Carrie Underwood's favorite books:
- Where the Red Fern grows by Wilson Rawls
(children books (Ages 9-12), children books, adventure, teens)
"Question: What is your favorite novel or movie? Thank you. Take care of yourself and God bless your benevolent heart.
Carrie Underwood: I remember reading books like Where the Red Fern grows when I was little, so I would say classics like that are my favorite."
Why should you listen to her?
Singer. Born Carrie Marie Underwood on March 10, 1983, in Muskogee, Oklahoma. After winning the musical talent show American Idol, Carrie Underwood has emerged as one of the most popular female performers in country music today. She was born and raised on a farm. "I had a very happy childhood full of the wonderful simple things that children love to do," Underwood said on her Website. "Growing up in the country, I enjoyed things like playing on dirt roads, climbing trees, catching little woodland creatures and, of course, singing."
After graduating high school, Underwood went to Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. There she studied for a degree in broadcast journalism, having put aside her dreams of becoming a singer. During her senior year, Underwood decided to tryout for American Idol. She not only passed that audition, but went on to become the winner of the show’s fourth season.
Her debut album, Some Hearts (2005), was certified triple platinum, making it the fastest-selling female country album since the introduction of the Nielsen SoundScan in 1991. Her first single, “Inside Your Heaven,” hit the top of the Billboard charts.
With “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” Underwood hit the top of the country charts. The song proved to be a critical success as well, winning Underwood the Single Record of the Year Award from the Academy of Country Music (ACM), Single of the Year from the Country Music Association (CMA), and a Grammy Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance in 2006. She also won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist that year.
In contrast to her softer-sounding material, Underwood also had great success with “Before He Cheats,” a tale about a straying ex-boyfriend. The single won Underwood a Grammy for Best Female Country Vocal Performance and a CMA Award for Single of the Year in 2007.
That same year, Underwood released her follow-up album, Carnival Ride (2007). It reached the top of the album charts and scored several number one country hits with such singles as “Last Name” and “All-American Girl.”
In September 2008, Underwood received two more CMA award nominations. She is up for Female Vocalist of the Year—an honor she has won for the previous two years—and for Album of the Year. In addition to being a nominee, Underwood will serve as one of the hosts of the CMA Awards telecast in November.