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Lauren Alaina’s Debut Album to Be Released October 11

Lauren Alaina photo by Brian Bowen Smith, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

Lauren Alaina will release her debut album, Wildflower, on Oct. 11. She let her fans in on news last Thursday evening through an email before announcing it nationwide during her visit to ABC’s Good Morning America on Friday morning. It will feature her first single, “Like My Mother Does.”

“I have always dreamed of making an album and I can’t believe it’s actually happening,” Lauren said. “It’s because of the fans who voted for me on American Idol that I am here, so I am dedicating this album to them.  I hope they love it!”

For her first album, the Idol runner-up tried to include a song for any taste. “I feel like it has a flavor for everybody,” she said. “It’s a mixture of all different songs, so I hope it will appeal to all different kinds of people. There are fast songs for people who like up-tempos that you can dance to, and there are also tearjerkers for people who like slower ballads. I tried to get songs that are all a little different so that we could bring a fresh feel to each and every song.”

One of the songs Lauren chose for the album is “She’s a Wildflower,” written by Hillary Lindsey, Steven McEwan and Gordie Sampson. She connected with the song so strongly that it inspired her album title.

Wildflower is the perfect name for my first album,” she said. “I would consider myself a wildflower because wildflowers are sweet, but then they have a little bit of spunk to them – they are ‘wildflowers.’ I like to have a lot of fun and I’m really sassy, so I feel like a wildflower would be a good description of who I am as a person.”

Because of being on the American Idols Live! Tour, Lauren recorded her album in several studios across the country with producer Byron Gallimore, including several sessions in Nashville.“I really enjoyed working with him,” Lauren said. “I was nervous at first because I thought it was going to be really intense and hard and maybe even intimidating, but he made me feel right at home. I consider him family now. It was a great learning experience for me and I had a lot of fun.”

Lauren’s official website is offering an exclusive album pre-order package that includes the album, an autographed 8×10 photo, a personalized poster and an instant download of “Like My Mother Does,” as well as a chance to enter a sweepstakes for an ultimate Country Music Association Awards experience that includes a meet and greet with Lauren.

Watch “Like My Mother Does” now!

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