The Next Carrie Underwood? ‘Idol’ Alum Signs Major Deal

Lauren Alaina has a significant new report deal, with a label that wishes to make her a megastar. On the morning of July 25, the “American Idol” alum awoke the nation music world with information that she’d signed with Big Loud Records, whose CEO — Seth England — mentioned she’s bought what it takes to have a profession as one of the vital well-known “Idol” alumni.

“Lauren Alaina deserves to be, for my part, on the identical pedestal as Carrie Underwood, and it is our job to assist her discover that mode,” England instructed Billboard Magazine.

Alaina first carried out with Underwood in 2011, on the Season 10 finale of “American Idol” wherein she was named runner-up to Scotty McCreery, who’s nonetheless a pricey pal. After the show, she instructed reporters that Underwood had been her private idol ever since she’d gained “Idol” 5 years prior. The two have carried out collectively many occasions since, together with on the Grand Ole Opry in 2016. At the time, Alaina instructed Sounds Like Nashville that she regarded as much as Underwood in each means.

“I simply assume she’s executed a very nice job general so far as she treats everyone kindly and she or he’s stunning and would not understand it,” she mentioned. “She’s like, such a tremendous singer, and actually takes care of herself, her voice, and her physique. I simply assume she’s simply actually inspiring. I look as much as her in that means as a result of she’s labored laborious for a very very long time and she or he’s proof that working laborious pays off. I like her. I look as much as her in each means just about.”

Signing with Big Loud Records is Alaina’s Dream Come True

On July 25, Alaina — who provides a foolish pun to each Instagram publish she writes — uploaded a photograph of her posing with executives at Big Loud Records.”Signed a really BIG and LOUD report deal,” she wrote. “Thank you @bigloud for being keen and LABEL to make music with me. Let’s goooooo!!!”

Alaina had been with Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville, having signed with the label proper after her run on “American Idol.” In April 2022, CMT reported thatAlaina “shocked nation music followers and business watchers” by asserting through social media that she was leaving the report label she’d been with since she was 16.

Now 27, the singer instructed Billboard that after parting with Mercury, she met with a number of report corporations, however Big Loud was her “dream label.” She revealed, “We had a inventive dialog about songs that I really like that different individuals have recorded and songs that I beloved of mine and form of what we needed the sound to be.”

After a strong profession with three solo #1 singles and a number of hit duets, England mentioned Alaina, who was inducted into Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry in February 2022, is prepared for the following degree of her profession. “We really feel like Lauren is completely the most effective vocalists, male or feminine, on this city,” England instructed Billboard. “Certainly she’s had success, however we humbly assume she has barely scratched the floor of what we expect we are able to do collectively.”

Alaina Leaned On Famous Friends For Career Advice

GettyCountry singers Lauren Alaina and Chris Lane acting at CMT Fest in June 2022.

Before signing with Big Loud Records, Alaina bought some good recommendation and encouragement from a few of her most well-known mates, together with Big Loud artist Chris Lane, her present duet associate on “Dancin’ within the Moonlight.”

“He goes, ‘You must. They will kill it for you,'” she mentioned of their dialog.

She additionally spoke to different artists on the Red Loud label, together with Morgan Wallen and HARDY. “Morgan mentioned one thing actually candy,” she instructed Billboard. “He mentioned, ‘You have a very large place on this format and I believe they’re gonna assist you to declare it.'”

Alaina cannot wait to get began making music with Big Loud, however she additionally hopes the following decade of her profession contains extra appearing (she appeared the 2021 Hallmark Channel movieRoadhouse Romance) and writing.

“I wish to do as a lot as I can do within the subsequent 10 years,” she instructed Billboard. “And I’d most likely prefer to additionally get married and have some youngsters. So I need to have the ability to steadiness all of that within the subsequent 10 years. I believe it is gonna be the most important 10-year span of my life to this point.”


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