Beyond The Voice: Lana Scott Reflects On Her Journey Since The Show And Future Plans
We caught up with Scott, who appeared on Season 21 of the show.
Lana Scott; Photo by Annie Loughead
Country music lovers might remember Lana Scott singing “Hole in the Bottle” by Kelsea Ballerini during her blind audition on The Voice – landing a spot on Blake Shelton’s team and ultimately coasting her way to the top eight – but fans of the franchise might be wondering what Scott is up to more than two years after season 21 came to a close.
Believe it or not, the rising star admitted to Country Now that she is “working harder than ever” in and out of Nashville, releasing a single titled “Miracles” to close out 2023 and kick off 2024, all while striving closer towards the release of her debut album. In an exclusive interview, Scott spilled what she has been up to since her journey on The Voice finished, as well as what the future has in store, diving into all the nitty-gritty details.
What Happened to Lana Scott After The Voice?
Singing chart-topping country tunes like “I Hope” by Gabby Barrett, “Something in the Water” by Carrie Underwood, “Things a Man Oughta Know” by Lainey Wilson, and more throughout season 21, Lana Scott stole the hearts of The Voice viewers nationwide while competing on the beloved competition series, but her personal growth was equally as exceptional.
She gushed, “The Voice totally changed my life in the first place. I auditioned six times until I made it, and so when I was finally there, I just soaked it all up and really savored every single moment… I knew that when the show was over, that was just going to be the start if I had anything to do with it, because I’d worked so hard to get there.”
Because of this, Scott packed her bags after The Voice wrapped and moved to Nashville, Tennessee in a matter of just one month. Since then, the talented singer-songwriter revealed that she has been “writing songs I really believe in with writers that I really look up to… booked my own summer nationwide tour last year, which was really wild seeing all the people really all over the country who support me,” and even performing at Ole Red, Blake Shelton’s bar on Broadway.
Relationship With Blake Shelton After The Voice
Given that her former coach from The Voice helped her land some gigs at Ole Red, Scott and Shelton have maintained a friendly relationship with one another after season 21 came to a close, despite the latter being busy with projects such as filming Barmageddon, opening his sixth Ole Red location on the Las Vegas Strip, spending time with his wife Gwen Stefani and his three stepsons, and more.
“Blake Shelton did 23 seasons. I was season 21, and so for me, I never went into it expecting him to be my life coach. I’m just really thankful for him to be my coach on The Voice,” Scott admitted, before sharing the inside scoop. “He is the king of country music with a huge career and a family, so I’m super grateful for the opportunities he’s given me at Ole Red and around the country.”
She continued with a smile, “He’s called in before while I was performing in Nashville. I also ran into him one time in Nashville where he was recording Barmageddon, but he stopped the recording when he saw me, ran up to me, hugged me, and that was really nice, especially because that wasn’t on The Voice set. It was just this genuine, sweet moment.”
Life as an Independent Artist
While Shelton has helped her secure a spot on some of the most coveted stages in Music City, Lana Scott is still an independent artist nonetheless, dipping her toe into every single aspect of her country music career: creating cover art, contacting radio stations and other media, directing and editing music videos, and more.
Diving into the details with Country Now, she spilled, “I’m scouting locations. I’m making phone calls myself – whether it’s for music videos or radio stations – I’m writing the storyline second by second, and more. I’m very thankful that I have such a great team of videographers and photographers and friends. All my music videos have friends of mine in them, or people I know who just want to be a part of it, and it’s really gratifying. I’m learning a lot. I’m challenging myself.”
“Even if I were to get signed in the future, I still plan on being involved. I think it’s really good for artists to have a say in what they’re creating beyond just singing and recording, so there’s a lot of intention, and I’m thankful that I found a team that really appreciates that and enjoys that. It’s about having a vision, but for me, it’s also about staying really collaborative and being open. You never know when someone else’s idea might inspire yours,” the Virginia native concluded.
Latest Single, “Miracles”
On December 15, Scott released a tune titled “Miracles” to not only close out 2023, but to kick off 2024 as well, ultimately paving the way for everything that is to come in the new year.
She shared the inspiration behind the soon-to-be smash hit in our exclusive interview, revealing to Country Now, “It’s important for me to infuse some of my faith, and as a person who sees a lot of darkness in pop culture and on TV and in the world, I feel called to try my best to point a little bit to some silver linings and some light, something that I feel like a lot of people need.”
In a nutshell, the track itself “was meant as an end of the year song, and also a start of this year song, to encourage people that life itself is a miracle and miracles are all around us if we look for them.”
Despite hitting all music streaming platforms just one month ago, Scott admitted that “It’s been really cool to hear all the feedback of people who’ve said they needed a song like this… I have two dear friends in my life who are dealing with cancer – one of which just became cancer-free – and so the lyrics in the second verse are very personal to me. If you read them, it talks about cancer disappearing, it talks about surviving in a car crash, it talks about going to war but coming back alive… I’m trying to shine a light on everyday miracles that sometimes we overlook.”
Debut Album in the Works
While “Miracles” is nothing short of spectacular – showcasing who Lana Scott is as an artist in a rather vulnerable way – the budding superstar revealed that her debut album is “coming out this spring for sure,” teasing to Country Now what exactly it will entail.
“I will say some of the songs people may recognize, and a handful of them they will have heard nothing about before,” she spilled, before diving into the details of the release process.
“Once I release the album, I’ll then be releasing videos and the tracks individually. I know we live in a day and age where a lot of people are just doing singles, and I didn’t want to do that because I grew up in the nineties loving albums and full pieces of work, so I’m doing it in a way that’s a hybrid. I’m doing the album, but then I’ll be promoting each new song throughout the year.”
Goals for 2024
With her debut album aside, Scott also shared some goals that she wants to accomplish in 2024, which consist of performing at the Grand Ole Opry, securing a spot within CMT’s Next Women of Country class, touring all across the world, and more.
She gushed with a grin, “I would love to make a Grand Ole Opry debut. That’s a big dream of mine that I’m working toward and hoping for. CMT has this program called Next Women of Country that I would be honored to be a part of at any point, when and if the time is right, and more touring, but a bit more expansive. I’m starting to develop a presence in the UK. I know there’s a lot of love and appreciation for country music there, so that’s been really fun just starting to dip my feet over there.”
“I think it’s really important to have specific goals rather than just see what happens because I believe that either those things will happen, or along the way of trying the right things will fall into place,” Scott concluded.
Country music lovers can listen to “Miracles” on their favorite music streaming platform now, as well as connect with the songstress on Instagram @ameasureoflana for updates regarding the release of her debut album.
Melanie has been writing for Country Now since August of 2023. Originally from Southern California and currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee, she graduated from Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma in 2023 with a BA in Journalism. During her free time, she loves going to concerts and music festivals, binging her favorite TV shows, spending time with her friends and family and cheering on the Oklahoma Sooners (of course).