Where do you go after you’ve reached the top of the charts? For Lauren Alaina, you start the climb all over again.
After her first No. 1 song, “Road Less Traveled,” Alaina was quick to build on that momentum and release another great tune called “Doin’ Fine.”
“I feel like ’Road Less Traveled’ was a baby step in the direction of telling people who I am. ’Doin’ Fine’ opens that door wide,” Alaina told Billboard Country Update.
When she was writing the new song with Emily Shackleton and busbee, she said, she’d been watching her family life kind of unravel. Divorce, rehab and more.
“It’s all you think about. That divorce and my dad’s recovery, that was what my life was at the time,” she said.
But she poured her feelings out on paper, and a song was born.
“We can’t let the bad things that happen to us define us. It’s how we react that defines us. That’s why I put in the whole thing about ’I hit my knees and pray like hell,’ because I didn’t know what else to do.
“At some point, I thought, ’God, can you throw me a bone?'”
And while Alaina admits summer is usually a time for country’s feel-good jams, this is more of a message song.
“And message songs mean the most to me,” she said.