Dynamic Duo Lauren Alaina & Manager Trisha McClanahan Prep For a Bust Fall Season
By LB Cantrell at MusicRow
Since her introduction into entertainment as the runner-up on season 10 of American Idol, country singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina has captured the hearts of fans and industry members alike with her powerhouse vocals and genuine and relatable persona. The singer-songwriter has earned three No. 1 hit singles in just under three years with her smash “Road Less Traveled” (2017), the now 6x Platinum “What Ifs” (2018) with Kane Brown, and most recently, “One Beer,” (2020) with Hardy and Devin Dawson.
Her manager, Trisha McClanahan, got her start in the music business in the late ’80s and went on to join Reba McEntire’s Starstruck Entertainment in 1990, where she remained for 20 years. During her tenure at Starstruck, McClanahan worked in concert promotions, sponsorship facilitation, touring, and public relations. She rose to VP of Marketing at Starstruck and helped to develop product extensions for McEntire that included a clothing line, shoe line, bed and bath line, and home goods—as well as promoted books, movie, a TV sitcom, a Broadway show, and multiple albums. In 2010, McClanahan left the Starstruck umbrella to form McClanahan Management.
The dynamic duo, who have been together since 2014, have an impressive list of projects coming up this fall.
Building on the success of her two critically-acclaimed EPs released in 2020, Getting Good EP and Getting Over Him EP, Alaina will release her new album, Sitting Pretty On Top of the World, tomorrow (Sept. 3) This is her third full-length album for Mercury Records Nashville and undoubtedly shows the singer at her most vulnerable and tender—with Alaina co-writing 14 of the 15 tracks alongside award-winning songwriters Liz Rose, Lori McKenna, Hillary Lindsey, Emily Weisband, David Garcia, Ben Johnson, and more.
“I am the happy, go-lucky, goofy girl, but this album shows a different side of me,” Alaina says of the project. “I wanted to show that there was more to me than just being the girl who can make you laugh.
“The Road Less Traveled album changed my life,” she continues. “It was really an album about becoming a woman. This album is about being a woman. Road Less Traveled really helped set up my brand of loving myself and loving others and Sitting Pretty On Top of the World is all about me continuing to love myself even when others may not. Every girl goes through her breakup album and this is mine.”
In addition to the album, Alaina will star in a Hallmark Channel movie, Roadhouse Romance, premiering on Sept. 11. Starring alongside Tyler Hynes, Alaina plays Lieutenant Callie Jackson who returns home after a military tour to find her late grandfather’s BBQ restaurant is struggling and her high school sweetheart has moved on. Alaina’s character meets Hynes’, a television director visiting town, and he teaches her how to keep looking forward instead of looking back.
“The Hallmark team came into town two or three years ago and we sat down with them at CAA. They had an interest in Lauren and had followed her career. They came to us with this concept and this script, which was so perfect for her,” McClanahan says. “It has a lot of family values in it, she plays someone in the military and her farther was in the military, and it allows her to sing.”
This isn’t Alaina’s first time on the silver screen. In addition to her role on American Idol, she was a contestant on the 28th season of Dancing With The Stars, even making it to the final round. Alaina is also slated to star in an upcoming episode of CBS Television’s Secret Celebrity Renovation.
Although Alaina hasn’t acted much, she says it does come naturally to her. “It feels like another way to entertain and I love it. I like anything that we can do as an extension of the music,” Alaina says. “Music is always the number one priority. My character is not a singer but she likes to sing. We always have to have a little bit of Lauren Alaina in anything that we do.
“Everything boils down to the music for us,” Alaina continues. “It all has to make sense with the music and what our ultimate goal is.”
Alaina will also release her new book, Getting Good At Being You, on Nov. 23. The book, like Alaina’s new album, is soul-baring, with Alaina sharing stories about everything from lost loves to getting a nose ring to battling an eating disorder to grieving a loved one’s death.
“Approachability is part of Lauren’s brand,” McClanahan says. “She is the girl next door and people can relate to that. She has been famous since she was 15 and has continued to allow America in to who her heart is. That’s what the book addresses.”
Alaina adds, “We are in such a time of chaos and hurt. All of the projects that are coming out from us are about healing. A Hallmark movie makes everyone feel good. This book is about overcoming obstacles, my own personal growth in my faith, and my growth in my self-worth. And the album is all about healing.”
With the new album, her new book, and her movie, Alaina is about to have a busy—and likely very prosperous—fall season. “It’s the fall of Lauren Alaina!” McClanahan quips.
Alaina’s album Sitting Pretty On Top of the World is out everywhere Sept. 3. Her Hallmark movie, Roadhouse Romance, premiers on Sept. 11 and her book, Getting Good At Being You, will be available on Nov. 23.
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Slice, Slice Baby - A Virtual Pizza Party
Join Lauren Alaina on Wednesday April 14th at 5pm PST for a virtual pizza party! Hang with Lauren while she makes a homemade pizza, shares exclusive insights about her upcoming projects, and answers your questions live! Follow along with Lauren’s recipe in your own kitchen or get a pizza delivered and just hang out. However you slice it, this is going to be a party. To spice it up, Virtual Meet & Greets along with exclusive pizza party merchandise are also available.
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Lauren Alaina VYE Livestream October 14th
Back by popular demand! Join Lauren Alaina for her second livestream concert, fresh off the heels of her EP release, GETTING OVER HIM. Lauren will perform songs from the new record, as well as fan favorites, and a few special guests will join her - all in front of a virtual live audience!
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Lauren Alaina Getting Over Him EP Coming September 4
EP’s First Song “Run” To Be Released Friday, July 31 Across All Digital Service Providers
EP Cover Art, Track Listing revealed!
Platinum-selling singer-songwriter Lauren Alaina, releases her new song “Run” on Friday (July 31), across all digital service providers. “Run,” co-written by Alaina, Ben Johnson and Kennedi, is the first song from the multi-award winner’s upcoming new EP, Getting Over Him, coming September 4.
“I wrote ‘Run’ with Ben Johnson and Kennedi,” said Alaina. “We are all running. Constantly. Non-Stop. Even in this quarantine, we are all still the busiest we’ve ever been. Life just keeps going and going and going in unbelievable paces as we try to race ourselves to the next thing. My idea with the song was to refer to examples of all things that run because no matter what your walk of life is we are all racing to the next thing. We are all trying to get where we are going. We all get our hearts broken. We all have these childhood dreams. We ‘run’ to make it all happen.”
“Music is my lifeline,” said Alaina. “Music literally pulls me out of everything I ever go through [career, heartbreak, family, self-worth, love] and I feel really empowered with this music. I feel like this music shows my personal growth and my emotional growth. This EP of songs is all about loving myself through other people not loving me and not staying with me. It’s about me being able to get back to that same confident girl I wrote about on Road Less Travelled and to hold on to that confidence. I get to celebrate that with this music and I am so excited. I can’t wait for the fans to hear it.”
Getting Over Him features two duets, including the title track duet with her labelmate and friend Jon Pardi. “I’ve done duets with other people for their projects, but I have never done any for my own,” says Alaina. “I’ve got a duet with Pardi on his album, and then he loved this one [“Getting Over Him”]. His energy is so amazing. I can’t believe I have a rebound song – but I do. (Laughs).
The Georgia native also enlisted International pop sensation Lukas Graham to duet with her on her most vulnerable and heartbreaking “What Do You Think Of?” “Lukas Graham’s vocal on this is ridiculous,” said Alaina. “I am the most nervous about releasing this one because I was so vulnerable when I wrote it. Most of my songs come from more of a sassy and empowered place and this song comes from a really broken place. But I think it’s important because it is a part of who I am. It’s a part of what I went through. And if I am going to be honest in my music I have to share songs like that too.”
Getting Over Him EP Track Listing:
1. Run Lauren Alaina/Ben Johnson/Kennedi
2. If I Was A Beer Lauren Alaina/David Garcia/Hardy
3. Bar Back Lauren Alaina/David Garcia/Hilary Lindsay
4. Getting Over Him (duet with Jon Pardi) Lauren Alaina/Paul DiGiovanni/Emily Weisband
5. Seen You In Your Hometown Lauren Alaina/Ben Johnson/ Kennedi
6. What Do You Think Of? (duet with Lukas Graham) Lauren Alaina/Johan Carlsson/Asia Whiteacre
Alaina, one of the hottest rising female artists in country music, is making her way up the country singles chart with her current radio single “Getting Good,” the title track to the EP. Last month the Georgia native released, across all digital platforms, a special mix of “Getting Good” which features her friend/mentor, superstar Trisha Yearwood.
Alaina has most recently performed on the 40th annual broadcast of the top-rated PBS special “A Capitol Fourth performing “This Land Is My Land,” CMA Summer Stay-Cay livestream special where she performed “Women of Summer” with Lindsay Ell and Cassadee Pope as well as “Say It With a Song” Game with Devin Dawson and HARDY as well as CMT’s Benefit Concert for Love & Acceptance and she and her friend Kane Brown performed their 5XPlatinum-selling “What Ifs” on the recent nationally-televised CMA Best of Fest on ABC.
Lauren Alaina Reveals Cover Art and Track List for New EP ' Getting Good'
After the release of the fun, nostalgic “Ladies in the ’90s,” followed by the deeply personal track “The Other Side,” Lauren Alaina is letting fans in on the full scope of her upcoming six-song EP, Getting Good, which releases March 6.
Alaina co-wrote five of the EP’s tracks, with the exception of the title track, which was penned solely by songwriter and pop artist Emily Weisband. Jesse Frasure and David Garcia each produced and co-wrote tracks on the project.
Thursday night (Feb. 13), Alaina opened the first show on Blake Shelton’s Friends & Heroes Tour 2020 in Portland, Oregon. The tour continues tonight in Tacoma, Washington, and includes upcoming shows in Spokane, Washington; Bakersfield, California; Denver, Colorado and more.
Getting Good EP Track Listing
- In My Veins (Lauren Alaina, Cary Barlowe, Hillary Lindsey, Jesse Frasure)
- Getting Good* (Emily Weisband)
- Somebody Else’s Problem (Lauren Alaina, Jesse Frasure, Geoff Warburton)
- Ladies In The ’90s (Lauren Alaina, Jesse Frasure, Amy Wadge)
- Country In Me* (Lauren Alaina, David Garcia, Emily Weisband)
- The Other Side* (Lauren Alaina, Zach Kale, Jon Nite)
Produced by Jesse Frasure
LAUREN ALAINA HAS FULL-CIRCLE MOMENT WITH FAN ON THAT GIRL WAS ME TOUR
Lauren Alaina’s That Girl Was Me Tour took on a whole new meaning at a recent show when the singer saw herself in a young fan. The “Getting Good” singer posted a photo of a young girl hugging her and visibly sobbing as she met her in a meet and greet. As noted in the caption, Alaina admits that she did the exact same thing when she first met Carrie Underwood on the set of American Idol. This got Lauren thinking about the kind of impact she is making on young fans with her music.
“I got so excited when I saw Carrie in the room that I started sobbing,” Lauren writes. “After I said this to this little girl, I had this crazy moment. I thought, ‘Does my music have the same impact on her that Carrie’s music has on me?!’ I can only hope that my music means as much to little girls (and people of all ages) as Carrie’s music means to me.”