Carrie Marie Underwood, born March 10, 1983, is an American singer and songwriter. She rose to prominence after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005.
Underwood’s debut single, “Inside Your Heaven”, made her the only country artist to debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and the only solo country artist in the 2000s to have a number-one song on the Hot 100. Her debut album, Some Hearts (2005), was bolstered by the successful crossover singles “Jesus, Take the Wheel” and “Before He Cheats”, becoming the best-selling solo female debut album in country music history. She won three Grammy Awards for the album, including Best New Artist. The next studio album, Carnival Ride (2007), had one of the biggest opening weeks of all time by a female artist and won two Grammy Awards. Her third studio album, Play On (2009), was preceded by the single “Cowboy Casanova”, which had one of the biggest single-week upward movements on the Hot 100.