In 2006, 11-year-old singer Lauren Alaina was making a name for herself by entering talent contests in and around her native Georgia. At the same time, multiple CMA-award-winning duo Brooks and Dunn were nine studio albums into a phenomenal career, having recently scored their 20th Number One single with “Play Something Country.” They followed that rousing tune with a thoughtful ballad called “Believe.” Penned by Dunn with master tunesmith Craig Wiseman, “Believe” only reached Number Eight on the country chart but still became a signature hit for the duo, garnering three CMA awards in 2006, for Single, Song and Music Video of the Year.
In celebration of the CMA Awards’ 50th anniversary, the latest video in the Forever Country Cover Series features Alaina performing a powerful, stripped-down take on “Believe,” backed by acoustic guitar and snare drum.
In May 2011, Alaina was runner-up to Scotty McCreery on American Idol. Almost exactly one year earlier, another Idol finalist (and future Academy Award winner), Jennifer Hudson, performed “Believe” during a TV special paying tribute to Brooks & Dunn. The duo performed their final concert together in September of that year before embarking on solo careers, then reunited in 2014 for a series of Las Vegas concerts which also featured Reba McEntire.
Kix Brooks, Ronnie Dunn and Reba are among the 30 acts featured on the glorious, history-making “Forever Country” video, which is a mashup of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.” The epic collaboration debuted at the top of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and is the top-selling single and music video of any genre on iTunes.