Lauren Alaina wants to tap into her country music roots after signing a new record deal.

In an interview with Billboard , the former American Idol contestant announced that she has signed with Nashville-based Big Loud Records.

Although details of her deal have not been released, Lauren revealed that she has been writing

writing her own songs and working with Big Loud Publishing on projects by other songwriters. The Road Less Traveled singer reflected on her ultimate goal,

explaining that she would like to tap into her "country roots." If you go back and watch me on American Idol,

I'm a country girl through and through," she insisted. In the chat, Lauren also expressed her desire to continue acting and write a book.

And Big Loud CEO Seth England is thrilled to have the Georgia native on board. "We feel that Lauren is absolutely one of the best singers,

, male or female, in this city. Sure, she's had success, but we humbly think she's barely scratched the surface of what we think we can do together,"