Lauren Alaina is known to wear her heart on her sleeve. The 22-year-old is not shy about sharing her life with fans, including revealing the fact that she battled an eating disorder at a younger age.
Her latest single, “Doin’ Fine,” is no exception. Alaina delves into the emotion filled topic of her parents divorce and the challenges she faced trying to deal with that decision.
“I’ve written stuff about my parents divorce and my dad’s alcoholism and my eating disorder. I feel like I needed to write about what was actually going on in my life,” Alaina tells One Country. “When I did, I started feeling so much better. It’s not about how many sells you get on your song or how much it gets played on the radio. It’s about actually making a difference I think. That’s the goal, and it’s crazy you can do that with music. I’m like, ‘I hit the lottery with this music thing!’
She certainly did. Alaina has been on a roll, scoring her first No. 1 hit with her previous single, “Road Less Traveled,” from the album of the same name and garnering her first-ever CMA Award nomination for Best New Artist.
While the new single, written by Alaina, Emily Shackleton and busbee, talks of a tough time in the young singers life, it also evokes a sense of empowerment—sending the message that while times can get hard and you’ll face challenges, you’ll come through stronger on the other side and ultimately be alright.
“Daddy got sober, mama got his best friend / I’ve cut down crying to every other weekend / thanks for asking how I’ve been / I’d gotten too good at hiding it / I’m OK, things are great but the truth is / yeah the truth is / I’m doin’ fine enough to know that everyone’s a little broken / fine enough to learn that hearts are best when they’re wide open / I still got fear inside of me / I’m not OK but I’m gonna be alright / For the first time in a long time I’m doin’ fine,” she to kick off the song.
The video, directed by Carlos Ruiz, puts the spotlight solely on Alaina. In it, she transforms through a variety of different looks— each one more stunning than the other— that represent a multitude of emotions from sad, broken and defiant to strong, happy and confident.
“When a really big life changing event takes place, you feel a flood of emotions,” said Alaina. “Some days you cry. Some days you’re angry and some days you’re happy. It was really important to me to use the three and a half minutes of the video to share all of the emotions I felt while watching my parents go through a divorce, seeing my dad through rehab, and my adjusting to a new life in Nashville. Life is full of unpredictability, and so are we. It’s okay to not be okay all of the time, but we have to get to a place where we are ‘Doin’ Fine.'”