Lauren Alaina has continued to inspire people in so many ways since her “American Idol” debut back in 2011. Not only has she shown fans that it’s possible to overcome personal struggles like bulimia, as she has, but she has also reminded people that you can pick up a new skill at any time in your life.
And even though she is a naturally gifted singer, Lauren has never put her musical talents to the test when it comes to playing the piano. That is, until now.
On Jan. 19, during a show at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky, as part of Alan Jackson’s “Honky Tonk Highway Tour,” the Georgia native courageously showed off her amazing skills on the keys for the very first time.
“This may not be perfect,” the 23-year-old country star told the crowd before revealing her next song, as seen this Twitter clip below. “I just learned to play piano about two weeks ago, but this song is super important to me, and I wanted to share an intimate moment with you. So, I hope you like this song. It’s on my new album, and its called ‘Three.’”
Then, while seated at a keyboard, and without the help of a backup band, Lauren pleasantly surprised the audience with her new set of skills, which made for a delightful addition to the track’s already vulnerable lyrics, which highlight the sacrifice of missing out on important family milestones when you’re an artist out on the road trying to launch a career. After singing the words, “You’ve given me some of my best years,” Lauren seemed so visibly caught up in the song’s emotional subject matter that she had to pause for a moment to regain her composure.
Needless to say, her entire solo performance was enough to put a tear in your eye!
“Three,” which Lauren she co-wrote with Seth Ennis and Jordan Reynolds, is the third track on her sophomore album, “Road Less Traveled.” Next month, Lauren will embark on Cole Swindell’s “Reasons To Drink Tour.” The trek begins Feb. 15, and also features opener Chris Janson. We so hope Lauren will show off some more of her piano playing when that tour kicks off!