“Georgia Peaches” – Lauren Alaina – New Song Preview!

Lauren Alaina’s been hard at work recording her debut album for 19/Mercury Nashville/Interscope and we can confirm one of the songs that she has recorded for the album! Check out the title, credits, and a performance of the song by one of its cowriters after the jump!

Fittingly enough, the song Lauren recorded is called “Georgia Peaches.”

The song is cowritten by Blair Daly, Mallary Hope, and Rachel Proctor. Blair Daly is a mostly country/pop songwriter who has cowritten songs for and with country/pop chanteuses LeAnn Rimes and Katie Armiger. He also cowrote the title track of David Archuleta’s sophomore album: “The Other Side Of Down”. Mallary Hope is a fellow Universal Nashville singer/songwriter signed to MCA Records who has released the singles “Love Lives On” and “Blossom In The Dust”. Rachel Proctor is a country/pop singer/songwriter who is best known for her own top 20 country single “Me & Emily” and for cowriting Martina McBride’s “Where Would You Be.” She has also cowritten another album cut for Martina (“Everybody Does”) as well as the 2 songs from Kristy Lee Cook’s debut album (“Why Wait” and “Homesick”). Rachel Proctor tweeted Lauren this message:

@Lauren_Alaina your video is beautiful. Can’t wait to hear you sing Georgia Peaches ;)

Check out videos of cowriter Mallary Hope performing the sassy song, which namechecks fellow Georgia natives Jason Aldean and Alan Jackson:

P.S. I’ve been working on a new Idols Gone Country but this rated its own separate post. If you have news/tips you think belong there, please tweet me @windmillsmusic. Thanks!

  • 1wildegirl

    Well, what I want to know is…will the song be dedicated to/namecheck Ryan?

  • chearts77

    That is right down Lauren’s lane. The lyrics as well as the little bit of spunk in the song. I can’t wait to hear Lauren’s version. :)

  • Kylee

    I think this song fits Lauren!

  • falafel

    On first listen, I like this a lot, I think. My only quibble is that I am so totally over established singers getting namechecked in country songs. The only good thing that can be said about mentioning Jackson and Aldean is that at least it’s not mentioning Hank Williams (though lol at any of the Hanks getting namechecked by Lauren Alaina).

    But that’s a minor thing. While there’s not a lot of depth to the song, it’s catchy and age appropriate, so hopefully it’ll do well for her.

  • Ratna12

    I want to hear Lauren’s version of this.

    I have a question: so, after Lauren put the song in her album, do you think the co-writer will keep singing this song in public ?
    I guess as a writer, you are free to sing your own song (?)

  • lili_anne7

    This song is a perfect fit for Lauren. It’s catchy and sassy, and I could easily see this song being released as a single.

  • Landmd

    at least it’s not mentioning Hank Williams (though lol at any of the Hanks getting namechecked by Lauren Alaina).

    Good thing thing he was born and mostly raised in Alabama, or he might of been in the song too! ;)

    It is a cute song.

  • Mike M

    I could see this being her first single. It’s sassy but still OK for her age, and as I listened I was trying to put Lauren’s voice to it. It might be very good, which means it will probably get buried somewhere on the album in favor of something more pop sounding. I’m still trying to figure out why her video is listed in the pop category on iTunes. Maybe it was just an effort to separate it from Scotty’s in terms of the charts.

  • girlygirl

    the title is horrible but the song isn’t bad at all — it’s sort of catchy with a bit of spunk to it. I can see Lauren singing the hell out of this

  • gangreen29

    I like it! I can’t wait to hear Lauren’s version.

  • chessguy99

    This would make a decent lead in single for her album release. LMMD is pretty much played out, and a catchy tune like this would definitely raise the pre-release buzz for the album.

  • teacup

    The girl in the videos can’t sing at all, but the song is cute enough.

  • Tera2

    The “oh ho oh” part is catchy but the song is average and sounds like a filler on a CD. This song will mostly appeal to pure country fans. She’s from Georgia and maybe she wants something about that on her CD, but if she wants to be a star and cross over like Carrie Underwood she needs some good and cool pop-country songs. I’m not a country fan but I like some pop-country songs. I hope her CD isn’t full of songs like “Like my mother does” and “Georgia” Peaches”. She has potential to be cooler than that, and can sing uptempo fun songs and ballads. Hope she does well. Lauren is one of my favorites along with Pia, James and a couple others.

  • iluvai

    I love the title, off to take a listen. Well, the songs okay. I think I will like Lauren’s version. The song suits her– she doesn’t have to be a crossover artist just yet. ;)

  • 1wildegirl

    Ratna, I’m not 100% sure in the legalities, but I would say yes. Radney Foster, for example, has written a lot of songs for Keith Urban…and he still performs them live.

  • rocklet1

    Lauren Scotty and Pia are getting well promoted it just sucks that Allison Iraheta didn’t get well promoted by jive.

  • windmills

    teacup: The girl in the videos can’t sing at all,

    Beg to differ on that one. Maybe the 1st video isn’t Mallary Hope’s best performance but she’s a strong singer and a talented songwriter. I hope she sees some more success as a solo artist soon too. Her voice is prettier in the upper part of her range, which you can hear more in Blossom In The Dust (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ge6oznupaHI).

    Tera2: The “oh ho oh” part is catchy but the song is average and sounds like a filler on a CD. This song will mostly appeal to pure country fans. She’s from Georgia and maybe she wants something about that on her CD, but if she wants to be a star and cross over like Carrie Underwood she needs some good and cool pop-country songs. I’m not a country fan but I like some pop-country songs. I hope her CD isn’t full of songs like “Like my mother does” and “Georgia” Peaches”. She has potential to be cooler than that, and can sing uptempo fun songs and ballads.

    “Cooler” than that? There’s nothing uncool about pure country nor do I think there’s anything wrong with singing about family or where you’re from if the songs themselves are good. Georgia Peaches isn’t pure country anyway and neither is Like My Mother Does. If you’re talking about the subject matters of family and being from Georgia being typical of country and “uncool” then I guess I’d hope that you’d judge by the quality of the song and not be kneejerk reacting just to the topic of the song. Besides, Carrie has crossed over with all of 1 single and that single was quite country.

    Lauren’s said she’ll do crossover country/pop but she should have some songs that lean more country. It’s her home genre and it’s what fits her voice. “Georgia Peaches” is a solid song but it has to be produced right. I hope Byron Gallimore does a little swampy, handclap-based thing a la Little Big Town instead of making it a big old country/rock number.

  • Mike M

    Lauren said she was putting the final touches on the album last night in Nashville, so that song should already be in the can. I’m sure there will be some more pop/country oriented songs on the album, and I’m fine with that as long as the songs are good. I do think it would be good to have her first single have a country feel since she has made it clear that’s where she wants to be.

    This crossover stuff can be pretty tricky anyway. It seems like when it is forced, it doesn’t always work out (Leann Rimes, Tanya Tucker anyone?).

    I’m excited for the album along with Scotty’s, Pia’s and Haley’s. I’m hoping James and Jacob also come out with something nice.

  • Pam

    Add Lauren’s sass to this and it fits her to a tee. I can’t wait to hear her on this. Thanks windmills. :)

  • lili_anne7

    She’s from Georgia and maybe she wants something about that on her CD, but if she wants to be a star and cross over like Carrie Underwood she needs some good and cool pop-country songs.

    Lauren did say that her album would be country. If she gets a cross over hit that’s great, but I don’t see her picking songs just because they can get played on pop radio. She can have a career like Kellie Pickler or Fantasia, who are well established in their genres. There’s nothing wrong with that.

  • falafel

    If you look at the country artists successfully crossing over right now, most of them don’t have twangy voices or can turn off the drawl. I’m not sure Lauren can. I haven’t watched every performance of hers, so I’m willing to be persuaded otherwise, but something about her voice sounds very “country” to me. While I’m not a huge fan of Carrie’s voice, it is a lot more versatile than Lauren’s IMO.

    Also, Lauren is struggling on the country charts, and getting tagged as someone who is making country but who really want to do pop, even if it’s not true, could be fatal. There are a lot of singers from other genres who have taken refuge in country of late and there’s been quite a bit of resistance from the market. The one exception would be Darius Rucker, and he had to really work for it.

    Ratna12: I have a question: so, after Lauren put the song in her album, do you think the co-writer will keep singing this song in public ?
    I guess as a writer, you are free to sing your own song (?)

    I believe songwriters retain the rights to a song unless they choose to waive them (most don’t), so she probably will keep singing it. A lot of songwriters in Nashville are people who had and lost recording contracts — or who don’t have the voice to get a recording contract in the first place — but who continue to perform at small venues and fairs. It’s really not a big deal. Usually the hardcore fans who go to their shows would already know who wrote the song and want to see the artist perform the hit they wrote.

  • lizbeth2827

    I think the co-writer Mallary Hope has a really nice voice. I wonder why she doesn’t release it on her own cd. I remember Carrie Underwood mentioning about all the really good singers she knows who are writing songs–but don’t get the right breaks (or something like that)

  • Tera2

    windmills says:
    “Cooler” than that? There’s nothing uncool about pure country nor do I think there’s anything wrong with singing about family or where you’re from if the songs themselves are good. Georgia Peaches isn’t pure country anyway and neither is Like My Mother Does. If you’re talking about the subject matters of family and being from Georgia being typical of country and “uncool” then I guess I’d hope that you’d judge by the quality of the song and not be kneejerk reacting just to the topic of the song. Besides, Carrie has crossed over with all of 1 single and that single was quite country.

    Lauren’s said she’ll do crossover country/pop but she should have some songs that lean more country. It’s her home genre and it’s what fits her voice. “Georgia Peaches” is a solid song but it has to be produced right. I hope Byron Gallimore does a little swampy, handclap-based thing a la Little Big Town instead of making it a big old country/rock number.

    I’m not saying there is something wrong with pure country or putting it down, but I don’t expect her to be too country is what I’m saying. Scotty is more suited for that, and I even like his “I love you this big” more than her “Like my mother does”, and I’m not a country fan. I like some pop-country songs. Lauren is supposed to be more on the Pop-country side and has cross over potential. I meant they need cool uptempo songs with good melodies that can be cross over and big hits like Carrie Underwood’s “Before he cheats”, “Cowboy Casanova”, “Undo it” that has pop undertone and beautiful song like “Mama’s song”. This “Georgia peaches” isn’t in that league, and neither is “Like my mother does”. Lauren has potential, but she needs to learn to pick good songs, and songs that have cross over appeal and hits for her CD like Carrie. (Kara Dioguardi co-wrote “mama’s song” and “undo it” by the way)

    We’ve only heard 2 songs and they are average to me, and hopefully the rest are better. And hope she doesn’t sing “Georgia Peaches” with as much twang as that girl, and they need to give it nice beats to make it better and pop-country cross over — maybe then it will have a cool vibe of KT Tunstall hit song “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” that also has that “oh o oh” in it. Anyway, that’s my opinion, its ok if you prefer pure country.

  • Eileen99

    Cute song! I’m looking forward to Lauren’s version of this. That girl is growing on me so much.

  • Indigobunting

    teacup: The girl in the videos can’t sing at all,

    Mallory Hope is a wonderful singer, IMO. She is turning on the twang in this song, but can sound a lot different depending on the song. Her voice actually reminds me of Carries when she sings more pop-leaning songs.

    She’s a good friend of Danny Gokey’s. She also wrote the song that may be his second single off his next album (beautiful song called Win Me Over that most fans just love).

    I wonder why she doesn’t release it on her own cd.

    Mallory released her own EP Love Lives On last year; I bought it. Lovely songs-but women in Country have an extremely difficult time making it,

    I wonder if she is going more down the Songwriter road now?

  • falafel

    I thinks she’s an excellent songwriter and a talented singer, but something about the tone of her voice leaves me cold. It’s a nice voice, but every time I listen to a song from her (which, to be fair, is a grand total of four times), I keep thinking how much better it would sound if Martina McBride were singing it. I think her voice lacks richness or something, I don’t know. I can see why she hasn’t broken through yet, though.

    It is, however, very unfair that she’s not getting more work as a songwriter. That Rhett Akins and Dallas Davidson are bigger than she is is a crime against music.

  • BonnieDee

    This is perfect for Lauren. I hope they do such a great job matching her to all her other songs. This is going to be awesome.

  • windmills

    falafel: If you look at the country artists successfully crossing over right now, most of them don’t have twangy voices or can turn off the drawl..

    I tend to agree with that lately, excepting Jason Aldean though he had Kelly to do the crossover work for him. Kimberly Perry turned off her drawl for If I Die Young and they did that crappy remix anyway, and Hillary Scott’s started poppifying her voice after Lady A’s debut album.

    falafel: I’m not sure Lauren can. I haven’t watched every performance of hers, so I’m willing to be persuaded otherwise, but something about her voice sounds very “country” to me

    I thought Lauren’s audition with Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing sounded very Kelly Clarkson soulful/pop/rock so I do think she can emphasize the soulful/pop and de-countrify her voice pretty effortlessly. But I’d rather she not do that for most of her debut album.

    falafel: It’s a nice voice, but every time I listen to a song from her (which, to be fair, is a grand total of four times), I keep thinking how much better it would sound if Martina McBride were singing it.

    Actually ITA. Martina’s influence on Mallary’s really obvious in Mallary’s singles but the problem is it’s really hard to compete with Martina’s tone and Mallary doesn’t have her vocal power either. But there’s no shame in that and it doesn’t mean she doesn’t have a good voice. I see no reason she shouldn’t have at least made t20 with Blossom In The Dust especially when I look at some of the guys who’ve gotten there.

    falafel: It is, however, very unfair that she’s not getting more work as a songwriter.

    Ditto for Rachel Proctor who’s another cowriter on this song. I’m pretty sure they were both at a songwriting retreat for Carrie’s 4th album in April but they haven’t cowritten with her yet as far as I know. Kacey Musgraves and Sarah Buxton also need more chances too though they’ve had some high profile people record their work.

    lizbeth2827: I remember Carrie Underwood mentioning about all the really good singers she knows who are writing songs–but don’t get the right breaks (or something like that)

    That’s right. Carrie said she knows some songwriters who’ve tried to make it as artists and she wonders how they’re not kicking everybody’s butts but things haven’t fallen their way. I’ve always thought Hillary Lindsey is a Grade A example of that but there are unfortunately many more examples especially on the female side.

    Tera2: I actually agree with you that Like My Mother Does is not a great song (and it’s a worse recording, thanks Tricky!). I’m not saying Georgia Peaches is an amazing song but what I like about it is it suits Lauren musically and lyrically. Lauren needs songs that’ll emphasize the soulfulness of her voice and this does that. That gives me hope the label’s been looking for the right style of songs for her. I don’t think they should be going for country/rock style songs because I don’t think Lauren’s ready for those yet vocally or as a performer. But soulful/sassy/flirty stuff she’ll do just fine on. IMO Mercury needs to aim for somewhere between Kellie Pickler’s debut album and Sugarland’s 1st couple of albums in terms of the style for Lauren, not where Carrie and Miranda are.

  • Tera2

    windmills: Oh I think Lauren should show her sassy soulful-pop-country vibe, not country-rock. I like that she has a soulful tone too. I was using those songs by Carrie Underwood and KT Tunstall as examples of songs that anyone can like even if they aren’t into that particular genre. What’s important is picking good songs with good melody, and Carrie has done well with that. Lauren has potential to appeal to more than country fans like Carrie – and there is barely a country twang when she sings.

  • Lucy1234

    I agree that Lauren could easily de-countrify her voice and would sound great but I don’t want her to do too much of that because I love the twang in Lauren’s voice and the beautiful tone. Lauren has so much character to her voice that I don’t want her to lose that by trying to sound too pop. I’m excited to hear her sing Georgia Peaches. As others have said, I think it is right in Lauren lane.

  • happyhexer

    I think Lauren’s already proven that she’s a versatile singer who can emphasize either the twang/drawl end of the spectrum, or the soulful pop end. And I’m okay with either, or, better yet, both.

    I think “Georgia Peaches” is right in Lauren’s wheelhouse, and I will be interested to see what she does with this song.

    Re Mallary Hope: I love her song “Love Lives On.” Google it if you haven’t heard it. Her vocals are stellar on it. However, I wonder if she’s an artist that maybe doesn’t come across as well live as she does recorded? I agree her voice doesn’t sound special on the two videos posted above (although the second one sounds better than the first). Mallary is a talented songwriter, though. She cowrote one of the songs that is going to be on Danny’s next album, and it sounds great!

    Personally, I like Mallary’s voice and would like to see her succeed. But if she can’t, I hope she continues as a songwriter, and that her songs fall into the right artists’ hands.

    I don’t like Sarah Buxton’s voice, but she also is a talented songwriter. I’ve heard of Rachel Proctor, but I’m not sure I’ve heard her sing, though.

  • steph6449

    I can see this song working for Lauren, although I don’t totally love it.

    Mallary has a pretty strong voice in person, I’ve seen her live a couple of times. One was really sweet as it was the first time she had performed in an arena scale venue. (And this was well after her EP had been released, I think.) We take a lot for granted on that with the AI grads who have the big stage / big audience experience of the AI Tour.

    If I have a criticism, it’s that her voice gets a little shrill in the upper range when she’s singing with power, and as a live performer she can be prone to chatter on and on during her set for long periods of time. But she’s very charming so you tend not to mind too much, lol. I like the songs on her EP, especially Love Lives On. A couple of them are still available on iTunes (anyone interested can use mj’s link to check them out).

    Sort of fun for Mallary that she may have songs going on both Lauren and Danny’s albums.

  • happyhexer

    Someone upthread mentioned production. When I listened to “Georgia Peaches,” I was thinking of what Lauren could do with it with her voice, and also how the song would sound with different styles of production. I continue to think this song is a good fit for Lauren.

  • happyhexer

    Mallary has a pretty strong voice in person, I’ve seen her live a couple of times.

    Maybe it’s the recording quality of the videos above? I know that Mallary’s voice on “Love Lives On” gives me the chills every time I hear it.

  • Ratna12

    Thanks 1wildegirl and falafel,
    The next 4 months will be crazy with so many idols releasing albums and I hope that Lauren’s will be a good one and won’t get buried among the others.

  • falafel

    I think I missed Lauren singing Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing; I’ll have to check it out.

    I see no reason she shouldn’t have at least made t20 with Blossom In The Dust especially when I look at some of the guys who’ve gotten there.

    I agree with that. Unfortunately, it seems that women are held to a much higher standard by radio. One has to be both exceptionally talented and unique vocally (or be Taylor Swift) and have almost universal appeal in order to make it, and even then it’s not a guarantee that it will happen. That combination is so rare that’s it’s more amazing to me when a woman manages to bust through.