Seven years have passed since Lauren Alaina finished runner-up to Scotty McCreery on the tenth season of American Idol. Though the Georgia native began releasing music that spring (her debut single “Like My Mother Does” hit No. 36 on Hot Country Songs that year), it took six years for her music to be heard by the masses. In 2017, however, Alaina made up for lost time. She notched a Country Airplay No. 1 with “Road Less Traveled,” and topped Hot Country Songs alongside Kane Brown with “What Ifs” in October. She was also voted by radio programmers onto the prestigious New Faces Show, which closes out the Country Radio Seminar next Wednesday (Feb. 7) in Nashville.

“It’s been a crazy journey for sure, and it’s crazy that it took six years to catch on and to get some traction,” she tells Billboard of her path to stardom. “Last year was the craziest year of my life. It was insane, but I am so excited about it – and what the future holds,” she beams, admitting that the differences between her first two albums are many. “I worked very hard on the music, writing on the Road Less Traveled for about four years. I didn’t get to write the first album (2011’s Wildflower) at all that much – just one song. When you come off a show like American Idol, it’s so fast paced that they don’t give you much time at all in the creative process. But I got to take my time on the album, and got to write every song on it. They are my actual stories. I think that made a difference, and I think that made me believe in the music even more. All of the things I had been working for all of my life started to fall into place last year. That was the best feeling in the world.”

Source : Billboard