March 18,Kansas City, Mo. Kander composed the music and Ebb supplied the lyrics. Kander was born into a musical household. He began studying piano at age six and performed with family and friends during his youth.
View on Apple Music Also Available in iTunes About Carrie Underwood It's true that Carrie Underwood sprang to fame as an American Idol winner, but her career needs to be defined in the context of country superstars instead of reality-show contestants.
Her millions of records sold, her dozens of awards, her many record-breaking feats on the the american songwriting awards, and her status as one of the most powerful people in the music business all testify to her staying power beyond American Idol. Underwood grew up in the small town of Checotah, Oklahoma, and began singing with her church at the tender age of three.
She performed throughout her childhood, eventually moving on to festival gigs in several states.
Along with developing her singing, Underwood learned to play guitar and piano. She graduated from high school as her class salutatorian and majored in mass communication at Northeastern State College with an eye on a career in broadcast journalism, but continued her singing career throughout her studies.
As a senior just a few credits short of her degree, Underwood heard about the auditions for the season of American Idol. She tried out for the show at the St.
Louis, Missouri auditions, and her innocent charm and pure, pretty voice ended up winning her not only a place among the 12 finalists, but the title of 's American Idol. Her debut single, "Inside Your Heaven," was released that summer, and she finished recording her debut album after completing the American Idols Live!
Some Hearts was released later that fall and became a smash hit, selling overcopies in its first week and eventually going platinum a whopping seven times. Acclaim for the album and single spilled over intowhen Some Hearts re-entered Billboard's Top Ten after Underwood's appearance on the American Idol finale.
Despite her hectic career as a country music star -- which included carrying her tour through the fall of -- Underwood found the time to finish her degree. That December, she won five Billboard Music Awards: Early inUnderwood began work on her second album, while "Wasted" became the fourth single taken from Some Hearts; she performed it on an episode of American Idol that March, and the following month it hit number one on the Hot Country Songs Chart.
She made another trip to American Idol late in the month for the sixth season finale, where she sang "I'll Stand by You" to a standing ovation. During the show, Clive Davis recognized Underwood's sextuple-platinum sales; Underwood was the first country artist to sell that many copies of a debut album since LeAnn Rimes did it in She also appeared on Brad Paisley's album 5th Gear, which was released in June Riding on that swell of support, Underwood released her sophomore effort Carnival Ride in October Four of the album's tracks hit the top of the country charts, pushing the album to multi-million sales and earning her two additional Grammy Awards.
Two years after the album's release, Underwood released her third studio effort, Play On, which found her devoting more focus than ever to her songwriting abilities. She co-wrote seven of the album's tracks, including the leadoff single, "Cowboy Casanova. Underwood undertook her first big starring role inwhen she signed on to play Maria in a live televised production of The Sound of Music on NBC.
Airing on December 5,the broadcast was accompanied by a studio soundtrack. The year was relatively quiet for her, although in September she released the single "Something in the Water," and three months later the compilation Greatest Hits: A heavily spiritual single with the theme of baptism, "Something in the Water" topped the country and Christian charts, and also reached the pop Top Later that summer, Underwood announced the October release of Storyteller, her fifth studio album, which was preceded by the single "Smoke Break.American Songwriter brings you interviews, songwriting tips, news, reviews and lyric contests.
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