Get to know Lauren Alaina, our October pick for Nashville Rising, and read our exclusive interview with her below!
1. What does it mean to you to be chosen as one of Rdio’s 2015 Nashville Rising artists?
Alaina: I worked on this new music for two and a half years writing over 200 songs. It's so rewarding for me to finally be back with new music and being recognized for it. I am so excited to see what the next year holds.
2. How has the city of Nashville affected your work and your songwriting?
Alaina: Nashville has completely transformed my artistry and songwriting. I have been fortunate enough to write with the best of the best in town and learn from them. I feel honored to be in such great company.
3. You were handpicked by ESPN, along with Imagine Dragons, to contribute new music for the college football season. What was your inspiration behind the songs you wrote for this project?
Alaina: I feel like "History" is a completely different accomplishment than I have made in my career so far. I usually go into every opportunity as an artist, but I wrote for this project from more of a songwriter's standpoint. I love the song so much, but it's not something I would write for my album. I had a ton of fun creating it because it's so different than everything I am working on with my new music. I'm super proud and honored to have this opportunity. Let's be real. I'm a Georgia girl; which means football is LIFE. Lol.
4. Why do you think music and football go so well together?
Alaina: Music and football both have a unique way of bringing extreme emotions out of people. There's nothing like getting fired up about your favorite song or favorite football team.
5. Who are your Nashville Rising artists for 2015? Who do you think is poised to break out of this town?
Alaina: I think Danielle Bradbery has a great shot at becoming a female front runner in our format. She is super cute and has a beautiful voice. I love her to death.
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