Country Artist Alaina Blair Brings Original Music to Wine Country
As her own songwriter, manager and booking agent, vocalist Alaina Blair may be the hardest working artist for the new music generation. Performing at several venues in Temecula through the end of the year, including Lorimar Winery, Miramonte Winery and Public House, Blair is a Southern California native yet a country girl at heart.
“I’ve been influenced by so many different genres, which come through in my writing, but country music has always been my home,” Blair said during a recent interview.
With a well-received album, Los Angeles and San Diego music award nominations and dozens of performances under her belt, the 23-year-old Blair is one of country music’s brightest up-and-coming stars. In addition to her own solo shows, Blair has shared the stage with notable names in her genre including Jana Kramer, Jamie Lynn Spears, Montgomery Gentry and others.
One of Blair’s most memorable experiences as a new artist was opening for Grammy Award-winning Marc Cohen of “Walking in Memphis” fame.
“(Cohen) made a point to wait off stage to compliment my performance,” she said. “I’d never experienced that before and was so humbled to have received such kind words from him.”
American Idol alum Blair knows what it takes to devote herself to her music. Writing the majority of her own songs, primarily with guitarist Daniel Newell, Blair only has to look to the people beside her for creative inspiration.
“I have a fantastic band that amazes me every time we step on stage, who never stop pushing themselves, and who I can count on for anything,” she said. “I’m inspired every day by the sheer fact that I get to do what I love and people get to hear it. There is something so thrilling about knowing that the song a fan can’t get out of their head began inside your own, as nothing more than an idea.”
Although her career is just getting started, Blair already knows the value of giving back and using her talent for the greater good. She frequently volunteers for military tours and has performed for the troops in Bahrain, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Djibouti, Turkey, Jordan, and Egypt. At home, she is a huge supporter of Wounded Warrior Regiment and performs annually at the Marine Corps Trials.
“Performing for our military is one of my favorite things to do and there’s nothing like boosting the moral of hundreds of men and women defending our country and seeing how grateful they are for your songs,” she said. “If I could do nothing but go on tours around the world, to different bases to entertain and support them, I would. Every tour I’ve been privileged to be a part of has been such a blessing in my life and I highly encourage every artist I know to do it.”
Though she has toured all over the world, Blair especially enjoys the familiarity of performing for hometown crowds.
“There’s a real comfort in playing your favorite local venue and knowing the crowd because it’s your friends and family and longtime fans who have given nothing but love, support and so many memories,” Blair said. “At every local show, you can expect a love song, a sad song, a new song, an old song, a fun song, a done song, and a sing along song. We are always adding new songs and changing up our sets to keep each show new and exciting for everyone, even if they have seen me a dozen times. When it comes to the venue, there’s no place like home.”
For information and performance schedule for Alaina Blair, visit www.alainablair.com.