|Carmen Rasmusen Herbert|
|Birth name||Carmen Rasmusen|
March 25, 1985|
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, actress|
|Labels||R3, Lofton Creek|
Rasmusen was born on March 25, 1985 in Edmonton and is of Norwegian heritage. She is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The second of four children, Rasmusen has been performing in public since the age of five: singing, dancing (including cheerleading, tap, ballet and hip-hop dance), and playing the piano.
Rasmusen auditioned initially in Los Angeles and was put through to Hollywood. She was originally eliminated by the judges during the Top 100 stage. In a surprise move, Rasmusen and three other young female singers were brought back to compete in the Wild Card show. No clear reason was made public, but speculation at the time centered on the show's producers wanting to provide a greater demographic diversity in the Final 12.
Rasmusen performed "Can't Fight the Moonlight" by LeAnn Rimes for her Wild Card performance. Although the judges, including Simon Cowell, opined that it was not a good enough performance to advance, the next night Cowell chose her as his "judge's choice" to move into the Top 12. Carmen survived for seven weeks in the finals, earning generally mixed reviews from the judges throughout her stay. Her performances of "You Can't Hurry Love" and "Turn the Beat Around" received relatively high marks from both judges and viewers, while her rendition of Blondie's "Call Me" during Billboard Number One Hits Night drew brickbats. Judge Randy Jackson was often one of her harshest critics.
Rasmusen was praised by her fans as having a wholesome, girlish appeal and for refusing to wear outfits she thought were inappropriate for her. Fans also cited her on-stage energy and strong vocal projection. Detractors pointed to her recurring difficulty in controlling her natural vibrato and her tendency to yodel when changing registers. She was also one of the most outspoken defenders of the show among the second season finalists in the wake of the scandal involving Corey Clark's allegations regarding Paula Abdul.
As the only contestant in the second season under the age of eighteen, she had to spend three hours a day with an on-set tutor. Her mother had to accompany her with the other contestants to the special American Idol house, where they all lived during the competition. She also became close friends with season 2 runner-up Clay Aiken.
After her elimination she went on to appear in numerous shows promoting American Idol and she appeared on the last episode of the second season singing with the other finalists. Rasmusen also appeared on the American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs singing "How Do I Live" by LeAnn Rimes.
In June 2008 Carmen starred as one of the headliners for a live music show in Branson, MO, called America's Favorite Finalists. The show featured six top 12 American Idol Finalists performing their own music, cover songs and group numbers. The show ran at the Grand Palace.
- Wildcards - "Can't Fight the Moonlight" by LeAnn Rimes
- Top 12 (Motown) - "You Can't Hurry Love" by The Supremes
- Top 11 (Movies) - "Hopelessly Devoted to You" by Olivia Newton-John
- Top 10 (Country Rock) - "Wild Angels" by Martina McBride
- Top 8 (Disco)1 - "Turn the Beat Around" by Vicki Sue Robinson (Bottom 2)
- Top 8 (Billboard Number One Hits) - "Call Me" by Blondie
- Top 7 (Billy Joel's Music) - "And So It Goes" (Bottom 2)
- Top 6 (Diane Warren's Music) - "Love Will Lead You Back" by Taylor Dayne (Eliminated)
- ^Note 1 Due to Corey Clark's disqualification, the Top 9 performances became Top 8 when no one was eliminated.
Her first EP, Carmen, was self-released and included her first single, Photograph.
Nothin' Like the Summer
Rasmusen is signed with Lofton Creek Records. Her debut album, Nothin' Like the Summer was released on August 28, 2007, and the first single, "Nothin' Like the Summer", debuted in the United States on April 24, 2007 and also debuted in Shanghai, Australia and United Kingdom. The song was written by Rasmusen, Victoria Shaw and Jason Deere, who also produced both the song and her album.
Rasmusen did a radio tour in support of the album; she participated in shows at 30 radio stations and 10 television shows including Fox, MSNBC, Today, and Geraldo. She also opened concerts for Tracy Byrd and Jason Michael Carroll.
As part of her tour, she started a new program called "Hitching a Ride" where fans can hitch a ride and hang on her tour bus.
Rasmusen also appeared in a three episode series of NBC's Fear Factor, aired on June 13, 2006 - June 27, 2006 . In the first episode, she was teamed with Anthony Fedorov, and won the first challenge involving a demolition derby, ultimately winning a trip to Africa. She finished in second place.
In June 2006, Carmen played a news reporter in commercials for Maverik, a convenience store in the western USA.
In the fall of 2007, Carmen's first book was released. Staying in Tune discusses how she's been able to uphold her values while involved with the entertainment industry.
On December 15, 2005, Carmen married Bradley Herbert, the son of Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert in Bountiful, Utah. In December 2008 she gave birth to a son named Boston. Her second son Beckham Herbert was born on October 26, 2010.
|Nothin' Like the Summer||
|2007||"Nothin' Like the Summer"||Nothin' Like the Summer|
|2007||"Nothin' Like the Summer"||Roman White|
Awards and nominations
|2005||New Music Weekly Awards||"New Country Artist of the Year"||Won|
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