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This book is part of Hyperink's best little books series. This best little book is 4,000+ words of fast, entertaining information on a highly demanded topic. Based on reader feedback (including yours!), we may expand this book in the future. If we do so, we'll send a free copy to all previous buyers.


From Oklahoma small town girl to platinum recording artist, Carrie Underwood has transformed before America's eyes like a character in a modern fairy tale. Though Carrie began singing at the precocious age of three in her church choir, by the time she was twenty-one, a career in singing was far from her mind. Instead, the college senior was looking forward to graduation and pursuing a career in broadcast journalism.

One fateful day in 2004, though, Carrie looked up the audition locations for the fourth season of American idol. With no professional singing experience, Carrie was certain she would not be chosen to go to Hollywood. Much to her surprise, however, judges Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson loved the country sound of the small town girl. In 2005, Carrie breezed through the competition to become the fourth American Idol.

The fairytale wasn't quite over yet. Since her American Idol victory, Underwood has become one of the biggest names in country music, making three platinum albums. Underwood has won multiple Billboard Awards, Country Music Awards, American Music Awards, and five Grammy Awards. She has crisscrossed North America several times, performing in front of sold-out crowds to millions of fans.


By the time Carrie was in college, she had made the decision to choose a practical career path. Singing was a dream that Carrie relegated to childhood. At Northeastern State University, Carrie concentrated on a degree in journalism. Underwood worked part-time at a pizzeria and interned with Oklahoma State Representative Bobby Frame.

Underwood wasn't all work and no play. In fact, Carrie joined the Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, also known as TriSigma, at Northeastern State. TriSigma offered Carrie an avenue to meet friends and engage in philanthropic works nearby her school. Carrie also competed in a few local beauty pageants, and was named Miss NSU runner-up in 2004.

During her last year at Northeastern State University, Carrie auditioned for the fourth season of American Idol. Underwood says that though she has not taken the professional route she originally envisioned for herself, her degree still comes in handy. She says, "It helps me when answering questions, especially on camera, because that's what I'm used to. I know what the reporters are looking for and I also know when they're trying to make me say something bad. They'll ask me some hot button question, something to get myself in trouble!"...

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