In the “Musical Insights” series, country artists share their thoughts on some of their most popular tunes.
Lauren Alaina wrote her latest single “Road Less Traveled” with Meghan Trainor and Jesse Frasure, but she thinks that even though she hadn’t verbalized what she was going through at the time that they wrote it, that her friends instinctively knew there was message she needed to express.
“I don’t even know really if they knew when we wrote this song that it was kind of about [my eating disorder],” she reveals in audio provided by the Universal Music Group Nashville. “I mean, I think, sure, during the day, I was talking about how much pressure it was for me, and how I feel like this needs to be a certain way and look a certain way.
“But I don’t know that I went into detail, because I was really struggling with an eating disorder at the time, so I was really, at the time, kind of knowing that I needed to believe what I was writing, but it took me a while to really get there,” she continues. “I had to listen to this song. I had to write a million songs with this theme to kind of grow in that.
“So, I think maybe Meghan kind of knew, because she’s a really good friend of mine, but I don’t think we talked about it in the write. I just think we all felt this feeling to write this theme, and now I get to share it.”