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Lauren Alaina "Unlocks" A Brand-New EP

On June 9th, Lauren Alaina dropped a very personal new EP, Unlocked.

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Grand Ole Opry member and Big Loud Records powerhouse Lauren Alaina is unlocking a new era, releasing her debut EP with the label on June 9, 2023. The six-song set fittingly titled Unlocked reintroduces the multi-faceted star, stripping back every layer and allowing fans to know her more than ever before.

Alaina has earned three chart-topping hits: RIAA platinum-certified “Road Less Traveled,” 7x platinum “What Ifs” with her childhood friend Kane Brown, and 2x platinum “ONE BEER” with labelmate HARDY + Devin Dawson. The Georgia-born force, who American Songwriter notes is “on a seemingly limitless upward trajectory,” has shared the stage with Alan Jackson, Blake Shelton, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Martina McBride, and Jason Aldean. She's headlined two raved-about tours, the sold-out That Girl Was Me Tour and bar-raising On Top Of The World Tour Presented by Maurices.

The gold-medal vocalist has performed on some of the highest-profile stages in the world including PBS' A Capitol Fourth, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, CBS' Beyond The Edge, TODAY, Good Morning America, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, ABC's CMA Fest specials, CMA and ACM Awards, Nickelodeon's All That, Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day halftime performance, MLB's World Series national anthem performance, a performance at the White House for President Obama, and more.

This brand-new album allows fans to connect with Alaina on a deeper level. In her song "Don't Judge A Woman," she wants people to know that healing from heartbreak isn't easy, and to not judge a woman for trying to heal in any way she can. Weather it's a faze, rebound, or something else, "you ain't in the heels that womans walking in, so don't judge a book by its cover, or a woman by her man." It's clear she understands what it feels like to be judged for trying to find herself after heartbreak, so she relates to her fans by letting them know healing looks different for everyone.

While singing of heartbreak, Alaina knows how it feels to be stuck in a small town while going through a breakup in her song "Smaller The Town." Word travels fast in a small town, and everyone seems to know everyone's business, so you have to relive your breakup through the whispers of the town. She sings of how great it is to grow up in a small town, but not when you are heartbroken, and you can't turn a corner without running into him or his friends. From experience, she's learning the hard way, "the smaller the town, the bigger the heartbreak."

Alaina might know heartbreak, but she also knows what it's like to have your ride or die by your side healing a heart that she didn't break. In her song "Thicc As Thieves," with Lainey Wilson, they are "dressed to kill" in their bell bottom, high rise, wrangler jeans. Alaina and Wilson know their true superpower is in their friendship, and their gonna shake what their momma gave them, in true best friend fashion. At the end of the song, they even bring in a little bit of Luke Bryan's, "Country Girl (Shake It For Me), just to show how "thicc" they are together. If you are looking for a show-stopping best friend anthem, look no further!

Lauren Alaina didn't disappoint with her new album by getting real with her fans, relating to their heartbreak, and providing a brand-new best friend anthem! This cowgirl sure knows what's up!


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