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Rising country singers Lauren Alaina, Joanna Smith have hair-curling encounter

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A recent canceled flight turned into planes, trains and automobiles, as Columbia Records artist Joanna Smith tried to get to a performance in Huntington, N.Y., at country-radio station WJVC last Thursday.

Songster Smith managed to arrive with minutes to spare, but the harried trip left her with very little time to do her hair. Enter fellow rising star singer/songwriter Lauren Alaina of American Idol fame, who stepped in to help by curling Smith's hair before either had to hit the stage.

This week, post-celebrity hairstyling, Smith is headed home to South Georgia to spend Christmas with her family.

"We have the same routine every Christmas in our family," she recently told Country Weekly. "We always go to Eufaula, Ala., and spend time with my mama's side of the family. The past few years have been extra special because we've had some precious little additions to the family. Kids always make Christmas more fun."

To sample Smith singing a Santa-themed favorite, simply access the video embedded on the left side of this article. And to learn more about Smith and her country music, please access her official website at



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