“I can’t wear just a tank top. You have to cover me up!”
Carmen, quoted in People magazine
After becoming an overnight success on the hit TV show American Idol, Carmen Rasmusen has remained in the public eye, appearing on national programs such as David Letterman, Tyra Banks, MSNBC, Today, Access Hollywood and even NBC’s Fear Factor.
Along with the spotlight came many temptations and worldly pressures associated with the entertainment business. Through it all, she has stuck to her goal of staying true to the Young Women values, including modesty, chastity, and obedience to the Word of Wisdom.
In this book, Carmen shares never-before-published stories and photos from her life, such as:
- Her experiences as part of the cast of Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat with Donny Osmond
- Her unique path through the American Idol audition process as judge Simon Cowell’s “Wildcard” selection
- Her trials and triumphs as an American Idol finalist
- How she negotiated her way around the “bikini clause” in the Fear Factor contract
- Her opportunities in Nashville as a country music artist
- The joy of her temple marriage
- Why the gospel will always be her top priority
Staying in Tune is an exciting, behind-the-scenes look at how a young woman has stayed in harmony with the gospel while achieving her dreams.
News Articles and Interviews
Article in the Davis County Clipper 12/4/2007
Interview on Beliefnet.com 1/16/2008
"What can I say? I’m star-struck. I got to meet Carmen Rasmusen, and not only did she meet my expectations, she exceeded them. And so did her book.
I was a fan of Carmen’s when she competed on “American Idol.” Every week she impressed me not just with her singing, but with the type of person she was throughout the competition. For someone her age to handle the pressure of being on such a high-profile television show with the grace and class Carmen did, says a lot about Carmen, and about her family.
Her book, Staying in Tune, shares her experience on “American Idol,” and her gospel-centered upbringing that prepared her so well to handle the pressures of that experience. In the book, she also shares what she learned along that journey and what impact the experience has had in her life, all the while staying true to her values and beliefs.
Believe it or not, as a girl, and then as a young woman, Carmen struggled fitting in, just like so many girls do. In her book, she tells that she had a tendency to learn things the hard way and she shares how she went through the agony of braces and feeling unpretty and unpopular.
She had many exciting things happen, like being chosen to be a member of the children’s chorus in the Broadway production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Donny Osmond. She also had typical teenage tragedies happen running for student body office and losing, and being talked about behind her back and ostracized by girls whom she had thought were her friends.
Throughout the book, Carmen shares tidbits of wisdom she has learned while growing up. By using the Young Women values, she talks about prayer, faith, honesty, chastity, and important issues facing Young Women today. One of the qualities she talks about, which seemed to attract some of her greatest opposition, was her decision to dress modestly.
From the very beginning of her time with “American Idol,” until the end of the tour promoting her own CD, Carmen has had to defend her position over and over again. But she remains strong and true to her beliefs and standards and shows that it is possible to make dreams come true and still be true to yourself.
I recommend this book to every Young Women who is, or isn’t, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Carmen writes in an open and honest way, which is exactly as she is in real life. Her story is interesting, fun and touching. Her advice to Young Women is consistent with gospel teachings and her actions are a reflection of her testimony.
Before, I was a fan of Carmen, the “American Idol,” but I am now even a bigger fan of Carmen Rasmusen Herbert, the person. Make sure you don’t miss Staying in Tune."