Calling all Carrie Underwood fans! The American Idol season 4 winner announced on her Web site today that she will be kicking off her Play On Tour in March of 2010. “I am getting so excited about next year as we are currently working through all the big plans for the tour,” Carrie said. “I cannot wait to perform new music and see familiar faces across the U.S. and Canada!”
The tour will feature opening acts Craig Morgan and Sons of Sylvia, and the first leg of 45 shows runs through May 30. Tickets go on sale next Friday, Dec. 18!

It certainly has been a busy year for Carrie, 26, who launched her third album Play On, performed select concerts across the country and co-hosted the Country Music Awards with crooner Brad Paisley in Nashville.

Play On debuted at number one on both the country and pop album charts and has sold over 700,000 copies in five weeks. The release earned the highest first-week sales of the year for any solo country artist.

Last year, Carrie’s successful “Carnival Ride Tour” ended after 137 shows with 1.2 million fans coming out to see the country star.

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In a recent interview with Esquire magazine, Carrie reflected on taking the big trip to L.A. for American Idol back iin 2005.

“I was so nervous when I was on my way to L.A. I’d never been on a plane, and I was going alone. I kind of got teary-eyed,” she says. “My dad was driving, and he said, “If you want to go home, we can go home, and you never have to think about this again. And I thought, If I don’t go, I’m choosing for this not to happen. It will be my choice. So I figured it would be easier for me to get kicked off American Idol than to have it be my own decision.”

Carrie has come a long way since her Idol days. The country queen is a a four-time Grammy winner, ACM Entertainer of the Year, a three-time CMA and three-time reigning ACM Female Vocalist winner. She is also a member of the Grand Ole Opry with total album sales now exceeding 11 million.

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