Nearly a decade after winning over the hearts of millions on American Idol, Lauren Alaina’s career is soaring to new heights with the recent launch of her first-ever headlining tour.
Dubbed the That Girl Was Me Tour, the trek showcases the Georgia native’s growth as an artist as well as her undeniable star power.
On Friday (Jan. 31), Lauren made her way to The Foundry in Philadelphia for the ninth consecutive sold-out show of the tour. Her 90-minute set featured 17 songs, three costume changes and even showcased some never-before-seen footage of the singer/songwriter’s childhood and career. The show also featured a number of emotional moments, which left Lauren and many of her fans teary-eyed.
The setlist included fan favorites like “Ladies In The 90’s,” “Doin’ Fine,” “Like My Mother Does” and “Next Boyfriend,” as well as her latest single, “Getting Good.” The Dancing With The Stars alum even gave fans a taste of what’s to come on her forthcoming EP with performances of “In My Veins,” “Somebody Else’s Problem” and “Country In Me.” She also threw in “What Ifs,” her collaboration with her longtime friend Kane Brown, and the buzzed-about “One Beer,” with HARDY and Devin Dawson.
Lauren’s impressive vocals shined while belting out the lyrics to each and every song as she interacted with the fans in the capacity crowd. It’s obvious that fans absolutely adore her southern charm and bubbly personality. To sum it up, Lauren Alaina is truly charming and is an absolute joy to watch.
One of the most memorable (and emotional) moments of the show occurred when she took a moment to remember her late stepfather.
“When we realized that we got to play a 90-minute set, I wanted to make sure I got to tell every part of my story. The last ten years have been unbelievable, so many things have happened and I wanted to be sure to tell all parts of my story. The good things, the bad things, the happy things, the sad things and this next song is the hardest part of the set for me by far,” she explained. “In October of 2018, my family lost my stepdad [Sam Ramker] to his battle with cancer.”
Holding back tears, she continued, “Sam was literally the best guy I have ever known. He was always happy, always smiling, lighting up every room unless he was listening to me sing and then he was crying. He could not listen to me sing without crying cause he was so proud of me. Then suddenly the happiest, most positive person that I knew became the sickest person that I knew and it was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to witness. The last few months of his life were pretty tough and he was home on hospice and it was just horrifying, it was really a hard thing to witness. I will never ever forget the day that Sam died.”
As tears also welled up in fans’ eyes around the room, she shared one of her final memories of Sam.
“He said to us, ‘go on and live the best life that you can so that when you get to Heaven someday you can tell me about them,'” she recalled, adding, “You guys are our ninth sold-out show in a row and I cannot wait to tell him about this someday. And on the one year anniversary of his death, I got to dance to this song on Dancing with The Stars. It was one of the most feel-good moments of my life and this song is one of my favorite songs that I’ve ever written.”
She went on to perform the emotional “The Other Side.”
Other highlights of the show included her performance of the autobiographical “Three” and the uplifting “Road Less Traveled.”
Filmore opened the show with an energy-filled set that included the live debut of his latest single “My Place.” His 45-minute set also gave fans a taste of his anthemic hits like “Love That About You,” “London,” “Slower” and “State I’m In.” Additionally, Filmore delivered an unforgettable performance of The Killers’ “Mr. Brightside” and a cover of Thomas Rhett’s “It Goes Like This.”
For a full list of Lauren Alaina’s upcoming tour dates, CLICK HERE. See exclusive photos from the That Girl Was Me Tour below.