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Carrie Underwood remembers being rejected before winning “American Idol” Associated Press

After snagging an NHL hockey player, being crowned the “American Idol” and possibly having the cutest baby ever, you’d think that Carrie Underwood would be shouting “Winning!” from the rooftops, but the singer knows what it feels like to lose.

At 14 years old, Carrie came close to landing a contract with Nashville’s Capitol label.

“I kind of had an artist development thing. They were saying ‘show us what you got and we’ll give you a ‘yes’ or a ‘no’,’ and I got a ‘no.’” Carrie tells BBC radio about the painful rejection.

Little did she know, that “no” was a blessing in disguise.

The then freshman went back to farm country and eventually closed up shop on her voice box. After high school, she became a sorority sister and studied mass communications at Northeastern State University. Thinking that a singing career was far from reach, she gave it one last shot and auditioned for the fourth season of “American Idol.”

With powerful renditions of Martina McBride and Shania Twain songs, Carrie won the singing competition, and the rest is history. When asked if she had the chance to take the Capitol contract at 14 she says,

“I mean, I was a baby then. There’s no way I would have been vocally, or mentally prepared to be able to go through any of that. So, It all worked out exactly like it should.”

Nashville-based writer and Rare Country contributor Melinda Lorge has always been passionate about country music. Follow her @MelindaLorge and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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