This past year for Lauren Alaina has been a wild one. From hitting No. 1 on country radio with “Road Less Traveled” to performing on main stages at major festivals, it’s safe to say the 24-year-old has earned her spot in country music royalty.
But none of it has come easy.
Females are in the minority when it comes to country music and are often limited when it comes to the type of songs they are expected to release. Alaina, however, is breaking the glass ceiling and is not only becoming super successful on her own, but also giving ladies the representation they deserve in a male-dominated field.
“It’s important for all of us to be heard. I’m very fortunate that I’m getting booked on these festivals and the last two or three years of my career really took off, but it’s been a lot slower compared to some of the guys and that’s just the reality of it.” Alaina tells CS Country backstage before her performance at the iHeartCountry Festival in Austin. “I think it’s important for the women to keep fighting and creating really great music that can stand up and hold its own with what the guys are doing. And just keep fighting. I just played to 85,000 people [at Stagecoach] and they were engaged the whole 50 minutes I was on stage and I’m a female, so you can’t tell me that it’s not possible.”
The Georgia native is keeping audiences engaged with her latest single “Ladies in the ’90s,” which is a fun, upbeat song that pays homage to an era and the artists who helped define Lauren’s youth and cultivate her love for music and song. It includes nods to Alanis Morissette, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, Madonna, Reba, Shania, and more.
“It’s hard for me to pick, but Shania is probably my favorite lady from the 90s,” she gushed. “I sang like every Shania song in karaoke, but my favorite female artist of all time is probably Dolly Parton. It’s a toss up for me.”
She also admitted her dream 90s collaborations, which include Britney Spears and… Spice Girls.
“Britney Spears hands down. Or if I could get the Spice Girls together and do a song, I would have a heart attack. I would collab with any of them. I don’t know how to make a list. Just like anybody from the 90’s, call me.”
Up next for Alaina is the 2019 CMA Music Festival in Nashville next month where she will be making multiple appearances from Thursday, June 6 through Sunday, June 9.
Reporting by Kaylee Cottee