Lauren Alaina

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Singer • Actress

Birth Name: Lauren Alaina Kristine Suddeth

Birth Date: November 8, 1994

Age: 29 years old

Birth Place: Rossville, Georgia

Lauren Alaina sang with bravado and maturity well beyond her years, which launched her music career and made her one of the most talented finalists on the 10th season of the reality singing competition "American Idol" (Fox, 2002-16). She was born Lauren Alaina Suddeth on Nov. 8, 1994 in Rossville, GA. The future music star attended Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School in Fort Oglethorpe, GA, where she was a member of the cheerleading squad. A devoted Christian, Alaina always loved to sing, but she did not pursue her passion until her cousin, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor, inspired Alaina to pursue her dreams. She began performing at community events, competing in local singing contests, and tried her hand at songwriting.

In 2011, Alaina tried out for the 10th season of "American Idol" in Nashville, TN, where she impressed judges Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler with her heartwarming rendition of Faith Hill's "Like We Never Loved at All" (2005), and then advanced to the semi-finals round in Hollywood.

With her small-town, country girl charm and powerful voice, Alaina became an early favorite to win the coveted title. Week after week, she wowed both judges and audiences alike, whether she was belting out country hits like "I Hope You Dance" (2000), the Motown classic "You Keep Me Hangin' On" (1966) or Martina McBride's inspirational "Anyway" (2006). Alaina made it all the way to the finals, but she almost had to bow out of the competition after blowing out her vocal chords during rehearsals. After receiving treatment, she was able to perform during the finale, but Alaina eventually lost out to fellow country crooner, Scotty McCreery. The pair had enjoyed a tight bond throughout the competition, sparking rumors that they were an item, but neither singer would confirm or deny. After the show wrapped, Alaina performed with the season's other contestants on the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2011, and was a presenter at the televised special "2011 CMT Music Awards" (CMT, 2011). In October 2011, Alaina released her debut album Wildflower, which landed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The album showcased the young chanteuse presenting herself as a flirty yet churchgoing good girl on the track "Georgia Peaches," accompanied by guitar and fiddle riffs and a distinct banjo groove, and belting out her appreciation for her mother in the ballad "Like My Mother Does."

By Candy Cuenco

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Grand Ole Opry: Keith Urban, Lauren Alaina, Michael Ray

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Christmas at the Opry

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2023

Grand Ole Opry: Luke Combs, Chris Young, Lauren Alaina

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Operation Appreciation: Bowling Green

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BarmageddonStream

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Beyond the Edge

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Backstage Pass: Countdown to the CMA Awards

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Secret Celebrity RenovationStream

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#1 Country

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ACM Music Event Nom

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2021

ACM New Vocalist No

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Lauren Alaina Feat. Jon Pardi: Getting Over Him

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The Best of Lauren

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Deana Carter, Lauren Alaina, Martina McBride and Ashley McBryde: Strawberry Wine

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Roadhouse RomanceStream

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2021

Nashville Music Special, Home For The Holidays

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I Can See Your VoiceStream

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CMA Best of Fest

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A Capitol Fourth

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Opry

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Carly Pearce's Picks

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Next Women of Country

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Lauren Alaina: Country in Me

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Smooth Country Vol.II

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Lauren Alaina: In My Veins

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Lauren Alaina: Somebody Else's Problem

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Carefree Country

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Lauren Alaina: Getting Over Him

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Lauren Alaina: Run

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Lauren Alaina: If I Was A Beer

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Lauren Alaina: Bar Back

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Lauren Alaina: Seen You in Your Hometown

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Lauren Alaina: What Do You Think Of

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Lauren Alaina Feat. Lukas Graham: What Do You Think Of?

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Fox's New Year's Eve With Steve Harvey: Live From Times Square

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Today With Hoda & Jenna

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Today With Hoda & Jenna

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Fav Country Females

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ACMs Rewind: Backstage at the 2018 Show

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Mom's Faves

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CMA FEST Must Sees

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Lauren Alaina: Ladies in the '90s

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Chris Young & Lauren Alaina: Town Ain't Big Enough (Studio Video)

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Lauren Alaina: The Other Side

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Lauren Alaina: Getting Good

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The 52nd Annual CMA Awards

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2018

CMA New Artist

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CMA Fest

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A Capitol Fourth

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53rd Academy of Country Music Awards

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Country Belles

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2017 ACMs Rewind: Lauren Alaina Interview

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Gals of the ACM

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ACM's New Female

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ACMs New Female Vocalist of the Year Nominees

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It Starts With M.E.: All Artists

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Women of Country

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CMA New Artist of the Year Nominee: Lauren Alaina

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Pickler & Ben

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Lauren Alaina: Next Boyfriend

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Kane Brown Feat. Lauren Alaina: What Ifs

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Lauren Alaina: Doin' Fine

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Lauren Alaina: My Kind of People (Acoustic)

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Road Less Traveled

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Lauren Alaina: Road Less Traveled

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Sing for Your Supper With Bob Waggoner

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Hot 20 Countdown

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Lauren Alaina: Georgia Peaches

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2012

American Country New Year's Eve Live

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In the Spotlight With Robin Roberts: All Access Nashville

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CMA Close Up Presents Road to the 2012 CMA Awards

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2011

Introducing Lauren Alaina

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2011

CMA Music Festival: Country's Night to Rock

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Lauren Alaina: Like My Mother Does

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The TalkStream

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Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda

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The Better Show

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Dancing With the StarsStream

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The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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Live With Regis and Kelly

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The Tonight Show With Jay Leno

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Entertainment Tonight

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