This story also will appear in Tuesday’s Life section of The Oklahoman.
Oklahoma country superstar Carrie Underwood has picked a name for her hotly anticipated third album: “Play On.”
Scheduled for Nov. 3 release, “Play On” takes its title from the name of a song featured on the new album, but it also seems appropriate considering the stunning momentum the Checotah native has built since winning “American Idol” four years ago.
Since the release of her debut album, “Some Hearts,” in 2005, Underwood has amassed sales of more than 10 million albums with her first record and 2007′s “Carnival Ride.” Earlier this year, she became the first country artist in history and the only “American Idol” winner to achieve 10 No. 1 singles from their first two albums.
Underwood, 26, also has earned numerous industry accolades: She is a four-time Grammy winner, the current Academy of Country Music entertainer of the year and the reigning three-time ACM and Country Music Association top female vocalist.
She is currently continuing to work on “Play On,” with producer Mark Bright, who produced “Carnival Ride” and seven tracks from “Some Hearts.”
Her third album release also will be part of an exciting fall for the star. Last week, she returned to her hometown to announce the donation of $117,000 in musical instruments to Checotah schools, courtesy her new Checotah Animal, Town and School Foundation and the Academy of Country Music’s charitable arm, ACM Lifting Lives.
In addition, Underwood will be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Sept. 17 at the Muskogee Civic Center, 405 S Boston Street. She and the other 2009 honorees also will perform at the ceremony.
For tickets or information on the state hall of fame event, call (918) 687-0800 or go to www.omhof.com.