Last Updated on January 4, 2021
Who Is Carrie Underwood?
Carrie Marie Underwood is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, and actor. Underwood gained widespread recognition in 2005 after winning the fourth season of the reality TV series, American Idol. She is highly acclaimed for her unique and diverse vocal talents.
|Full Name:||Carrie Marie Underwood|
|Popular Name:||Carrie Underwood|
|Birth Date:||March 10, 1983|
|Parents:||Steve Underwood and Carole Shatswell|
|Siblings:||Shanna Underwood Means and Stephanie Underwood Shelton|
|Birth Place:||Muskogee, Oklahoma|
|Ethnicity:||English, Scottish, Irish, and German|
|Education:||Checotah High School and Northeastern State University|
|Children:||Isaiah Michael Fisher and Jacob Bryan Fisher|
|Net Worth:||USD 140 million (as of October 1, 2020)|
|Source of Wealth:||Singing, Songwriting, Record Producing, Acting, Endorsement Deals, Writing, and Other Ventures|
|Height:||5′ 2″ (1.6 m)|
|Weight:||53 kg; In pounds: 117 lbs.|
Early Life and Career Information
Carrie Underwood was born on March 10, 1983, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to Steve Underwood and Carole Shatswell. Her father was a paper mill worker, whereas her mother was an elementary school teacher.
Underwood developed an interest in music during her childhood. She performed at numerous events, including at Robbins Memorial Talent Show, Old Settler’s Day, Lion’s Club, etc. She was also a regular singer at her local church, the First Free Will Baptist Church.
Carrie continued to hone her musical talents and when she was 14 years, she auditioned for Capitol Records. However, she didn’t land a contract with the company, following a change in management.
In 2004, Carrie Underwood successfully auditioned for the fourth season of American Idol and won the competition in 2005. Right after winning the American Idol contest, Underwood kicked off her musical career in earnest by releasing her debut album, Some Hearts. She has since followed with six other studio albums.
Some of the most popular singles from Underwood’s albums include:
• Before He Cheats,
• Cowboy Casanova,
• Inside Your Heaven,
• Jesus, Take the Wheel,
• Just a Dream,
• So Small,
• Temporary Name, and
In addition to music, Carrie Underworld has also dabbled in acting.
Carrie Underwood’s Net Worth
As of October 1, 2020, Carrie Underwood had a net worth of $140 million. That’s almost five times higher than her husband, Mike Fisher’s net worth, which currently stands at $30 million.
As you might expect, Carrie has mostly made her millions from her successful music career. Outside of music, Underwood earns her paychecks from various endeavors, which include acting, writing, product endorsements, and other personal investments.
1. Carrie Underwood’s Music-related Earnings
Carrie Underwood’s earnings from the music industry mostly come from album sales. As of the time of writing, she has sold over 70 million records globally. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) currently ranks Underwood as the 6th-highest-certified female digital singles artist of all time.
So far, she has released a total of seven albums, including:
• Some Hearts (2005)
• Carnival Ride (2007)
• Play On (2009)
• Blown Away (2012)
• Storyteller (2015)
• Cry Pretty (2018)
• My Gift (2020)
Besides album sales, other ways Carrie Underwood earns from the music industry include songwriting, record producing, and concert tours. Underwood embarked on concert tours in 2005 and to date, she has gone on six headlining tours.
• Carrie Underwood: Live in Concert (2006)
• Carnival Ride Tour (2008)
• Play On Tour (2010 to 2011)
• Blown Away Tour (2012 to 2013)
• Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round (2016)
• Cry Pretty Tour 360 (2019)
According to Billboard, Carrie’s 2019 Cry Pretty tour reportedly generated $50 million. In addition to her six headlining tours, Underwood has also gone on four co-headlining tours, including:
• American Idols LIVE! Tour 2005 (2005)
• Love, Pain and the Whole Crazy Carnival Ride Tour (with Keith Urban in 2008)
• C2C: Country to Country (with Tim McGraw in 2013, and with Eric Church and Miranda Lambert in 2016)
• Ripcord World Tour – Oceania leg (with Keith Urban in 2016)
2. Carrie Underwood’s Earnings from Acting
Music isn’t Carrie Underwood’s only source of income from the entertainment industry. Underwood has also landed numerous film and television roles, including on the series How I Met Your Mother and the 2011 film Soul Surfer.
Well, there are no official records on how much Carrie earns from her acting gigs. But it’s safe to assume that she takes home some hefty paychecks, considering her huge influence on many of the shows that she has appeared in. For instance, when she appeared on How I Met Your Mother, the episode ended up becoming the second-highest-rated episode for that season, raking in 10.48 million viewers.
3. Carrie Underwood’s Earnings from Product Endorsements
Carrie Underwood has signed numerous endorsement deals throughout her career.
Some of the brands that she has entered into multimillion-dollar endorsement contracts with include:
• Nicole by OPI,
• Skechers, and
4. Carrie Underwood’s Other Ventures
Outside of the entertainment industry and product endorsements, Carrie Underwood has ventured into writing and the fashion industry.
On March 3, 2020, Underwood released her debut book titled Find Your Path. The book went on to become a New York Times bestseller, which is clear proof that Underwood earned some decent cash out of it.
In the fashion industry, Underwood is best known for partnering with Dick’s Sporting Goods to release a fitness clothing line known as CALIA by Carrie Underwood.
5. Carrie Underwood’s Real Estate Portfolio
Underwood has flipped several properties over the years.
In 2010, Carrie and her husband purchased an 11-acre mansion located near Ottawa, Canada. They later listed the property for $2.2 million.
In 2007, Carrie acquired a 7,000-square-foot home in Brentwood, Tennessee. The couple sold the home in March 2020 for $1.41 million.
Presently, the family’s primary residence is a 300-acre home located in Franklin, Tennessee.
Lessons from Carrie Underwood
1. Never give up
When she failed to land a contract at Capitol Records, it would have been easier for Underwood to give up. But she chose to press on, and the rest is history.
2. Know when you’re ready
Carrie Underwood has since admitted that failing to sign with Capitol Records was actually a blessing in disguise for her, as she wasn’t ready then. She said, ‘’I honestly think it’s a lot better that nothing came out of it now, because I wouldn’t have been ready then. Everything has a way of working out.”
3. Always rise above your challenges
Carrie may project a charming and beautiful exterior, but she has faced numerous challenges throughout her life and career. She was diagnosed with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at the age of 15. And more recently, she has had as many as three miscarriages within one year. Regardless, Underwood has remained undeterred in the pursuit of her musical dreams.
Famous Quotes by Carrie Underwood
“Being a part of SKECHERS is exciting. It is such a hip company with a great attitude and image.”
“It’s nice to know you have support. Last night I got a marriage proposal. I just laughed.”
“The more boys I meet the more I love my dog.”
“The only other time I’ve been away from home was when I went to college. And that was just an hour away, so I could always go home if I needed to.”
“Throw caution to the wind and just do it.”
Carrie Underwood is no ordinary singer. She’s endowed with incredible vocals and a charming personality…the perfect combination for success in the often-unpredictable music industry.