There is a very long, very good story aboutCarrie Underwood in the upcoming USA Weekend. It has a happy ending, too. At the bottom of the story she sums up everything she has going on with, “Life seems really good right now. It makes my heart happy.”
It’s a long story, too, so it includes the litany of awards and honors she’s won since she was crowned an American Idol, but also has more details about her background than I’ve heard before. Like that she waitressed at some place called Sam & Ella’s Chicken Palace in Tahlequah, Okla. That she used to sing for tiny crowds that might not have even been paying attention. And how she got a little bit of attitude from Nashville at first.
“Nobody ever came up to me and pointed his finger and said, ‘You shouldn’t be here.’ But it was always, ‘So and so said such and such.’ But can you honestly imagine me spending 20 years singing in bars trying to make it? That doesn’t fit me at all. Idolwas the door God opened for me, and I took my chances,” she said.
She adds that friendships with other artists don’t always work out, but not because of any competitive cat-fighting or animosity. “It’s hard to be friends with people in the business. You’re never in the same place at the same time,” Underwood says. Even when it came to dating, before fiancé Mike Fisher came into the picture, she says she told guys: “This is how it’s going to be. You’re not going to see me much, so you’re going to have to love the phone, because that’s the only contact we’ll be able to have.” Fisher must love the phone, because that relationship obviously worked.