the star. She is the performer of the Sunday Night Football theme song after taking over for Faith Hill and has signed major deals with Skechers, Target, Olay and Vitamin Water just to name a few, and she has her own clothing line.
1. Embarrassing Reveal
Over the years Underwood has revealed some of her embarassing moments or personal information, one of which was in the early stages of American Idol when she stated she once had an extra nipple, adding, “It just looked like a mole.” Of course, this was before she was a major star and didn’t really care she was sharing something so personal.