By Erin Duvall
Filed under: Exclusive, New Tunes, Interviews
There's a saying in the music business that you have your whole life to record your first album, and only three months to make your second. When you're an "American Idol" finalist, that doesn't apply. After placing second in the reality competition in May 2011, Lauren Alaina
immediately hit the road with the rest of her competitors and got straight to work on her debut album, Wildflower
, which was released that October. Now, the 18-year-old is hard at work on her followup and taking her time to make it perfect.
"I've completed four songs at this point and it's a long process," Lauren tells The Boot. "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. 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."