Carrie Underwood Went From American Idol To America’s Sweetheart

Carrie Underwood defines what it means to be “America’s Sweetheart.” Coming from a small town in Oklahoma, Underwood dominated the American Idol stage that served as a launching pad for her career as a bonafide country superstar.

In November 2018, Carrie Underwood hosted the CMA Awards in Nashville for the tenth year in a row, riding high off the release of her sixth album and the announcement of her second pregnancy earlier in the year. But the road to this blissful moment in Underwood’s life wasn’t that easy, especially in recent years after suffering a freak accident.

If not for what failed to happen to her at 13, she might not have been the star she is today…

Carrie Underwood Grew Up On A Farm

Carrie Underwood grew up on a farm near the town of Checotah, Oklahoma. "Life on the farm’s pretty simple. Whenever my dad needs help in the morning, I’ll get up real early and help him go feed the cows," Underwood said on American Idol.

She wrote on her site, "Growing up in the country, I enjoyed things like playing on dirt roads, climbing trees, catching little woodland creatures and, of course, singing." Underwood performed in talent shows and sang at her local church throughout her childhood. Eventually, someone convinced her to go to Nashville when she was a young teen.