Acoustic Christmas: Lineup

Georgia native Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she competed on Season 10 of American Idol. In 2017, Lauren followed up her No. 1 debuting first album, Wildflower, with the release of the critically-acclaimed Road Less Traveled, which became the top-streamed female country album release of the year. Praised as “full of life lessons and uplift” (PEOPLE), the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star includes Lauren’s first No. 1 hit, title track “Road Less Traveled." Alaina is currently competing on this season's Dancing With The Stars and was a part of this year's Sunday In The Country!

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Lauren Alaina Backstage Interview at Sunday in the Country 2019

More than Grammy Awards or platinum albums, sometimes friendship is greater to motivate creativity, serving as its own momentum. Such is the case for how the harmonically buoyant, impossibly lush acoustic rock-country of Gone West came to be. Whether the self-declaratory “Gone West,” where the foursome draw on their lives and the lives of the people they love for inspiration, or the sweeping love that’s not over, but has been squandered in “What Could’ve Been” with its back-and-forth lead vocals, Gone West is mapping a more evolved take on how people really inhabit their lives. Nuance rises, and truth is explored.

Growing up in Baltimore, Maryland in a musical family, Emma White was named after country legend Emmylou Harris. Taking after her songwriter mother, she began writing songs at an early age, blending the music she grew up listening to - a mix of pop, country and R&B. Her musical prowess has led to opening spots for Brad Paisley and Rodney Atkins (among others) and National Anthem performances at Staples Center (LA Lakers), M&T Bank Stadium and Camden Yards. The "indie Taylor Swift" (Atwood Magazine), BMI said of White, her "pop savvy vocal and sugary groove ooze unabashed hope and undeniable promise."

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