NASHVILLE, Tenn., May 6, 2013 – Newcomer Lauren Alaina gave fans a first listen to her brand new single “Barefoot and Buckwild” during a live stream chat this afternoon. As the lead offering from her forthcoming sophomore set, the track samples contemporaries Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert in sass and grit, but in a far more youthful way — channeling her down-home charm from her 2011-released debut Wildflower record.
During the live chat, Alaina also revealed that she will become the voice on the Antarctica Empire of the Penguin ride in Sea World. She’ll be performing a song called “Antarctica” that will be featured over the loudspeakers on the attraction later this year.
The past several months, she says she’s been hard at work traveling back and forth to Nashville, writing with many of the finest songwriters in town. She name-checked Jon Nite and Chris DeStefano, with whom she penned her new single, as constant collaborators since the process began. At the moment, she’s not at the point of naming her upcoming project but should be able to “soon.”
“I’ve completed four songs at this point and it’s a long process,” Alaina told The Boot last month. “The first album didn’t take long at all because I was rushed and I had to get it out, because it was right after ‘Idol.’ This album, I get to take my time. I went in and recorded those songs, but there’s no guarantee they’ll make the album. But it’s a really cool process and you learn a lot about yourself in the studio.”
She added, “The first time was so fast that I didn’t really get to take it all in. Now I can relax and calm down and focus on what I’m doing.”
According to Mjsbigblog, Alaina has had a hand in penning many rumored songs for the new album, including “N O” (Alaina/Ross Copperman, Ryan Tyndell), “That Chevrolet” (Alaina, Heather Morgan), “Catching Fire” (Alaina, Cary Barlowe, Shane Stevens), “Goodbye Song” (Alaina, Cary Barlowe, Eric Paslay), “The World Inside Of Your Heart” (Lauren, Cary Barlowe, Eric Paslay) and “I’ll Remember For You” (Alaina, Jessi Alexander, Troy Verges).
The studio recording of “Barefoot and Buckwild” will be available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon tonight at midnight. On this week’s American Idol top three results show, the 18-year-old songstress will debut the song live. The show kicks off on Thursday, May 9, at 8 p.m. EST on FOX. Check your local listings.
Take a listen to a low-quality version “Barefoot and Buckwild” to the left. Also, fans can take a listen on the streaming service Spotify.
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