A Southern singer with a bent toward contemporary country-pop, Lauren Alaina first came to the public's attention as the runner-up in the 2011 season of Fox's American Idol. She earned a number five Billboard 200 album with her 2011 debut, Wildflower, and a number one Billboard Country Airplay single with the title track to her 2017 sophomore album, Road Less Traveled.
Born in 1994 in Rossville, Georgia, Alaina grew up listening to country music and first began singing around age three. Prior to American Idol, she was a cheerleader at her high school and performed regularly around Georgia, where she won the WinniSTAR youth talent contest in 2009. She competed in the finals of the tenth season of American Idol against ultimate winner Scotty McCreery — also a young country singer — and eventually earned the silver medal.
After wrapping Idol, Alaina released the single "Like My Mother Does," which sold over 200,000 copies during its first two months of release and helped earn her a contract with Mercury Nashville. Her full-length debut album, Wildflower, followed several months later in 2011. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 and reached number two on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. In 2013, she released the single "Barefoot and Buckwild" and returned to American Idol to perform the song.
In 2017, Alaina released her sophomore full-length album Road Less Traveled, which featured the title track single co-written by Alaina, Meghan Trainor, and Jesse Frasure. Also included on the busbee-produced album was the single "Next Boyfriend." The album landed at number 31 on the Billboard 200 and number three on the Top Country Albums chart. Also that year, she scored a number one country hit appearing on Kane Brown's single "What Ifs." In 2019, she released the single "Ladies in the '90s." with "Run" arriving in summer 2020. ~ Matt Collar