Luckily for her hometown fans, the budding starlet will be making a stop at home this summer to close out the annual Riverbend festival in Chattanooga on Saturday night, June 16.
Alaina will be headlining on the coveted Coca-Cola stage as the final act amidst fireworks and celebration this year, a far cry from the last time she performed at Riverbend.
She first played the festival in 2008 as one of several young singers on the Times Free Press Children's Stage, re-ceiving a mere $100, according to Joe "Dixie" Fuller, the festival's talent and production coordinator. Safe to say, she’s getting a much bigger paycheck this time.
Her first album, "Wildflower," debuted in October at No. 2 on the Top Country Album chart and landed at No. 5 on the Top 200 chart. Although a hit album is quite an accomplishment, sources say the busy Rossville teen has no plans of slowing down.
She’s recently been invited to go on her first official country music tour, joining fellow Georgia natives Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan on Aldean's "My Kinda Party" arena tour. The tour is scheduled to begin Jan. 20 in Greenville, S.C., and will wrap up March 24 in East Rutherford, N.J.
“I am so excited to be a part of the Jason Aldean tour with Luke Bryan," Lauren said in a news release. “I am a huge fan of both of them. I mean, if I wasn't a part of the lineup, I would want to be in the front row. I am honored that my first major country tour will allow me to share the stage with two fellow Georgia artists. That is definitely my kind of party.”
Fans can look also look forward to several other entertaining acts this year during the festival dates of June 8-16. Featured bands include the Futurebirds on June 8, the Taylor Reed Band on the Tennessee Lottery Stage on June 16 and the vintage rock band Foghat on the Bud Light Stage on June 14. Foghat is widely known for its classic hit "Slow Ride." The Futurebirds are a rock band based out of Athens, Ga., and the Taylor Reed Band is a local group featuring Karen Alayne, who was Lauren Alaina's vocal coach in her younger years before her rise on “Idol.”