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You know what they say in ELF, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” And that’s exactly what Lauren Alaina did this holiday season, making a surprise visit to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt through one of Musicians On Call’s (MOC) weekly Bedside Performance Programs.
Alaina delighted the patients and staff, spending time with them and singing holiday carols that included “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Jingle Bells,” “Santa Clause is Coming to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Silent Night.”
“Everyone deserves a smile for the holidays, and smiling isn’t exactly the first word that comes to mind when you think of a hospital, but I went there with that goal to make that happen for everyone I met,” shares Alaina. “It wasn’t as easy in some rooms as it was in others, but at the end of the day, I made it happen somehow. I can’t imagine spending my holidays in the hospital. I honestly don’t know if I’d feel like smiling either, but I know it would mean a lot to me to have someone visit. I hope I made a difference.”
For more information on MOC, visit www.MusiciansOnCall.org.
At Monday’s CMT Next Women Of Country showcase, Season 10 American Idol runner-up, Lauren Alaina, debuted a new song called Same Day, Different Bottle. Lauren co-wrote the track about alcoholism, which hits extremely close to home for the country star.
At the BMI Country Awards, Lauren explained her personal connection to the song:
“The song is about my father,” she confirmed. “He actually got out of rehab today! I haven’t gotten to see him yet, because he’s back in Chattanooga, where I’m from. That song was like therapy for me. It’s not easy growing up in a household with something like that. I love my dad — he’s one of my favorite people in the world — and he’s a great person. He just struggled with alcohol, and he’s overcoming it right now, so I’m really proud of him. I played him the song, and he loved it. It made him cry. I think it was good for him to hear my side and to see how it affected me. Today is a new beginning for him. It’s gonna be a battle for the rest of his life, but I’m going to be right there with him, and pray that every day he doesn’t want to drink it up and touch a bottle. I hope it’s no longer the same day, different bottle. Different day, no bottle!”
Congratulations to country star, and former American Idol runner-up, Lauren Alaina! She somehow found the time with her busy career to graduate high school last week. She graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.
Check out a clip from her graduation below and don’t forget to graduate her on this milestone:
Want to dress like the stars without paying for it? Here’s your chance! Belldini‘s fall fashion will be just one of the many styles seen on the stars this year and they want you to feel like a star too! We are giving away one (1) Women’s Gold Belldini Drop Needle Tank, courtesy of Belldini, as seen on Lauren Alaina! Lauren wore this tank on the show Simply Southern on GAC. Lauren had great things to say about the tank and now we want you to have the chance to wear one too!
One lucky winner will be able to pick their size (S-XL). To enter, just follow the form below! You can tweet about the giveaway once per day to increase your chances of winning. Winner will be chosen at random and notified by email this Sunday, good luck!
The Academy of Country Music welcomed Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope recording artist Lauren Alaina to the office while she was in Los Angeles this week.
While at the Academy she performed her latest single “Eighteen Inches” as well as her top 30 hit “Georgia Peaches” and was welcomed to the ACM as a professional member.
Rossville, Georgia native Lauren Alaina made her way back to her hometown area this past week to give back in her free time in between her Eighteen Cities Inch-By-Inch tour. While Lauren might be just like your typical 17-year old teenager, she also has a huge heart with a big desire to help others. On Thursday of last week, Lauren made her way over to the City of Refuge in Dalton, GA to spend some time with the children and their families in the refuge community.
“I love kids, I was going to be a special needs teacher before I was a singer,” Lauren explained before going in to meet the children at the City of Refuge. “Anything I can do around my area to help out, I’m always excited to be a part of that. I have this thing where like if I see a homeless person out on the road, I’ve never passed a homeless person and not given them money. My friends are always like ‘Lauren, don’t look!’ because they know I give them anything in my wallet. Or, if all I have is my credit card, I go buy them food. I’ve always had a special heart for them.” At the age of 9, Lauren met a homeless man named Kevin that she became friends with, and she attributes her feelings towards homeless men and women to this. “You never know what the circumstances are for the person that’s on the side of the street. People are quick to judge them and think that they just don’t want to work, but that’s not always the case. So, I have a big heart for people who, you know, aren’t as fortunate as I am.”
I think it’s safe to say that 18 is a lucky number for Lauren Alaina right now. She has just announced an 18-city tour, in honor of her 18th birthday on November 8th, and her current single “Eighteen Inches.” It seems like just yesterday that she was 15 trying out for American Idol, doesn’t it?
Well, Lauren’s all grown up now! She will be teaming up with local charities and the Special Olympics to embark on this journey, and will donate a portion of each of her sales from her limited edition 18-City Inch-By-Inch Tour t-shirts. Lauren is trying to make a difference city-by-city, inch-by-inch.
Fans who cannot make it to one of these shows can still do their part and purchase the limited edition t-shirt from Lauren’s website www.laurenalainaofficial.com.
“Eighteen Inches,” co-written by Carrie Underwood, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley, has hit the Top 40 on the country singles chart and is steadily rising.
Twitter hashtag: #18cities
The “Eighteen Inches” Tour dates are as follows:
Sept. 21: Bloomsburg, PA – Bloomsburg Fair • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Sept. 22: Long Island, NY - Pennysaver Amphitheater • Charity: Long Island Military Veterans
Sept. 29: Salem, VA – Salem Farmer’s Market • Charity: Salem Rotary Club
Oct. 4: Atlanta, GA – Wild Bills • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 5: Dalton, GA – Northwest GA Convention Ctr. • Charity: City of Refuge and Family Promise of Dalton
Oct. 9: Akron, OH – Sultan’s Cabaret “Chicks with Picks” • Charity: Akron General Medical Ctr. Muffins for Mammograms Breast Cancer benefit
Oct. 11: Baton Rouge, LA - Livingston Parrish Fair • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 13: Maryville, TN – Foothills Fall Festival • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 15: Visalia, CA – KJUG Courtyard • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 20: Ashburn, VA – Farmwell Station Middle School • Charity: The Nature Nuts Program
Oct. 21: Miami, FL – Hard Rock Live • Charity: Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital
Oct. 23: Orlando, FL – Cowboys • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Oct. 25: Mobile, AL – TBD • Charity: St. Jude
Oct. 27: Raleigh, NC – City Limits Saloon • Charity: SPCA of Wake County and Johnston County Animal Rescue League
Nov. 2: Ladson, SC – Coastal Carolina Fair • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Nov. 8: LAUREN ALAINA’S 18TH BIRTHDAY
Nov. 9: Jacksonville, FL – Greater Jacksonville Fair • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
Nov. 11: Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome at France-Merrick Perf. Arts Ctr. • Charity: Susan G. Komen for the Cure Maryland
Nov. 12: Pittsburgh, PA – TBD • Charity: Special Olympics (local chapter)
For more information about Lauren Alaina and her tour dates, you can head on over to LaurenAlainaOfficial.com.
Lots of young screams and cheers could be heard at the Grand Ole Opry last night as Lauren Alaina made her 4th appearance, performing 3 songs for the packed Wednesday night crowd. She opened up her set with her new single, “Eighteen Inches,” which made it’s debut on the Billboard Charts at #55 this week. Next up, she performed a medley of Kitty Wells songs, including ‘Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)’ and ‘It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,’ in honor of the late singer who passed away on July 16. Kitty Wells was the first female artist to have a #1 song on the charts.
Lauren’s beautiful voice was sure to make Kitty Wells proud, along with her sassy stage presence. Before closing her set with Georgia Peaches, she announced “Kitty Wells was a sassy little thing and I love it! So am I.”
Check out the audio below of Lauren’s Kitty Wells medley:
Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope and American Idol Season 10 runner-up Lauren Alaina will release her new single ”Eighteen Inches,” off her debut album Wildflower, to radio on July 16. This is the third single off Wildflower, following “Georgia Peaches” and “Like My Mother Does.”
The song was co-written by fellow American Idol contestant and big-time country artist Carrie Underwood, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley.
“It’s amazing to have an artist like Carrie Underwood, whom I look up to so much write my single,” beamed Alaina. “Kelley, Ashley, and Carrie all did a wonderful job writing such an incredible song. I feel so honored to be able to bring to life the beautiful story within the song.”
“It’s so wonderful when a song you had a hand in writing finds the perfect home,” said Carrie Underwood. “Lauren’s voice tells the story of ‘Eighteen Inches’ beautifully. What an incredible talent!”
It’s great to see that Lauren and Carrie are now friends, after Lauren had the chance to sing with Carrie on the American Idol finale for season 10. We personally love “Eighteen Inches” and hope this will be a big hit for Lauren! What do you think?
Throughout the week, the 3rd Annual ACM Lifting Lives Music Camp has been taking place in Nashville, TN with some of country’s famous faces volunteering their time to help out. The music camp is a week-long residential program open nationwide to those with developmental disabilities who are talented in music. ACM Lifting Lives camp has partnered with the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, which is for individuals who have been diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, a genetic disorder similar to Autism but with musical ability or intense music interest. ACM Lifting Lives funds the costs of the camp, which allows the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities to enhance their training and research and to dedicate their service to improving the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.
So far this week, the campers have had the opportunity to participate with some of country’s biggest stars, including Lauren Alaina, Luke Bryan, Brett Eldredge, Jana Kramer, and hit singer/songwriter David Lee Murphy and producer Paul Worley.