Lauren Alaina At Grand Ole Opry
The sweet country and pop sounds of Lauren Alaina may be new to the music world, but they are certainly leaving an impression. This talented young artist was born in 1994 in Rossville, Georgia and spent the days leading up to her stardom working at CiCi’s Pizza and cheering on the football team at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. She first dabbled in music after being inspired by her cousin Holly; Holly had been diagnosed with a brain tumor and her strength encouraged Lauren to take up singing. In 2009, Alaina came out on top at the very first WinniSTAR youth talent contest at Lake Winnepesaukah amusement park. The next year, she auditioned for American Idol and managed to fight her way to the finale, where she was claimed second prize. After the tenth season wrapped up, Alaina found her way to the Grand Ole Opry stage, where she made her debut appearance in a performance alongside Martina McBride on June 8, 2011.
It has only been a short time since this eighteen year old has been gracing the country music airwaves, but she has already released one album, Wildflower, which peaked at the Number Two spot on the U.S. Country charts and Number Five on the U.S. charts. The album featured songs such as “Like My Mother Does,” “Georgia Peaches” and “Eighteen Inches,” each of which has been met with favorable reviews.
Alaina has been nominated for a few awards, such as the CMT Music Awards’ USA Breakthrough Video of the Year, the Teen Choice Awards 2012’s Choice Female Country and Choice TV: Female Reality Star for American Idol, and the Inspirational Country Music Awards’ Inspirational video for “Like My Mother Does.”
Lauren is currently working on her second album, for which she is writing her own songs. She began writing her own lyrics before American Idol, including those in “Leaving” and “Set Me Free.”