Lauren Alainas debut album, Wildflower, is a vibrant bouquet of compelling stories, powerful emotions and soaring vocals that is as irresistible and delightful as Lauren herself.
Lauren captured Americas heart when she appeared on American Idol earlier this year and revealed her enthusiasm, humor and warmth, as well as a commanding voice with an impressive range that has been compared to the genres premier vocalists, including Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride. She helped make the show one of the most popular yet. A record-breaking 122.4 million votes were cast for the finale, which garnered 29.3 million viewers, as well as 38.6 million who tuned in to see the winners name announced. She signed her record deal shortly thereafter and began recording her debut album with producer Byron Gallimore.
The result is a fitting musical portrait of the 16 year olds personality, optimism and life experiences. Theres sauce and sentimentality, as well as an unwavering hope for the future and a belief in true love. "Wildflower is the perfect name for my first album," she says. "I would consider myself a wildflower because wildflowers are sweet, but then they have a little bit of spunk to them they are wildflowers," she says. "I like to have a lot of fun and Im really sassy.
"I tried to get songs that were all different so everyone would have a part that they liked because people are different," she says. "I tried to make it so that it would please everyone. Its just me; that is what the album is: its Lauren Alaina. That is the common thread."
Laurens inimitable spirit is showcased in "Georgia Peaches," a fun celebration of Southern girls that proclaims, "Love to dance and we love to flirt, aint afraid of a little dirt." Lauren says, "I am a Georgia peach. Even if you arent from Georgia, you can appreciate it because its the type of song that will get you up off of your feet and dancing."
Lauren co-wrote "Funny Thing About Love" with Brett James and Luke Laird after discussing her own romantic experiences with them. "I feel like it turned out really great and Im excited to see how people will respond to my own style of writing, as well as my style of music, period. Its about when you like someone and they dont like you, and when you dont like them anymore, they like you. Timing is everything. When you are young, it never really works out. You are always on a different page."
"Growing Her Wings" explores the coming-of-age quest for independence through the tale of a teenage girl who reads Cosmopolitan magazine, against her mothers wishes, after shes grounded for kissing the boy next door. "Shes growing her wings behind closed doors and shes ready to fly away," Lauren says. "I felt like that is who I was six months ago and Ive formed my wings and Im flying."