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Carrie Underwood Gives Thanks to Oklahoma

Underwood arrives at the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year ceremony Nov. 21, 2009 in Hollywood, Calif.
Underwood arrives at the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year ceremony Nov. 21, 2009 in Hollywood, Calif.
(AP Photo/Greg DeGuire - PictureGroup)

Carrie Underwood may not be in Checotah, Okla. anymore, but she certainly has not forgotten about the small town she was born and bread in.

Earlier this year Underwood started the C.A.T.S. Foundation (Checotah, Animal, Town and School) to help serve the needs and services of her hometown.

Underwood says she feels honored to be able to thank those who have always believed in her.

“My hometown is extremely supportive of me, and I feel blessed to be able to create something as a way of giving back; to say thank you”, said the 26-year-old multi-platinum recording artist.

In September, she generously donated $117,000 worth of brand new musical instruments to the Checotah Public Schools' music programs.

This month the reigning Academy of Country Music's Entertainer of the Year has only kept the donations going.

She has just donated a plaque with the lyrics and sheet music to the song inspired by her hometown, “I Ain't in Checotah Anymore”, to the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, which Underwood became a member of earlier this year.

Something else Underwood has become quite a member of is the top of the music charts. Her newest album Play On debuted at the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 200, and her latest single “Cowboy Casanova” granted Underwood with her 11th #1 single.

Underwood is fresh off of performing her 11th chart-topper at both the American Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards, where she also co-hosted with Brad Paisley.

Yet even with all her success and recognition, Underwood still finds the time to praise others. Thanksgiving night she was part of CNN's All-Star Tributes ceremony, which honors everyday heroes who have achieved incredible contributions to the world.

It would be no shocker if someday there is a tribute to honor Underwood for her achievements and contributions to the world of country music and beyond.



  • okla 5 years ago

    We still hope that Carrie will save her hometown movie theater. I don't know her personally, but I know that she is a wonderful person.