|Lauren Alaina Dishes on Summer Highlights and Her 'Respect' for Lady Gaga|
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|Saturday, 10 September 2011 10:30|
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Lauren Alaina has indulged in a pretty fun summer following her runner-up honor on Season 10 of ‘American Idol.’ She’s been touring the country these past five months with her ‘Idol’ gang — Scotty, Pia, Haley and James, among others — shared the stage with country veteran Martina McBride at the annual CMA fest, and even wrapped up recording for her upcoming debut, ‘Wildflower’ (which we’re assuming sounds as sweet as her cover looks).
Her bustling summer, of course, includes hanging out with new bestie Pia Toscano at a Red Sox game and picking up charming East Coast guys. “I approached him and told him I thought he was cute,” she casually beams about spending the day with peers at Fenway Park.
Now it seems as though this hustle-and-bustle may spill over into the fall season as we steadily approach the release of her first album — which hits stores Oct. 11. Alaina takes time in-between getting her makeup and hair done to running through sound check and meet-and-greets to chat with PopCrush; she dishes on some of her “upbeat” tracks on the album, a collaboration (or not?) with ‘Idol’ alum Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga as a mentor, and who she would love to collaborate with in the pop world. Hint: It’s someone around her age!
How are you and the crew celebrating once the American Idol Live! Tour ends next week?
What will you miss about touring together all summer?
Well, you guys are clearly having fun, so I’m sure that’s why it’s flown by…
So … Did you give him your number?
I noticed when you sing your debut single, ‘Like My Mother Does’ live, and when you sang ‘God Is Great’ with Martina McBride at the CMA Music festival, you deliver the slide technique between some notes, which seems to work really well with your voice. Is that something you discovered on your own, or something introduced to you by your vocal producer?
Tell us about that moment when you sang ‘God Is Great’ with Martina McBride at the CMA Music Festival. At one point you even mouthed, “Oh My Gosh.” What was going through your head when you were on stage in front of 70,000 people?
Lady Gaga was a mentor on ‘American Idol’ during the week when you guys had to sing material from the songbook of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. What did you think of her being your mentor and how was her advice helpful, if at all?
She gave excellent advice and helped me a lot. I was so surprised. She really knows her stuff. I was just listening to her help other people. It was just really cool to see that she has a great knowledge for music, she just has her own thing going. It’s not like she’s limited to what she does, she knows a lot about music. It was really cool to see that. I have a lot of respect [for her].
Did you watch the Video Music Awards last week?
Did he tweet back?
Well, I’m sure he will be tweeting back at you very soon … If you could collaborate with any pop artist, who would it be and why?
The very first ‘American Idol,’ Kelly Clarkson, recently told her fans in a video stream that she has another ‘Idol’ alum singing on one of her tracks on her upcoming album. So I have to ask: Is it you?
‘Like My Mother Does’ is a tearjerker. So how does the ballad compare to the rest of your album, tempo-wise and stylistically?
Listen to ‘Like My Mother Does’
So what about ‘Georgia Peaches’? Is that more of an uptempo song then?
Would you consider it as your next single?
After Scotty is done promoting his debut album, ‘Clear as Day,’ he says he’s planning on going back to school to finish his senior year. What are your plans? Do you see yourself continuing to record, or going back and finishing your junior and senior year of high school?
Read Taste of Country’s Interview With Lauren Alaina