American Idol catapulted the 2005 winner, Carrie Underwood, from her idyllic childhood in small-town Oklahoma to the national stage and gave her the opportunity to chase her real dream; being a "country music star." The Idol fan base of over 30 million viewers did not guarantee her success or acceptance into the country music club on Music Row. But, after one short year and winning the coveted CMA female vocalist award, usually reserved for veterans of the industry, Carrie officially arrived on the scene and cemented her acceptance into the family circle of country music. After only five years, Carrie Underwood has sold more than 10 million albums. Her highway to Nashville was untested and untraveled but ultimately resulted in the American Dream come true.