Country Throwback: Teenage Carrie Underwood Covers ‘I Hope You Dance’ on Demo Album

by Matthew Wilson

They say greatness comes from small beginnings. And Carrie Underwood was wowing audiences even at an early age. She may have only been in her teens in this video. But she was already on her way to becoming a country superstar.

Most people know that Underwood got her big break when she appeared and won the musical competition “American Idol” in the early 2000s. But the singer pursued her dreams for superstardom much earlier than that. In this resurfaced song, Underwood tries her hand at Lee Ann Womack’s popular tune “I Hope You Dance.”

Womack released the song in 2000, and its popularity led to the tune becoming one of her signature songs. Underwood’s cover of the tune followed not long after in her pre-“American Idol” days. Reportedly, Underwood recorded the song in 2001 when she was only 18-years-old.

But Underwood started singing much earlier than that. For instance, Underwood performed a live rendition of Martina McBride’s “Broken Wings” for audiences when she was only 14. She carried herself better than performers twice her age.

Carrie Underwood and ‘American Idol’

But Underwood wouldn’t become a national sensation until she was in her early twenties. The singer appeared on “American Idol” during the height of its popularity. And Underwood and her charming Southern personality instantly connected with audiences watching everywhere.

Not only did she appear on the show, but she also won the competition. Audiences watched a star in the making as Underwood blossomed into a confident and dynamic singer. She became one of the most successful talents to appear on the show,

Little did Underwood know that her life would change forever at the young age of just 21 years old. Afterward, she turned her popularity into a successful country career, releasing her smash hit “Jesus, Take the Wheel” in 2005. She wowed even country legends like Randy Travis, who was so impressed he inducted her into the Grand Ole Opry. At the time, Underwood was its youngest member.