RARE COUNTRY AWARDS: Watch the recap of this year's award winners and live performances by Kane Brown, LANCO & RaeLynn
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This time of year can be overwhelming. Holiday shopping, Christmas cards, parties and the day-to-day that consumes most of us — as much fun as it is all supposed to be, it can also be a lot to attend to. Thank goodness Lauren Alaina is reminding us to just stop and appreciate what we have.

And thanks to Lauren, we’re also reminded that there are those who wish they could be out shopping, going to parties and visiting with Santa Claus.

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The sweet Georgia girl was just one of the artists that stopped by radio’s “The Bobby Bones Show” during the first day of his host station, WSIX Nashville’s annual two-day radiothon fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. While there, she and her band performed an acoustic version of Lee Ann Womack’s “I Hope You Dance.”

While we like to think we’ve always know what an amazing vocalist this young woman is, it seems that every time we hear her perform with so little production, we are reminded that she is even better than we remembered.

Holy wow!

With incredible passion, control and power, Lauren shows us every inch of why she is one of the Rare Country Awards nominees for Female Artist of the Year.

Even Bobby and his team are blown away by country girl’s performance, exclaiming, “That was amazing, Lauren Alaina! Holy cow,” when she finished.

It has been an amazing year for Lauren, who introduced herself to the world during her run on “American Idol” in 2011. After six years of chipping away at her career, honing her songwriting and learning who she is as an artist, the precious singer-songwriter with a heart of gold scored her well-deserved first No. 1 this year with the empowering anthem, “Road Less Traveled.”

She also landed at the top of the charts a second time for her duet with longtime pal Kane Brown, “What Ifs,” and earned a nod in the New Artist category at this year’s CMA Awards.

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And in this year’s Rare Country Awards, Lauren finds herself a two-time nominee for both Female Artist and Duet of the Year. But it’s up to y’all to decide the winners. Vote now through Dec. 13 at RareCountryAwards.com. Winners will be revealed during a livestreamed concert event on Dec. 14 in Nashville.

Also, if you find yourself with a few extra bucks in your pocket and want to really make a difference in the life of a child, consider making a donation to St. Jude during your local radio station’s radiothon. Or go to the St. Jude website or to ThisShirtSavesLives.org to become a partner in hope. Remember, no family is refused treatment because of an inability to pay at St. Jude. And its compassionate treatment and cutting-edge research are making major strides towards finding cures for everything from cancer to the common cold.

Based in Nashville, Tammy is a 20-year veteran of the country music community. She has worked in marketing, PR and artist development in the past. Follow her @TammyGooGoo and join the conversation @RareCountry
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