‘Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On’ was my anthem as a child. It was about me. I was Baby.
A lot of people think I don’t like them just because I’m pretty quiet. But there are certain things people don’t necessarily need to know. There’s got to be some things for me.
After I released ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel,’ people started saying, Oh, it’s kind of risky. You’re coming out with a religious song. And I was thinking, Really? I grew up in Oklahoma; I always had a close relationship with God. I never thought it was risky in the least. If anything, I thought it was the safest thing I could do.
All of us gave it all we’ve got, overcame a whole lot just being on the show and learned a lot about ourselves. We’re just normal people trying to do what we love and follow our dreams.
American Idol transcends age, gender, ethnicity, everything.
An Oklahoma girl like me wouldn’t even know how to be a diva. I’m just a person who has a cool job. I love to be at home. I rarely go to clubs… and I always wear underwear! I just know I’d fall down, and that’s not for everyone to see.
Animals were my pets, and the thought of eating my pets freaked me out.
As a married person myself, I don’t know what it’s like to be told I can’t marry somebody I love and want to marry. I can’t imagine how that must feel. I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love.
As far as subject matter, I’d say most of the songs aren’t that personal to me. I love making up characters and kind of having fun in a different kind of way.
As far as talent goes, we had pretty much everything, and I think that’s why this year was so successful.
At first, it was hard to sit down and read the things that people were saying. A lot of people would’ve worked their way up to this position and would’ve gotten a thick skin over a few years’ time. For me, though, all this happened in a few months.
Before bed, I read a book or flip on the radio – I’m not picky, I’ll just turn it on and see what comes up. I burn a yummy lavender- scented candle.
Being a part of SKECHERS is exciting. It is such a hip company with a great attitude and image.
Brad Paisley has always been really great to me, and that’s no secret.
But as far as Twitter, I’ll be in a restaurant and I’ll get home and somebody tweeted and they talked about what I ordered and what I was wearing. In some cases, that could be dangerous, because you don’t want everybody to know where you are every second of every day.
But my husband came from a small town and hardworking parents like I did, and I don’t think we’ve lost that mind-set. We don’t have a bowling alley in our basement. We don’t have houses on the beach and one in New York and one in L.A.
Doing the weekly shopping, I stock up on stir-fry kits, Amy’s meatless burgers, and armloads of onions and garlic. I put onions and garlic in everything.
Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.
Every Wednesday, my husband and I have a study group with our friends. I attend church. We try to devote time in the morning, say a prayer.
Everybody knows what’s going on. Even if they don’t watch it they know what’s happening.
Everything’s completely different, and it’s been hard. Fortunately, I have a lot of wonderful people around me, and I think I’m handling things pretty well.
Getting revenge on a guy is just not worth it to me. I mean, it definitely sucks at the time, but obviously you’re not supposed to be with that person.
Growing up, I played softball and I was a cheerleader.
I am a Christian person, and I do love the Lord, and I feel no matter who you are, what you believe, how you live your life, it’s not my place to judge. I don’t have that power. I don’t want that power. It’s my place to love and to show God’s love to other people, even if they don’t live a life like I live.
I can’t believe this is happening to me. The weirdest thing is it was just a dream, and now it’s actually real. It’s hard to believe sometimes.
I did most of my volunteer work when I was in college because I knew of more ways to get involved. In high school, we’d do things like, there was a homeless shelter near our hometown and our church group decorated one of the rooms. In college, I was in a sorority, and we did a lot of things, like pick up trash on the highway.
I do not like people touching my underwear. That’s just weird! I travel with a washer and dryer, and I like cooking on the bus, too.
I don’t consider myself sexy. I’m kind of a nervous person in general. I’m socially awkward. I’m not tall and sensuous. I usually wear sweats everywhere I go. Oh, and I burp a lot.
I don’t want to listen to everybody’s problems all the time. And I doubt anybody wants to listen to mine.
I eat things I shouldn’t eat all the time. I have to work out so I can enjoy myself! I like to run, and I’ll do body weight stuff: push-ups, squats, lunges, pull-ups.
I feel like I am a celebrity for no reason, like people are resentful I didn’t have to play bars for 10 years to get a record deal.
I feel like I’m a product of this generation where everybody listens to charts with diverse music.
I feel like when I’m on stage, when I’m writing songs, singing songs, I’m in the studio, I’m shooting videos, I kind of get to become this character, and I can make that whatever I want to make that.
I got to meet some of the best people I’ve ever met, and we all grew as people and as entertainers.
I grew up in church, and I have a wonderful family that always supported that.
I grew up listening to everything. I have such a love for music, but I don’t want to make the same album over and over again.
I grew up listening to Queen. They were no stranger to throwing in the unexpected and something a little more dramatic.
I have been called the human jukebox, yes. But karaoke is not meant for people who can sing!
I have no attention span. I get bored so fast.
I have so many wonderful people in my life. I’ve never had any major physical problems or an accident or anything like that. I’m a very, very lucky person, thus far, knock on wood.
I have to stay hydrated so I don’t pass out onstage!
I honestly in a lot of ways don’t want to sing about my real life, because that’s private.
I like to dance around the house when I’m getting ready. It gets my day going.
I live in Nashville, and I love to sing. When I’m on stage, I feel like a performer for sure. I know people are looking at me and taking pictures and singing along, and that part’s wonderful, but I do live in Nashville. I live the most boring life away from what you see me on camera doing.
I love being able to perform in front of people. I like potentially making a difference in somebody’s day or somebody’s life.
I love being around my friends and my family and spending time with my husband. I like being normal and recharging my batteries, and I feel like I have the coolest job in the world where I get to get on stage and perform and get to do a lot of really amazing things.
I love being on camera. And I love knowing what’s going on in the world. Diane Sawyer is my favorite. She never seems to lower herself to get the job done. She just always carries herself well. I really admire her.
I love chocolate, and I love to shop – just give me a good boutique. I like mall scenarios, too, because there’s more right there at hand. I think Nashville could use some better shopping!
I love eye shadows that are shimmery and playing with colors. There’s just more you can do with your eyes.
I love going out to clubs. Granted, I don’t get hammered or do anything to embarrass myself. I’d call myself wholesome… but it’s not like I only drink milk.
I love having my hair and makeup done for red carpets, but to have that done every day would be exhausting.
I love Kashi. I eat cereal like a little kid. I carry it in my purse.
I love making music and all that, but at the end of the day I don’t think that’s what people are going to remember about a person.
I love scary movies. I like blood and gore, and I love Halloween movies.
I love sporting events and popcorn and pizza and being outside, like at a baseball or football game. I love amusement parks, going to ride roller coasters.
I respect country music because I feel like it’s more about the talent and the songwriting and I put on a big show and we have a lot of stuff, but I feel confident in myself enough as an artist and a singer that I can have all of those fun toys and know that we don’t need all the bells and whistles either.
I say what I need to, not a whole lot more.
I sleep with a light on in the bathroom so I can see where I’m at, because I wake up and have no clue!
I talk to my fan club members, and I blog, and they know what’s going on. But as far as Twitter, I’ll be in a restaurant, and I’ll get home, and somebody tweeted, and they talked about what I ordered and what I was wearing. In some cases, that could be dangerous, because you don’t want everybody to know where you are every second of every day.
I think after coming off of ‘American Idol’… people kind of expect you to just be awesome all the time, and we’re still learning. I had a lot of stage experience, but it was in a 200-seat theater, you know – it wasn’t thousands of people in front of me.
I think it’s okay to feel jealous, but it’s how you deal with it that’s the important thing. You have to be happy for your friends when they do well because you want them to do well. It’s not a competition.
I think Nashville could use some better shopping!
I try to stay away from carb-y things at dinner.
I want my permanent address to be in Oklahoma. Someday, when I get married and I have kids, that’s where I want to raise my kids.
I want people to think of me as a nice person. I really am so blessed. All of this has been a great experience and I thank the American public so much for putting me in this position. I appreciate every second of it.
I wondered how people would take me being a country music singer. I thought about deviating from that and singing other things. But… it doesn’t really make sense for me to try to be something that I’m not.
I would love to see more women making their mark in the music that I love so much … There are so many more out there just waiting for their shot. I hope they get it!
I would say that my role model, as far as just somebody leading by example, which to me is what a great youth counselor does – they are there to talk to and lead by example – would be my mom, but she wasn’t a youth counselor. She was a teacher, and she is a good person and definitely one of the biggest influences in my life.
I, like a lot of people who are creative, need to step away. I can’t have stuff to write about if I don’t have a life. If I talk to people, hang out with my friends and hang out with my husband, I feel like I have better things to bring to the table.
I’d sleep in a little, work out, do laundry, run errands, buy presents for people with birthdays coming up. I like it when I don’t have to be anywhere, and anything I do is my choice.
I’m a private person too, and we don’t ever film anything in our home because it’s off limits. It’s like letting people see your messy house.
I’m a private person, and I don’t want people knowing what kind of underwear I like. It’s creepy!
I’m a suck-it-up-and-move-on kind of person. Every day is a new day, and you’ll never be able to find happiness if you don’t move on.
I’m about the only person in my family that’s made it to 24 without being married. That’s the way it works where I’m from. Most people, if you find someone to marry in high school, you do that, and if you don’t find that, then you find someone in college.
I’m always thirsty when I wake up, so I guzzle a bottle of Smart water before I scramble tofu with onions, peppers and spinach and top it with salsa. I’ve been a vegetarian for years, but I recently became vegan.
I’m extremely happy, but I don’t do love songs for the most part. It feels weird; that’s such a personal thing to me. I’d rather live that in my real life and play a different character outside of that.
I’m fighting a losing battle here: I’m trying to lose some weight. I love chocolate; that’s one of my biggest downfalls. I haven’t gotten a whole lot of chocolate, thank goodness, because I’d probably be about 300 pounds.
I’m girlie in the sense that I like makeup, but I also love sports and man food.
I’m glad I can present a polished version of myself when it counts.
I’m kind of a nervous person in general. I’m socially awkward. I’m not tall and sensuous. I usually wear sweats everywhere I go. Oh, and I burp a lot.
I’m not a drama person, but when you can make a movie in song form in three-and-a-half minutes, it’s surreal.
I’m not a mushy person at all.
I’m not the person in person that I am on stage.
I’m not worried. I’m just so grateful to be in the position that I’m in. I’m just going with the flow right now, and I think my album will come together quite nicely because I think everybody is on the same page.
I’m really lucky in the sense that my hair holds curl awesomely well. It looks the same at 10 P.M. as it does at 10 A.M. One of my favorite products is Oribe Dry Texturizing Spray. I can get a lot of volume with it. I’m from the South – I like big hair.
I’ve heard all kinds of crazy rumors about myself. I’ve even heard that I’m pregnant! I’ve become real good about laughing things off – I figure I’d better get used to it.
I’ve learned it’s really important to work hard and keep your family and friends close. You’ve got to let them know how much you appreciate them for sticking by you.
I’ve learned this, that haters wanna hate. You could sing a song perfectly, you could write the songs perfectly, and some people are absolutely going to hate you.
I’ve never been one for doing remixes. Then I’ve gotta decide which version am I gonna be tonight: country Carrie or pop Carrie? I’d rather just make country music that anybody can get into no matter what they listen to.
I’ve never really been anywhere, and now I get to go everywhere. I just have to make sure there’s enough memory on my computer to hold all my pictures.
I’ve seen people that get onstage and sing while they have tears running down their face – I can’t do that. When I cry, it starts like in my throat, so when I have something that’s really emotional, sometimes if I access that too much, I can’t finish the song.
If something can be said to make an awkward moment even worse, I’m going to say it.
In the romantic sense, I’m pretty useless with guys. If I see somebody who I’m attracted to, generally I just think, ‘Oh well, he’s not interested in me.’ The only time that I talk to guys is when they talk to me first.
It seems women are expected to be so much more than men, which means we have to work that much harder. We’re the ones under the microscope. We’re expected to sound perfect. We’re expected to look perfect all the time. We’re expected to be style-setters, whereas the boys roll onto the stage in their jeans, T-shirts and baseball caps.
It wouldn’t be a Carrie Underwood album without a revenge song on it. People really like when I do that. I don’t mean to. I don’t hate men that much. But it turns out so well!
It’s great when you can write a meaningful song that touches people, but sometimes you just wanna have fun and sing a silly song that doesn’t reflect on you as a person.
It’s hard to find normal celebrities.
It’s nice to know you have support. Last night I got a marriage proposal. I just laughed.
It’s so easy to get caught up in this weird life. This isn’t normal and I’m not singing for people that live my life. I’m singing to the life I used to have. The life I want to have again.
My cell phone is my best friend. It’s my lifeline to the outside world.
My inner rock chick has always been there. I grew up listening to a lot of rock music through my sisters, who were teenagers while I was young, so they had control of the radio.
My mom had a job, and she also took care of us, and she also took care of Dad – I always saw her pulling triple duty, doing more than I ever felt like she needed to. I made a promise to myself that it would be more of a team effort in my family someday. And because of that, I became more independent.
My very first magazine cover was the National Enquirer.
Nobody’s going to tell me that my dog doesn’t love me. That’s crazy talk.
Occasionally, I’ll be on the Internet and see something about me and give in to the urge to click on it. It’s hard not to. Usually, I wish I didn’t.
Once you get into a routine of eating healthy, it hurts twice as much when you fall off the wagon.
Once you get into a routine of eating healthy, it hurts twice as much when you fall off the wagon. But it’s nice to have a few bites of something you like. I’m not a sweets person, but I love pasta and pizza – oh, buddy!
Right afterwards there was a whole, whole lot of press to do, so the week after, all day, every day, was press so I didn’t really get a chance to celebrate.
Singing is just a feeling set to music.
So many people always try to help me carry my luggage and help me do things I can do myself. If I can do it myself, I’m going to do it myself. I’m not going to let other people do it for me, and I think that’s a big part of where I came from. I’m not a real prissy girl.
Some weeks, I’m super-duper busy, so I can only fit cardio in here and there, a lot of stuff happens in the afternoon, so I can get up and have a workout, which makes me feel awesome for the rest of my day. There’s just something sexy about feeling strong. And every night I’m onstage, I get another workout.
Sometimes a girl’s gotta have some chocolate!
Successful people have a social responsibility to make the world a better place and not just take from it.
Technically I have siblings, but they are quite a bit older than me – I was the accident – so I have the only-child syndrome going on. I’m a little more selfish, a little more independent, a little closed. I do wish I were softer. I wish I were able to form relationships better.
The first one I remember singing on stage was ‘Somewhere Out There’ from ‘An American Tail.’ I was around 7, and my choir teacher at school asked me if I would sing it. My parents told me that I needed to move around the stage, so for the entire time I just walked back and forth from side to side while I was singing – there’s videotape of it.
The older I get, the harder it is to splurge without consequences. I love food. Chocolate and cheese and anything that’s bad for me. I’ll be really good when I’m at home so I can eat what I want to when I’m out with friends.
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.
The only reason I felt like I could sing a song like ‘Blown Away’ is because I have definitely lived through my fair share of trips to the cellar in the spring. We were no stranger to that. I still ask my mom, ‘Is the cellar cleaned out now? Is everything OK?’ Even in my new house, I had something built in it that’s like a storm shelter.
The TV is often on in our house, but I really only keep up with three shows: ‘American Idol,’ ‘Modern Family’ and ‘The Walking Dead.’ Sometimes I’ll sip red wine – it’s a nice way to slow down and relax.
There’s a lot of things that are said on the American Idol message board. I quit reading them because most of the people are very mean.
There’s not ever much of anything going on in my head.
This is the best night of my life. And it’s going to get better.
Throw caution to the wind and just do it.
To me, getting to do music and videos, you work on a character. Being onstage is acting; you get to be larger than life and larger than yourself.
We don’t have milk cows. People have so many stereotypes of people from where I come from – Oklahoma. We don’t ride around in covered wagons, either.
We see new male artists have their first single reach No. 1 on the charts, but it generally takes a female a lot longer to build momentum.
We’re all different. That’s what makes us special. We have to love each other and get on with each other. It’s not up to me to judge anybody.
When I got into all the grunge stuff, I really liked Hole. I actually saw them in concert when I was a sophomore in high school. It was kind of rare to see a successful female rocker get down and dirty with the guys. And Courtney Love did. It was fun to be a fan of something different.
When I was in seventh grade, I totally had a crush on a guy who was older than me, and he listened to alternative music. So he was into Days of the New and stuff like that, and more poppy stuff, too, like Matchbox Twenty.
When I’m with my parents, that’s the place I can unplug. That’s the place I can shut down and not worry about work or what’s going on. I go home and hang out with them. I sleep more there than any place else ever.
You know how you feel when you get full? Well, I don’t get full. I can eat a lot. Mike and I were in Italy for 10 days, and I put on 8 pounds. So in real life, I have to make sure I’m not eating just to eat.
You never know what curve balls life is going to throw you and there’s no way I can predict anything or make any assumptions about what the rest of my life is going to be like.