Lauren Alaina Never Expected to See Herself at a No. 1 Party
Lauren Alaina still can't believe her good fortune. The Season 10 American Idol runner-up recently celebrated her first No. 1 hit, "Road Less Traveled;" the song is the title track and second single from Alaina's sophomore album. For Alaina, who co-wrote "Road Less Traveled" with Jesse Frasure and Meghan Trainor, the success is more than she ever envisioned for herself.
"I don’t remember being at those No. 1 parties and thinking that I would ever have one," Alaina recently shared at a celebration in her honor. "It was really weird for me. This party kind of made me realize, ‘Oh my goodness, I’ve got a No. 1 song,’ because I get to celebrate it with all of the people. Jesse is here, and he’s been super influential for me, period, as a songwriter, and he’s a good friend of mine, so it’s crazy, and exciting, that my first No. 1 is with him."
The success of "Road Less Traveled" is just part of what has been a monumental year for Alaina. The artist has gotten to spend time on the road with some of her favorite singers, and she's on tour with Luke Bryan, on his Huntin', Fishin' and Lovin' Every Day Tour, this summer.
"I toured with Jason Aldean and Alan Jackson, and I had both of their names in one of my songs, ["Georgia Peaches"], so I think I’m just going to start popping people’s names into songs that I want to go on the road with," Alaina says with a laugh. "But I’m super excited about Luke. When we were on tour with Jason Aldean, Luke was on that tour as well, and their camp, they are the nicest humans -- not just him; everyone that works for him is as nice as he is. So I’m excited to be on that tour.
"I got to tour with Martina McBride, who is one of my favorites of all time," Alaina adds. "I mean, I’ve had a good year. I’m pumped. And I can’t wait to get back out on the road and sing my songs."
Within the recent months, Alaina also earned her first-ever ACM Awards nomination, for New Female Vocalist of the Year. She is also currently nominated for three CMT Music Awards, including Female Video of the Year.
"I’m so pumped," gushes the 22-year-old. "I’ve never had three nominations for any awards show, so that was pretty crazy when I got that call.
"I’ll have a heart attack if I win," Alaina adds. "I had my first ACM nomination at the last awards show, and I was pumped and didn’t win, so I don’t know what I would do if I did win."
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