Georgia native Lauren Alaina went from competing on Season 10 of American Idol in 2011 to winning her first American Country Music Award for New Female Vocalist of the Year at the 2018 award show, where she performed "Doin' Fine."
Alaina-the only female vocalist to land two No. 1 singles in 2017, "Road Less Traveled" and "What Ifs"-is back on the Lakes Jam lineup to perform at 8 p.m. June 27-the first day of the three-day music fest taking place at Brainerd International Raceway, north of Brainerd and Baxter. Alaina was scheduled to perform at last year's Lakes Jam music festival, but had to cancel after getting sick.
According to Alaina's website, she was also nominated for ACM Vocal Event of the Year for "What Ifs," the double-platinum-selling No. 1 collaboration with her childhood friend, Kane Brown. Alaina is one of CMT's Next Women of Country and she received her first CMT Music Award for Breakthrough Video of the Year with her No. 1 smash "Road Less Traveled." This year she received her second CMT Music Award for Collaborative Video of the Year, with Kane Brown. In addition to performing on the 51st Annual CMA Awards, 2017 saw the artist earning nominations for CMA New Artist of the Year, several Teen Choice Awards and Radio Disney Music Awards.
In her "Ladies in the '90s" album, Alaina recalls growing up in the '90s when there were so
many more female role models on the radio. She name-checks tunes by Faith Hill, Britney Spears, Deana Carter, TLC, Dixie Chicks, Reba, Spice Girls, Christina Aguilera and more.
Alaina debuted "Ladies in the '90s" on "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest 2019."
Earlier in 2017, she followed up her No. 1 debuting first album, "Wildflower," with the release of the critically acclaimed "Road Less Traveled." The album landed on multiple end-of-year "Best Of" lists including Billboard, Rolling Stone and Amazon, and it became the top-streamed female country album release of the year. The collection of 12 songs all written by the young star includes her first No. 1 hit, title track "Road Less Traveled." Alaina, 24, was also the youngest woman to have her album debut that high since LeAnn Rimes 15 years prior.
Alaina has toured with country legends and superstars including Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, Rascal Flatts, Darius Rucker and Jason Aldean, her website stated.
Quick question-and-answer with Alaina
Q: What type of show can Lakes Jam fans expect from you?
A: We try to make sure our festival shows showcase all parts of our artistry. We keep it high energy for most of the show and have a few really emotional moments."
Q: You got sick last year and had to cancel. Were you excited to be asked back?
A: Festivals are my favorite kinds of shows. I'm so excited to be playing Lakes Jam.
Q: Describe your music.
A: I grew up listening to all types of music: '90s country and pop, '80s rock and R&B. I feel like you can hear a little bit of all of that when you listen to my music.
Q: What are your favorite songs and why?
A: My favorite song literally changes everyday. That's the great thing about music. There's a song for every feeling you could ever feel and new ones come out everyday. I'm listening to a lot of Morgan Wallen and Thomas Rhett right now.
Q: Tell me how your interest/passion in music began?
A: I have loved music as long as I can remember. My mom jokes that I learned to sing before I learned to talk. Music has always been my way to express myself.
Q: What are your musical influences?
A: My favorite artist of all time is Dolly Parton. She has the biggest impact on me for sure. I love her.