CMA Female Vocalist of the Year Carrie Underwood to Visit Troops on USO Tour to Persian Gulf

ARLINGTON, Va. – Country music superstar and 2005 “American Idol” winner Carrie Underwood will soon embark on her first USO tour to the Persian Gulf region. Underwood, who recently received the Country Music Association’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” Award and “Horizon” Award, will perform and meet with service members.

After becoming the 2005 “American Idol” winner in the show’s fourth season, Underwood’s career has skyrocketed. Her debut album, “Some Hearts,” was certified quadruple platinum and is the fastest-selling debut female country album since the introduction of the Nielsen SoundScan in 1991. “Some Hearts” will close 2006 as the best-selling country album of the year. In addition, all three singles from the CD have hit the top spot on the country music singles chart: “Jesus, Take The Wheel,” “Don’t Forget To Remember Me” and recent five-week #1 “Before He Cheats.” Underwood is the only solo female artist to top the country chart in 2006 and also leads as the artist with the most cumulative weeks at #1 on the R&R country chart so far this year.

Since the release of her debut album, the Checotah, Okla., native has received numerous awards this year, including “Breakthrough Artist” at the American Music Awards, the “Top New Female Vocalist” and “Single of the Year” Awards from the Academy of Country Music, two CMT Music Awards and many more.

This tour continues the USO tradition of bringing celebrities to visit troops during the holiday season. Celebrities who recently participated in USO tours include Chuck Norris, Drowning Pool, Bill Engvall, Craig Ferguson, Kathy Kinney and Shinedown.

USO tours are sponsored by AT&T, Inc., the official telecommunications sponsor of USO entertainment tours.

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About the USO: For more than 65 years, the USO (United Service Organizations) has been providing morale, welfare and recreational services to U.S. military personnel and their families. The USO is a nonprofit, charitable organization, relying on the generosity of the American people to support its programs and services. The USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners AT&T Inc., BAE Systems North America, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Military Channel, S & K Sales Co., TriWest Healthcare Alliance and The Walt Disney Company. Other corporate donors, including the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-0600), have joined thousands of individual donors to support the USO. For more information on the USO, please visit our Web site at www.uso.org.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 11, 2006 Contact:
Reggie Borges, (703) 908-6471
rborges@uso.org
Jessie Schmidt (615) 846 3878
for Carrie Underwood
Jessie@schmidtpr.com