“The Road Less Traveled” is by far my favorite Lauren Alaina song to date. It’s catchy, it’s fun, but it’s also important.
The song, which she wrote with Meghan Trainor and Jesse Frasure, was inspired by the Georgia native’s personal struggles with bulimia and self image.
“As a 15, 16-year-old girl, someone messaging you on Facebook and telling you you’re fat is devastating,” she told Rolling Stone Country. “It’s still devastating when someone says something horrible about me, but I love myself so much more as a person. I found myself in these last few years, through music and family and good people around me.”
She’s sharing her new found confidence with her fans through this new anthem:
Why do you keep on staring
That mirror, mirror, it ain’t fair at all
Dress sizes can’t define, don’t let the world decide what’s beautiful, no
You won’t make yourself a name if you follow the rules
History gets made when you’re acting a fool
So don’t hold it back and just flaunt it
Show what you got and just own it
No, they can’t tear you apart
“I want that to be my overall message — that we just need to love each other. We need to love other more,” she said. “No matter where you’re from, what you’ve done, who you are, what your family’s done, it’s like, you cannot be healthy without love.”