Carrie Underwood Reveals What Career She’d Pursue If She Wasn’t a Country Singer

by Katie Maloney

Long before she was on stage, Carrie Underwood believed that she’d follow this career direction. Hint: It didn’t involve country music.

Sixteen years ago, country music superstar Carrie Underwood blew American Idol judges away with her rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Since then, she’s won seven Grammys, eight CMAs, and 13 ACM Awards. She also started her own activewear line and published a book, Find Your Path: Honor Your Body, Fuel Your Soul, and Get Strong with the Fit52 Life.

But even with all that success, Carrie Underwood still has some ideas on how she could be better. In fact, during a recent interview, she said that if she could go back in time and give her younger self some advice, she’d tell her to take her music lessons more seriously.

“I kinda wish maybe I could go back and tell myself, ‘You need to take these piano lessons and guitar lessons more seriously,'” said Underwood with a laugh. “Because I just always wanted to sing. I loved music, obviously. But if I had an earlier start I’d be better at those things now. I can play, but I just wish I could play better. So, that would be one thing, ‘Take those more seriously, Carrie.'”

Carrie Underwood Didn’t Dream of Being a Country Music Star as a Kid

Carrie Underwood didn’t get to where she is now without dreaming big. Undoubtedly, it takes big dreams and lots of guts to try out for American Idol and pursue a career in the entertainment industry. But Underwood didn’t always dream of being a music star.

In fact, her original career goals didn’t include country music at all. During the same interview, she revealed her first childhood career goals.

“Broadcast journalism. I always enjoyed writing and I feel like that’s the thing that I loved about journalism. And I wrote for our high school paper and our college paper. So, maybe I’d be doing something in that realm,” said Underwood. “You never know where life is going to take you and I’m sort of a prime example of that. Because I thought I was headed in that direction and then boom. I’m on stage and just doing a whole lot of things I never really expected to be able to do.”