Before she was selling millions of albums, selling out stadiums, and being one of the top artists in country music, Carrie Underwood was just a young kid who loved music.
Back in 2005, Underwood was a senior in college who decided to audition for “American Idol.” She was pursuing a degree in broadcast journalism at the time due to a passion for writing and being on the screen.
Carrie Underwood Advice to Young Self
However, as soon as she performed Bonnie Raitt’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me,” her life changed forever.
“Trying out for American Idol. That was something that was so outside my comfort zone and I just took this big leap and it has worked out in the most incredible ways. I’ll never regret that,” Underwood said to Seventeen.
Underwood clearly doesn’t regret adjusting her path in life to become a musician. She does wish she took parts of music more seriously back in the day.
Carrie Underwood was asked what piece of advice she would give her 17-year-old self. She proceeds to criticize her earlier self for an obsession with singing. She didn’t take as much time to learn other elements of music. However, her focus on singing clearly worked out.
“I kinda wish maybe I could go back and tell myself you need to take these piano lessons and guitar lessons a little more seriously. I just always wanted to sing, I love music obviously, but maybe if I had an earlier start I’d be better at those things now … can play, but I wish I could play better,” Underwood said.
Carrie Underwood also admits to feeling like she’s shyer than people think. In the past five years, Underwood has continued to grow her active clothing brand called Calia.
In a Bustle article from 2017, Underwood explains how the clothing brand and being active helps keep her mind clear. It all has to do with something else she’d probably tell her 17-year-old self.
“When I was younger I worried about what people thought about me. I wish I could go back and tell my younger self what I know now — that trying to fit into someone else’s vision of you will never make you happy. Now I focus on the goals I set for myself and try my best to do what’s right for me,” Carrie Underwood said.
Favorite Song to Perform
Carrie Underwood is infamous for her powerhouse voice. She admits to not having quite that same level of skill when it comes to playing instruments. Underwood is not the sole writer on any of her tracks.
Instead, she has very talented writers that help her and she usually has a co-writer credit. While it isn’t a regret, Underwood loves one of her earlier songs so much she wishes she actually wrote it.
“I’m going to pick one of my own songs. ‘Jesus Take the Wheel’ you know that’s one of my very first songs that people kind of know me by. I’ve sung that song a million times and I always say I never get tired of it. That’s the honest to goodness truth. I feel like I could sing that song every single day and I just love that song so much,” Underwood said to Seventeen.
“Jesus Take the Wheel” came out in 2005. It is the first single off her debut album, “Some Hearts.” It is the first No.1 hit of Underwood’s longstanding career of cranking out No.1 hits.