It’s 2022, the pandemic is starting to feel like a memory and Nashville is embracing this new found freedom. Thursday 14th April saw Lauren Alaina bring her sold out hometown show to the Brooklyn Bowl in Germantown, Nashville for her penultimate show of her ‘Top Of The World’ Tour.
For me, it was my first time back out at a show since the pandemic hit in March 2020, I could not have picked a better show to get back to it. Having not seen Lauren perform for a few years now I had forgotten what a powerhouse this Georgia native truly is.
Standing inside the Brooklyn Bowl you could almost feel the buzz around this show, crowds of people all getting the best spot they could in anticipation of the show.
Before Lauren came on stage the crowd was treated to a performance from TikTok viral sensation Spencer Crandall. Already living in Nashville, when the pandemic hit and TikTok blew up as a major social media platform, Crandall was convinced to get on and start sharing his music. A mix of talent and being seen by the right people and a whole lot of other details I left out is what lead him to supporting Lauren Alaina at the show.
He was the perfect opening act, singing a mix of originals and covers to get the crowd engaged and singing along, including his songs ‘Made’ and ‘My Person’. With a great energy he came out on stage ready to perform and I can’t help but sense this won’t be the last we see or hear of this guy!
Warmed up and ready for the main act the audience went silent in anticipation as the venue lights dropped and Laurens vocals came in over the speakers. The second I heard her voice come in, it hit me, those powerhouse vocals. It had been a few years since I have last seem Lauren perform and watching her out on that stage, a sold out show in her hometown, she shone. With her dad in the audience you could see the glow as she sang, looking in her element as she belted out hit after hit to her audience.
Having been a supporter of Laurens from her American Idol days it has been pretty awesome to watch how she has grown from that 16 year old girl to the 27 year old powerhouse woman that I and the audience at the Brooklyn Bowl had the honour to see perform on Thursday night.
Off the back of her 2020 pandemic #1 One Beer with fellow country artist Hardy, this tour was a fantastic showcase of the talent that lies behind this lady. Sharing some inside jokes with her father from the balcony, Lauren was clearly having a ball on stage. As well as her own hits Alaina took the chance to add in some throwback Whitney Houston when singing her hit track ‘Ladies In The 90’s’ when she broke into ‘Dance With Somebody’ mid song. Taking on a Whitney song is not something to be done lightly and she made it look effortless. Finishing up her tour at the weekend Lauren’s show calendar now consists of festival shows throughout the US and her required Opry shows since she recently became one of the newest Grand Ole Opry members; an accolade, I believe, was fully deserved.
Alaina’s songs are heartfelt and powerful and you can hear the sincerity in those tracks, many seemingly written based on her own life experiences. In the 11 years since appearing on American Idol, Lauren has openly faced personal struggles but she has channelled this into her music and its created a very real and relatable persona which is something that comes across on stage when she performs. She engages with her audience in such an intimate way, it creates an incredibly engaging atmosphere and something I personally would rush back to see again and again.
Make sure to check out Lauren’s newest record released in 2021 ‘Sitting Pretty On Top Of The World’. It features duets with Trisha Yearwood, Jon Pardi and Lukas Graham and will not disappoint! Then go ahead and check out her tour calendar and make sure you catch Lauren on the road this year if you have not already!