From Lauren’s “Breaking News” email.  You can sign up to be on her email list at her official website.  We’ve got an album name and a release date. Now all we need is a track list!

UPDATE: Check out cowriters Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson performing the title track of Lauren’s album and also Point Of Grace’s recording of the song! This is a song Carrie Underwood also recorded for Carnival Ride but it didn’t end up on the album.

Hey y’all!

I am so excited to tell you that my new album is called Wildflower and it comes out Oct. 11 on Mercury Nashville/19 Recordings/Interscope. I have always dreamed of making an album and I can’t believe it’s actually happening. It’s because of the fans who voted for me on American Idol that I am here, so I am dedicating this album to you. I hope you love it!

I feel like it has a flavor for everybody. It’s a mixture of all different songs, so I hope it will appeal to all different kinds of people. There are fast songs for people who like up-tempos that you can dance to, and there are also tearjerkers for people who like slower ballads. I tried to get songs that are all a little different so that we could bring a fresh feel to each and every song.

My producer is Byron Gallimore and he is so awesome. He has worked with Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Lee Ann Womack, and now me! How cool is that? I really enjoyed working with him. I was nervous at first because I thought it was going to be really intense and hard and maybe even intimidating, but he made me feel right at home. I consider him family now. It was a great learning experience for me and I had a lot of fun.

I’ve been on the American Idols Live! Tour since July, so we recorded in Nashville and in several other cities. It was cool to be able to go in all of the different studios across the United States and be able to see how they are laid out differently.

Wildflower is the perfect name for my first album. I would consider myself a wildflower because wildflowers are sweet, but then they have a little bit of spunk to them – they are “wildflowers.” I like to have a lot of fun and I’m really sassy, so I feel like a wildflower would be a good description of who I am as a person. I also recorded a song on this album called “She’s a Wildflower” that was written by Steve McEwan, Hillary Lindsey, and Gordie Sampson.

Most importantly, I want to say thanks for everything. Because of you, all of my dreams are coming true – and then some. I hope that you’ll think that this album is worth picking up and listening to. I feel like I’ve done a good job with my team as far as picking out songs that people can relate to and listen to. I hope you enjoy it because it’s dedicated to you. Thanks for helping me do what I love!

UPDATE: New Info from Lauren’s official press release:

Lauren had a unique recording experience with her first album. Because she was on the American Idols Live! Tour, she recorded in several studios across the United States with producer Byron Gallimore in addition to holding several sessions in Nashville. “I really enjoyed working with him,” she says of Gallimore, who has worked with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Lee Ann Womack, among others. “I was nervous at first because I thought it was going to be really intense and hard and maybe even intimidating, but he made me feel right at home. I consider him family now. It was a great learning experience for me and I had a lot of fun.”

UPDATE: Here’s cowriters Hillary Lindsey and Gordie Sampson performing “Wildflower”:

Here’s Point Of Grace’s version of the song:

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  • chearts77

    Wildflower definitely sounds like a great title for Lauren. Looking forward to hearing more of her music.

  • SajiNoKami

    good title

  • lili_anne7

    I think this is the song Lauren recorded:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq5BJBUbWj4

    I like the title of her new album, it fits her.

  • rodgers12

    Wildeflower good title.
    Oct 11 i can’t wait!

  • http://www.gleerpg.com gleeRPG

    Ooh I like that song. Can’t wait for Lauren’s album!

  • windmills

    lili_anne7: I think this is the song Lauren recorded:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lq5BJBUbWj4

    Yes. Carrie recorded it for Carnival Ride but it didn’t end up on the album. I always liked that song. It’s since been recorded and released by a CCM band gone country called Point Of Grace. Both versions are now embedded in the post.

  • karenc

    It does sound like a good song, and title, even though I’m not really a country fan. Just kind of weird to me though that at least two songs so far for her have been recorded by other artists, and put on their album. I know also they are getting the albums out pretty fast. Hopefully it will work out well for her.

  • BabyBells

    I have to say, I am really liking the sound of Lauren’s new album. With the 3 songs we think will be on it, they fit her and I can hear Lauren singing them. Really looking forward to it!

  • Kirsten

    Perfect title for her album. It really evokes Lauren herself and is a fun name.

  • LadyBeBop

    I like the song. However I see why Carrie rejected it. Just does not fit her. Lauren will do great on it.

  • jammasta

    Damn, that’s a pretty good title for her album. Can’t wait.

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    This song is way stronger than the single she’s singing now. I’m cautiously optimistic her album could be good. Good luck, Lauren. :-)

  • windmills

    I forgot to say…..I guess Lauren’s album’s coming out the same day as Martina’s after all. I’m a little surprised by this. Lauren’s my pick to come out ahead in 1st week sales.

  • iluvai

    I love her album title! Perfect! :)

    btw, Point of Grace is awesome.

  • Kirsten

    It’s since been recorded and released by a CCM band gone country called Point Of Grace. Both versions are now embedded in the post.

    I did a search at HFA and they also list “Von Grey” as having recorded Wildflowers (same songwriters and reference number, so it’s not another song with the same name). I see they have a bunch of youtubes singing it too.

  • Pam

    This title is so perfect for Lauren. I like the song as well. I can’t wait to hear her album.

  • Kylee

    So excited for both Scotty’s and Lauren’s albums! Besides Carrie, they are the first idol contestants who I will be buying an album from!

  • chearts77

    I forgot to say…..I guess Lauren’s album’s coming out the same day as Martina’s after all. I’m a little surprised by this. Lauren’s my pick to come out ahead in 1st week sales.

    I’m confused as to when Martina’s album is coming out. All Access says the 11th. Music Row says the 18th. Where’s a third source to break the tie? LOL!!

  • windmills

    chearts77: I’m confused as to when Martina’s album is coming out. All Access says the 11th. Music Row says the 18th. Where’s a third source to break the tie? LOL!!

    When it 1st got pushed back Martina’s album was scheduled for the 18th but the press release came out today and said it comes out 10/11. Music Row just hasn’t updated its list yet but it has Martina’s press release.

  • chearts77

    Thanks, windmills. Makes sense. I want Martina’s album too. I need to start saving up. So many albums coming out I want. :)

  • Ratna12

    That is a perfect album name for Lauren, simple, easy to remember and as Lauren says, a description of her.

    Just kind of weird to me though that at least two songs so far for her have been recorded by other artists, and put on their album

    I was going to say the same thing. I asked the question at the Georgia Peach thread. I’m not used to hearing the co-writer sing the song already in public. And now, there are other songs that are not “original” for Lauren.

    Is this common in country music ?
    Having said that, I wish all great things for Lauren and can’t wait to hear her singing all these songs.

  • rivermaya

    Wildflower is a pretty good title – it’s SO Lauren.
    Also liking Point of Grace’s version of it. Can’t wait to hear Lauren’s spin on it.

  • iluvai

    Also liking Point of Grace’s version of it. Can’t wait to hear Lauren’s spin on it.

    I’m a big fan of Point of Grace. But I think Lauren’s take on it will be awesome! :) (Better.)

  • Lucy1234

    Just kind of weird to me though that at least two songs so far for her have been recorded by other artists, and put on their album

    Other than the song mentioned above, what other song is going to be on Lauren’s album that was recorded by another artist and put on their album. If you are talking about Georgia Peaches, I don’t believe that song has been recorded before. It is my understanding that Mallory Hope co-wrote it and was singing it in public as the songwriter but never recorded it.

    I really like the title “Wildflower” for Lauren’s album. It seems so her.

  • Buffynut

    Other than the song mentioned above, what other song is going to be on Lauren’s album that was recorded by another artist and put on their album.

    Her current single was on the album of Kristy Lee Cook

  • iluvai

    I’m such a weirdo. Wildflower made me think of the song Wildfire…

  • hooch

    I think there is a difference in covering a song everyone knows like “Anyway” and a song that 2000 people heard on a KLC album but I have never followed anyone like this so I have no idea what “normal” is.

  • Mike M

    I like Point of Grace but can’t say I’m crazy about the production on their version of the song. I actually preferred Hillary Lindsey’s stripped-down version, not that I expect Lauren to sing it that way. It will be interesting to see what Byron Gallimore does with it. All in all, I think “Georgia Peaches” would be stronger single if it came down to a choice between the two. I still think the first single will be something faster and poppy sounding.

  • falafel

    Ratna12: I was going to say the same thing. I asked the question at the Georgia Peach thread. I’m not used to hearing the co-writer sing the song already in public. And now, there are other songs that are not “original” for Lauren.

    Is this common in country music ?

    Short answer: Yes. Long answer: it depends on the type of artist. Singer/songwriters tend not to do it much, since their main concern is writing their own songs. For people known primarily as vocalists, however, there’s usually at least one cover or previously recorded song per album. Kenny Chesney’s current single, which will hopefully be hitting number 1 at some point in the future, was recorded and released by songwriter Deana Carter a few years ago. Also, Blake Shelton’s God Gave Me You was originally recorded and released by songwriter Dave Barnes. Leann Rimes and Chris Young both did covers of John Anderson’s Swingin’ (originally released in the 1980s) last year. And that’s just off the top of my head.

    There are tons of examples, going back years. A few of the most memorable (for me) include Tanya Tucker recording Ed Bruce’s When I Die and Rosanne Cash re-doing her father’s Tennessee Flat Top Box. There are also a million versions of Yellow Rose of Texas. Ray Stevens recorded and released Sunday Morning Coming Down before Johnny Cash redid it. And then the songwriter, Kris Kristofferson, did it, too.

    It’s really not a big deal in country. Historically there’s been a much bigger emphasis on stars being good vocalists than on putting out original songs or being the only one to sing something.

  • karenc

    falafel:

    Short answer: Yes. Long answer: it depends on the type of artist. Singer/songwriters tend not to do it much, since their main concern is writing their own songs. For people known primarily as vocalists, however, there’s usually at least one cover or previously recorded song per album.

    That makes sense then if it’s normal for country. I think there is more of an emphasis on writing your own music in rock and soft rock, which is what I mainly listen to.

    The important part, especially since the album is being put out that fast, is that the songs really fit Lauren. It does sound like the two we heard so far do.

  • Nina1

    Isn’t “Wildfire” a pretty popular album name? I’d swear I’ve owned a few by that name.

  • chrislongisland

    Just not interested in Lauren’s album. I think Scotty is much more primed and ready for this.

  • lili_anne7

    Just not interested in Lauren’s album. I think Scotty is much more primed and ready for this.

    See I don’t get this argument. It seems like the main complaint about Lauren is that she is “immature” or “she can’t handle this”. The girl sprained her ankle yet still performed. She’s been sick for the past couple of days, but still performed until she was was not allowed to on doctor’s orders. Sure, she’s been having voice problems but that happens to many artists. It even happened to Katherine Mcphee who’s mom is a vocal coach.
    And if you are not interested in her album, it does not matter because a lot of other people are.

  • Blower

    See I don’t get this argument. It seems like the main complaint about Lauren is that she is “immature” or “she can’t handle this”. The girl sprained her ankle yet still performed. She’s been sick for the past couple of days, but still performed until she was was not allowed to on doctor’s orders. Sure, she’s been having voice problems but that happens to many artists. It even happened to Katherine Mcphee who’s mom is a vocal coach.
    And if you are not interested in her album, it does not matter because a lot of other people are.

    THIS

  • http://mjsbigblog.com/luvadamlamberts-american-idol-tour-2009-washington-dc-re-cap.htm luvadamlambert

    She’s soo going country

    Good album name for her tho

  • steph6449

    Look forward to hearing Lauren’s album. Hers was the only music I bought from AI10, she has a good recording voice for country songs.

  • YeahRight

    Well, Lauren’s got the better album title. I like the title “Wildflower” better than “Clear As Day”.

  • Lucy1234

    Other than the song mentioned above, what other song is going to be on Lauren’s album that was recorded by another artist and put on their album.

    Her current single was on the album of Kristy Lee Cook

    For some reason I was not thinking about LMMD being on Lauren’s debut album since it was a coronation single but I guess they probably will put it on the album since there is a video and looks like the song may at least make top 40.

  • chrislongisland

    Listen, I personally like Lauren and wish her well, I just hope she pulls through OK. Even on the show one of the big themes was her confidence. Scotty had no such problem and you can see he’s poised and ready to do everything it takes.

  • windmills

    Ditto to what falafel said. Another recent example is Blake Shelton’s recent #1 Who Are You When I’m Not Looking which was previously recorded and released by Joe Nichols. It wasn’t a single for Joe though. But even singer/songwriters do it. Miranda Lambert covered John Prine’s That’s The Way The World Goes Round and Fred Eaglesmith’s Time To Get A Gun on Revolution, she did Gillian Welch’s Dry Town and Emmylou Harris’s Easy From Now On on her sophomore album plus Getting Ready by Patty Griffin.

    Also songwriters in Nashville are really respected and there’s constantly showcases where they play songs they’ve written, new and old. The showcases are where veteran songwriters play and new songwriters go in the hopes of getting a publishing deal which is sometimes a step towards eventually getting a record deal. The showcases can also help bring attention to songs that helps them land with somebody.

    Songwriters are not expected to go and hide their involvement with a song just because a big act recorded it. They get appreciation when they perform their songs and congrats for landing it with a big act. Sure, sometimes people believe they perform it better than the big act but the big act also gets respect for choosing a good song. Songwriters are basically considered the backbone of the industry in Nashville and I think the community there prides itself on respecting and showcasing their craft.

    A bunch of Mallary Hope’s fans tweeted her saying they’d been hoping to hear her studio version of Georgia Peaches and she said it’ll be on her album too. I don’t know if that’ll happen or if she’s just trying to reassure her fans. But it wouldn’t be unprecedented. She also said the label was involved placing her songs with Lauren. I wouldn’t be surprised if in addition to choosing those songs because they fit Lauren the label’s hoping to get Mallary Hope some more attention to help her as a solo act since she’s signed too.

    Lauren’s not getting many if any songs written specifically for her on her debut but like karenc says the important thing is that the songs fit Lauren which so far they do. That’s one thing I’ve been saying all along would be the easy part for Lauren – there’s tons of songs out there written for girls/young women in the place she is right now and it won’t be hard finding good ones.

  • happyhexer

    Why does everything always seem like a my-Idol-is-better-than-yours contest? The success of one does not require the failure of another. The more Idols that are successful, the better for the Idol brand and future contestants. Could there be Idol fatigue? Sure. But as long as Idols are making money for the music industry, the industry will suck it up.

    Personally, I prefer Lauren’s voice — but that is simply a matter of personal taste. Regardless, I also think Scotty is talented (he sounds good and his voice fits right in with other voices on country radio today), and he has remarkable poise and likeability. Yes, Lauren had confidence problems on Idol. But she’s been doing great on tour. I saw the tour in Portland and Lauren was a real trouper after she sprained her ankle.

  • Ratna12

    Thank you windmills and falafel,
    I don’t really follow country music eventhough I like Carrie U and now Lauren. Very interesting about the emphasis on writers , etc.
    I remember that Kris got a lot of heat because his single LLWD was recorded already (I think) on a B side of the Script’s CD in Germany or somewhere.
    Either that, or I was just too sensitive to any criticism on Kris :D

    We’ll see what song will be Lauren’s single, but whatever it is, I think that she should be Ok.