Lauren Alaina follows her flirty “Next Boyfriend” with the single and just-released video for the confidence-boosting “Road Less Traveled.” A Top 20 hit at country radio, the song’s empowering message serves to remind young women, in particular, that mirrors and dress sizes don’t reveal the full story and that the world shouldn’t decide what you find beautiful. “You won’t make yourself a name if you follow the rules, history gets made when you’re acting a fool,” Alaina sings as she interacts with several girls and young women throughout the clip.
Penned by Alaina with pop princess Meghan Trainor, of “All About That Bass” fame, and Jesse Frasure (a co-writer of Florida Georgia Line’s “Sun Daze”), the song reflects Alaina’s own insecurities during a battle with bulimia, which coincided with her time as a contestant on American Idol, where she ultimately took second place behind 2011 winner Scotty McCreery.
“I had an eating disorder for like four years, and I was just lost,” Alaina revealed to Rolling Stone Country earlier this year. “I was 15 on American Idol and everybody had something to say. It was like I had my really awkward phase on national television.”
As the anthemic tune unfolds onscreen, the drums throughout the song provide a cool opportunity for bursts of vibrant color, accompanied by Alaina’s powerful vocal chops. “Road Less Traveled” is featured on the singer’s self-titled EP, out now. A full-length album is in the works, with a release date likely for early next year.