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Alaina stretches out with "Eighteen Inches"

Friday, June 29, 2012 – Lauren Alaina will release her new single, Eighteen Inches, to radio on July 16. The song was co-written by Carrie Underwood, Kelley Lovelace and Ashley Gorley.

"It's amazing to have an artist like Carrie Underwood, whom I look up to so much write my single," said Alaina. "Kelley, Ashley and Carrie all did a wonderful job writing such an incredible song. I feel so honored to be able to bring to life the beautiful story within the song."

"It's so wonderful when a song you had a hand in writing finds the perfect home," said Underwood. "Lauren's voice tells the story of Eighteen Inches beautifully. What an incredible talent.

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