published Friday, November 18th, 2011

Lauren Alaina Suddeth performing in three holiday TV specials

In this file photo, Lauren Alaina arrives at the 2011 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
In this file photo, Lauren Alaina arrives at the 2011 CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes)
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Did you watch Lauren Alaina on "American Idol"?

Local singing sensation Lauren Alaina is making a whirlwind of holiday appearances at venues ranging from the home of “The King” to the home of the president within the next week.

Tonight, Alaina flips the switch at Graceland in Memphis to launch the holiday lights celebration at the home of the late Elvis Presley, according to Dixie Owen, senior director of artist and media relations at UMG Nashville.

Alaina, the junior at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School who came in second on Season 10 of “American Idol,” will light up Graceland at 6 p.m. CST. Fans can watch the event online with live streaming on

On Monday, the Rossville teen will join some of country music’s biggest stars to perform before President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama at “Country Music: In Performance at the White House.”

Other musicians performing on the 60-minute special will be The Band Perry, Dierks Bentley, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Darius Rucker and James Taylor, according to Carrie Johnson, PBS publicist, in a news release.

The PBS special will be taped in the East Room of the White House and air Wednesday at 8 p.m. on PBS stations. It also will air at a later date on the American Forces Network to servicemen and women at locations around the world.

On Nov. 24, Alaina will kick off the first game in the NFL’s Thanksgiving Day football triple-header. She will sing the national anthem at the Detroit Lions vs. Green Bay Packers game. Game time is 12:30 p.m. on Fox.

The singer’s fans can tune in Dec. 1 at 9 p.m. to catch her on ABC’s holiday special, “CMA Country Christmas,” hosted by Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles.

Alaina will sing “My Grown-Up Christmas List,” according to ABC publicist Wendy Pearl. Other stars on the show will be Amy Grant, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride and Rascal Flatts.

Alaina’s debut album, “Wildflower,” was No. 5 on Billlboard’s Top 200 album chart when was it released on Oct. 11, making her the youngest female artist to debut that high on the Billboard charts since LeAnn Rimes’ debut 15 years ago, said Owen.

“Wildflower” is still on Billboard’s Hot Country Albums chart at No. 10.

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Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...

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ordinaryguy said...

Enough already...between the TFP and WTVC we do not need to know everything about the karaoke winner, and DWTS contestant!

November 18, 2011 at 9:34 a.m.
dao1980 said...

I'm with you ordinary guy, though I guess the masses love them some bland corporate product.

I bet all her fans shop exclusively at the ol' wallymart. Vanilla ice cream for everybody! hooray!!

November 18, 2011 at 9:58 a.m.
ordinaryguy said...

It is getting out of control...WTVC is the perfect example, they kill Darrell Patterson's sports on the 6pm newscast so they can close broadcasts with updates on the two local "talents"...and it seems everyday there is some sort of story in the TFP on these two...I guess its easy to just go with the press releases...

November 18, 2011 at 10:04 a.m.
rdd said...

Hey ordinaryguy and dao1980 sounds like you two losers are really jealous of Lauren's success!!!Why don't you two crawl back under the rock you came from!!The more articles of Lauren the better.

November 18, 2011 at 11:18 a.m.
carebearsmom said...

To the two negative opinions and cheap shots given, if you don't want to hear or read about Lauren or others, turn the channel or don't read the article - easy as that. I am not a cheerleader for Lauren or anything, but it is a choice I made to read the article, period! Remember what your mother used to say, If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything! and quote #2, Knocking someone down, so you can feel bigger, doesn't work!

November 18, 2011 at 12:08 p.m.
dao1980 said...

rdd, it must have been difficult to put down the walmart bought vanilla ice cream long enough to get on here and call us losers ;)

carebearsmom... hi kettle, meet pot..

You wanna know who I'm jealous of? Bubba Watson, Geoff Ogilvy, Freddie Couples, and Jason Day. Now those guys have real talent!

Ya'know, only trite "desperate housewives" loving types react to jealousy by speaking ill of someone. They probably learned the behavior whilst watching terrible acting on their favorite boob tube drama.

Normal folks are inspired by jealousy to try harder towards personal achievement.

If I was jealous of this piece of corporate product, I would be found singing karaoke every night at some smokey heck-hole local neighborhood bar.

I'm sure you both just love karaoke, "hey Darlene! come in here and listen to JimBob sang a hank williams song!" hahahaha, hilarious..

Ya'll have a good weekend!

November 18, 2011 at 2:35 p.m.
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