Carmen Rasmusen (born March 25, 1985 in Edmonton, Alberta) is a Canadian-American country music artist who ranked sixth on the second season of American Idol in 2003. Rasmusen also plays piano and guitar.
Despite being eliminated, Rasmusen released an EP by herself, called Carmen featuring her first single, "Photograph". Three years later, Rasmusen signed a record deal with Lofton Creek Records. Her debut album, Nothin' Like the Summer, was released in 2007.
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 #1 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.
Rasmusen made her acting debut in 2003 in the feature film Pride and Prejudice: A Latter-Day Comedy as Charlotte Lucas. In 2004, Carmen released an EP by R3 Records, Carmen. On December 15, 2005, Carmen married Bradley Herbert, the son of Utah Lt. Governor, Gary R. Herbert in Bountiful, Utah. Their marriage was announced on FOX 13 News in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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.
In June 2008, it was announced that Carmen is expecting her first child, a boy, with husband Brad Herbert. The baby is due on Christmas Eve.
Rasmusen is not only out doing the radio tour set up by Mike Borchetta of Lofton Creek Records, she also started a new program called “Hitching a Ride” where fans can hitch a ride and hang on the bus for a while. This is being done through the local radio stations.
Rasmusen also stopped at 30 radio stations and 10 Television shows including Fox, MSNBC, and Geraldo on Fox News Channel. She has done several live performances all over the country one of which she opened for Tracy Byrd and Jason Michael Carroll.
|Nothin' Like the Summer|
|2007||"Nothin' Like the Summer"||Nothin' Like the Summer|
|2005||New Music Weekly Awards||“New Country Artist of the Year”||Won|