Alaina goes 'Barefoot and Buckwild' (Updated August 22, 2013)
No doubt, it was a big deal for Lauren Alaina to graduate in May 2013 from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. But the country starlet already has that milestone in the rearview mirror as she prepares to release her next album.
It was all the way back in September 2012 that Alaina announced she had been writing and reviewing songs for her next project. By January, she had posted on her Twitter account that she had started recording for that sophomore album. Four months later came the release of a track called "Barefoot and Buckwild," which debuted at No. 34 on the Hot Country Songs chart and failed to climb. Still, the lack of success hasn't deterred her in any way.
To celebrate her 18th birthday on November 8, Alaina embarked on an 18-city tour in support of her song "Eighteen Inches." She also teamed up with local charities and the Special Olympics to donate a portion of each sale of her limited edition "18-City Inch-By-Inch Tour" t-shirt. Fans who couldn't make it out to a show were able to purchase that t-shirt and other merchandise straight from Alaina's website.
Riding a tour bus around the country wasn't the only big move for the star. She recently moved out of her home state of Georgia in order to lay roots in Nashville. It was a choice she made conscious of the fact she'll be surrounded by music industry elite to continue advancing her career.
If we have to guess, fans are going to be going "Barefoot and Buckwild" for Lauren Alaina for a very long time.
About Lauren Alaina
A cynic might say that second place is the first loser, but don't tell that to American Idol season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina. She released her debut album, "Wildflower," on October 11, 2011 through 19/Interscope/Mercury Nashville , juggling the American Idols Live! Tour while recording tracks for the project in three major cities. It was the type of pressure that artists twice her age might've buckled under, but Alaina handled the whirlwind and her newfound fame like a pro.
The country format was never a question for the teen, who tackled songs like Sara Evans' "Born to Fly," Idol veteran Carrie Underwood's "Flat on the Floor," and Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance," during the TV competition. The lead single to her album, "Like My Mother Does," peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's Country Digital Songs chart and No. 36 on the Hot Country Songs chart. The follow-up, "Georgia Peaches," climbed to No. 28, a respectable debut for a talent as young and as raw as Alaina.
The Georgia native has been living life on the road since leaving Idol behind. She was selected to open for Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party tour to kick off 2012, then was picked up by Sugarland for a select number of dates on their In the Hands of the Fans tour. On June 16 she headlined the final show of Riverbend, a music festival in her hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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