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‘American Idol’ runner-up Lauren Alaina is finishing her second album, working on a film

As an up-and-coming country singer, there are ample opportunities to get advice from veteran performers.

For Lauren Alaina, she’s been able to tour with some of the biggest names in country music.

And she’s gotten some great advice.

Country singer Lauren Alaina uses her life experience as inspiration for songs. (Courtesy of Joseph Llanes)

Country singer Lauren Alaina uses her life experience as inspiration for songs. (Courtesy of Joseph Llanes)

“Carrie Underwood gave me the best advice ever,” Alaina says. “(It’s) to always wear shorts under my dresses.”

Alaina got her break on the 10th season of “American Idol,” where she was runner-up.

She released her debut studio album, “Wildflower,” in 2011 and is currently finishing up her follow-up album.

She’s also working on a film project.

“The hours are crazy, but I am so happy that I have so many opportunities right now,” she says. “It’s hard, but I try to keep my exercise and food plan on track as much as possible. I also FaceTime with my family all the time and I surround myself with people who help keep me grounded. My friends are pretty amazing.”

Alaina has released the single “Road Less Traveled,” which gives a snippet of what her forthcoming album will sound like.

“The message of self-acceptance and love is really what I want to say to my audience,” she says. “We are all different and that’s what makes us all beautiful. The album will reflect that further. It will have some fun songs and sad songs – a little bit of what my life has been like over the past few years.”

Since her time on “American Idol,” Alaina has come into her own as an adult.

“My life since ‘Idol’ has been a whirlwind,” she says. “I’ve put out one album and just finished up my second. I’ve toured and written songs, and now I’m filming a movie. I am a lucky girl to have so many opportunities. During the same time, though, my parents went through a divorce, my dad went to rehab, both of my parents got remarried and I had to have vocal cord surgery. I wouldn’t say I had to overcome anything as much as I have had to deal with a lot, but that’s what good country songs are made of, so I’m in the right business.”

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