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FEATURED ARTIST FRIDAY: CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Carrie Underwood was born March 10, 1983. Her family already owned the farm in Checotah, Okla., though Underwood was born in the next town over, the one made famous in Merle Haggard‘s song, “Okie From Muskogee.” Her father, Stephen, worked at a paper mill, and her mother, Carole, was an elementary school teacher. Underwood is the youngest of three sisters. Shanna is 13 years older and Stephanie is 10 years older. Underwood was just 4 years old when Shanna moved out on her own but says her siblings have always been there for her.
Music didn’t run in the family, but Underwood started singing at church when she was 3. Once she was in school, she sang solo roles in student plays. By the seventh grade, people were taking more notice of her voice as she entered local talent shows. She was told she had a “big voice” for “such a little girl.”
Her taste in music was varied, thanks to her parents (who liked oldies) and sisters (who favored ’80s pop). She started listening to country music in the car.
She was involved in her high school music program, but she kept telling people she was going to become a famous singer. Then she enrolled at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla., and became more serious about her career choice. She chose broadcast journalism for her major and produced a student-run television program and wrote for the school paper, The Northeastern.
Music wasn’t completely out of the picture. While in college, she had a role in a country music show where she learned about country legends like Patsy Cline and the Carter Family. She was still taking her college classes when friends encouraged her to audition for American Idol. At first, she resisted. However, she soon realized if she didn’t audition, she would graduate, get a job and may never have a chance to try out for the show again. So one night after wrapping an appearance in the college country music show, she piled into the car with her mom, a friend and her mother and drove all night, arriving in St. Louis at 6 a.m. They had to be at the stadium by 8 a.m. to receive wristbands to be eligible for the auditions. Then she waited eight hours before singing Martina McBride‘s “Phones Are Ringing All Over Town” for American Idol supervising producer James Breen.
Underwood didn’t think she sang it well although she was invited to come back the next day and sing for executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. She sang another McBride song for Lythgoe, “Independence Day.” On the next round, Underwood sang Bonnie Raitt‘s “I Can’t Make You Love Me” for the show’s judges, who sent her to Hollywood on her first-ever airline flight. As the weeks went by, the other contestants were voted off the show one by one, until the finale on May 25, 2005, when it was Underwood vs. Bo Bice. When Ryan Seacrest announced the winner, Underwood became America’s new idol.
She signed to 19 Recordings/Arista Records and released the single “Inside Your Heaven,” which debuted as the best selling song in the nation with sales of 170,000. She broke Billboard chart history as the first country music artist ever to debut at No. 1 on the Hot 100. Underwood’s “Inside Your Heaven” also became the first song from a country artist to go to No. 1 on the Hot 100 since Lonestar‘s “Amazed” did so in 2000. However, the single was scarcely played on country radio.
Following her win, she performed on the American Idol tour and signed advertising deals for Hershey’s chocolate and Skechers shoes. She released the single “Jesus, Take the Wheel” to country radio later that year; her debut album Some Hearts followed in November, less than six months following her Idol win.
Some Hearts proved to be a huge hit, leading to the No. 1 hits “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” and “Before He Cheats.” She toured with Kenny Chesney as well as Brad Paisley in 2006. She also won her first CMA Awards in 2006, in the Horizon and female vocalist categories.
WIN A GUITAR FROM LADY ANTEBELLUM
CMA Award nominees LADY ANTEBELLUM have teamed up with USA Weekend for a new contest. Fans who become a fan of USA Weekend on Facebook will be entered into a sweepstakes to win an autographed Gibson Les Paul guitar from the trio. The guitar giveaway starts today and runs through Friday, November 13th at Facebook.com/USAWeekend.
As for keeping up with fans using technology, Lady A’s CHARLES KELLEY admits he’s not very handy with high-tech gadgets. He tells USA Weekend, quote, “I bought a touch-screen phone, and it boggled my mind. I returned it to the store for a more basic phone.”
For more of the latest on Lady Antebellum, check out their interview in USA Weekend.
Birthdays for Friday, 11/6/09
Stonewall Jackson 77/Grand Ole Opry star, “Waterloo”
Guy Clark 68/country singer
Glenn Frey 61/singer-guitarist, The Eagles & solo
And the late:
Adolphe Sax–1814-1894/Belgian musician who invented the saxophone
Sally Field 63/actress, Norma Rae, Forrest Gump, TV’s Brothers & Sisters
Maria Shriver (Schwarzenegger) 54/former NBC newscaster
Lori Singer 52/actress, Footloose
Peter DeLuise 43/actor, TV’s 21 Jump Street, son of Dom
Kelly Rutherford 41/actress, TV’s Gossip Girl, Melrose Place
Rebecca Romijn 37/actress, X-Men, TV’s Eastwick
Blake Shelton was born on June 18, 1976, in Ada, Okla. He wrote songs as a teenager and honed his performing style as he played honky-tonk bars and became a regular on a local country music show.
At 17, Shelton met songwriter Mae Boren Axton (“Heartbreak Hotel”). She had returned to her Oklahoma roots for a tribute show honoring her in Ada. Shelton was part of the entertainment lineup and Axton told him to move to Nashville if he wanted a successful country music singing career. Two weeks out of high school in 1994, he packed his guitar and headed there.
In 1997, he was co-writing with a friend who tipped off songwriter/producer Bobby Braddock, who co-wrote the standards “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” “D-I-V-O-R-C-E” and “Time Marches On,” among others. Braddock ultimately served as the producer for Shelton’s self-titled debut on Warner Bros. Nashville. His debut single, “Austin,” stayed at No. 1 on Billboard‘s singles chart for five weeks, tying Billy Ray Cyrus‘ record for a debut single. Shelton also reached No. 1 for three weeks with “The Baby” in 2003. He spent most of the year on the road with Toby Keith and married his high school sweetheart. They divorced in 2006.
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