Her debut single was released immediately after American Idol
's finale on May 25, 2011. An uplifting ode to maternal love and strength "Like My Mother Does
" was an apt choice for Alaina. "My mom's been beside me through this whole thing," she said. "Every time I've gotten upset, she's always been there to pick me up. So I feel like it's really great for me to sing this song just for her, because she deserves it."