Carrie Underwood Won 'American Idol' 15 Years Ago — A Look Back at Her Journey on the Show

It's been 15 years since country music star Carrie Underwood won "American Idol" Season 4. Her time on the show is definitely worth remembering.

Carrie's singing skills have been astounding ever since she was only a child. Growing up with her parents and siblings on a farm in Muskogee, Oklahoma, she used to play on dirt roads, climb trees, and sing a lot.

She suffered from three miscarriages in two years.

Carrie Underwood on March 3, 2020 in the "Today" show | Photo: Getty Images

Carrie Underwood on March 3, 2020 in the "Today" show | Photo: Getty Images


Following her high school graduation, she attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, where she majored in broadcast journalism. During that time, though, she put her still-nonexistent music career on hold.

Although Carrie was in her senior year, she decided to audition for "American Idol" in 2004. Her talent became evident shortly after she nervously walked into the room to sing in front of judges Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson.

After the then-21-year-old college student sang "I Can't Make You Love Me" by Bonnie Raitt, captured the attention of the judges, and won her ticket to Hollywood, she admitted that she'd miss her animals.

Week after week, Carrie kept proving everybody that she was good enough to win the competition. On May 25, 2005, she and fellow contestant Bo Bice were the only two artists left.


Much to her surprise, host Ryan Seacrest said her name, announcing that she had won the record deal, use of a private jet for a year, and a Ford Mustang Convertible. From that point on, her career skyrocketed.

Soon after Carrie Underwood won "American Idol," she released her debut album "Some Heart." It won her plenty of awards, including the Country Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards in 2006.

Carrie Underwood on October 16, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio | Photo: Getty Images

Carrie Underwood on October 16, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio | Photo: Getty Images

One of the most popular songs of that record is "Jesus, Take the Wheel," for which she received a Grammy Award for Best Female Vocal Country Performance.

Carrie has never stopped working hard on her career and releasing new music, which is why she has released six studio albums and won Grammys, Billboards, AMAs, and much more.


Coming back to the access to a private jet that Carrie obtained after winning the show, she revealed that she didn't use it because she would've had to pay a lot in taxes, and she didn't have to money to do so.

Sadly, her life has not always been a walk in the park. In a very emotional 2018 interview, about three years after having her first son, the singer talked about her fertility problems, adding that she suffered from three miscarriages in two years.

Carrie Underwood's husband, former NHL player Mike Fisher, was always by her side, even in the darkest times when the challenging experiences put a toll on her faith.

She asked God why she kept getting pregnant if she couldn't have children, and even requested him to either "shut the door" or let her have a kid.


Fortunately, God listened to her pleas, and on January 23, 2019, the couple welcomed their second child, Jacob Bryan Fisher. Nowadays, the happy family is enjoying their time together while Carrie's career keeps getting better each passing year.

As a way to commemorate the 15th anniversary of her "American Idol" victory, the singer shared a fan-made clip that showed in detail some of the most significant milestones in her career.

After pointing out that she couldn't believe it's been 15 years already, the "Cry Pretty" singer wrote:

"It's been an incredible ride and I couldn't have made it through without all of you guys!!  THANK YOU so much for this sweet video!!"

Recently, Carrie Underwood proved her followers that her voice was not her only incredible asset by uploading a selfie showing off her toned abs. She's definitely got it all.

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