OFFSTAGE: Lauren Alaina Sings With Connection

(CMT Offstage keeps a 24/7 watch on everything that’s happening with country music artists behind the scenes and out of the spotlight.)

There are no words to describe how thoroughly I love this song “Like My Mother Does.” I love it as a mother, as a country fan and as a Lauren Alaina fan. And as a daughter, even though my own mother passed away a few years ago. Getting to see some behind-the-scenes footage from the video shoot out in California makes me love the tune that much more. Because knowing that director Shaun Silva went through about 12 hours of the Alaina family’s home movies so he could project a few of them throughout this video shows me how much he cares about the artsy side of crafting imagery that is as emotional as lyrics. Lyrics like. “When I’m weak and unpretty/I know I’m beautiful and strong/Because I see myself/Like my mother does.” Words that are at once tender and powerful. Even Alaina admits it was emotional to look through the photo album of her real life. And even tougher, she says, “After I was looking through the pictures, I had to roll over and sing on my back and look up, and it was real awkward.” But in the final video, you see a rookie who doesn’t sound like a rookie at all. And you see what Silva means when he says, “She sings with so much connection.”

Alison makes her living loving country music. She's based in Chicago, but she's always leaving her heart in Nashville.