Lauren Alaina is all grown up and ready to shine, but the journey to this moment didn’t happen overnight.
The Georgia native was a performer from day one and immersed herself in the music of great females like Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Shania Twain — and Beyoncé.
“Beyoncé is my girl,” she says with a giggle during her CMT Next Women of Country Live chat.
And while her influences covered a wide range of genres, Alaina was able to find a way to bring them together and make them all her own.
“I took the different things I liked from each genre, and it became my sound naturally,” she said. “A lot of my melodies are very R&B and some of my songs are very traditional country. It depends on the song.”
A star-making turn on American Idol gave Alaina the spotlight she deserved and the fans that continue to support and love her. But she still had some important work to do — like figuring out who she is, what she wants to say and how she wants to say it as a person and an artist.
And what a beautiful woman and artist she’s become. Now, Alaina knows exactly what she wants to say.
“And I’m ready to say it,” she says with a confident smile.
Enjoy her exclusive performance of “Road Less Traveled” from CMT Next Women of Country Live.