Raised on a farm in Oklahoma, Carrie Underwood enjoyed the small-town, country upbringing.

But Underwood’s simple roots didn’t stop her from dreaming big, and during her senior year of college, she auditioned for “American Idol.”

In May 2005, after hundreds and thousands of America’s votes, Underwood was crowned the victor of the FOX reality hit’s fourth season.

In her first post-“Idol” endeavor, her single “Inside Your Heavensold almost 300,000 copies in its first week, and her debut album “Some Hearts” reached no. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200.

The smash hit “Jesus Take The Wheel” tore up the charts and won Underwood an Academy of Country Music award, a CMA for Single Of The Year, and two Grammys (Best Female Country Vocal Performance and Best New Artist).

As a crossover superstar, Underwood completed her mass communication degree from Northeastern State College and used her star power to become a spokesperson for PETA (Who later named her World’s Sexiest Vegetarian).

In October 2007, Underwood released her second album, “Carnival Ride,” slowly transforming her into one of the most successful Idol winners in the show’s history, and the following year, she became the youngest inductee of the Grand Ole Opry.

Two years later, her third album scored her yet another Grammy for the catchy revenge hit “Before He Cheats.” In addition to her critical success, Underwood married hockey player Mike Fisher in July, 2010.

In May of 2013, it was announced that Underwood was sing the Sunday Night Football theme song, replacing longtime singer Faith Hill. In the latter half of the year, Underwood would go on to star as Maria in NBC’s incredibly successful “The Sound Of Music Live!”

Sticking to her roots, and infusing a little bit of pop, Underwood has dominated the country music scene for almost a decade without breaking a sweat. Sweet as honey and as talented as they come, Carrie Underwood has moved way past her “American Idol” image to become a star in her own right.

Happy birthday, Carrie!

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