“THE VOICE” ALUMNUS RAELYNN OPENS HERSELF THROUGH SONG

“THE VOICE” ALUMNUS RAELYNN OPENS HERSELF THROUGH SONG
Rae Lynn performs at the AT&T Showcase Stage at AT&T U-Verse Fan Fair X on Friday, June 6 during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. Photo: John Russell / CMA

Rae Lynn performs at the AT&T Showcase Stage at AT&T U-Verse Fan Fair X on Friday, June 6 during the 2014 CMA Music Festival in downtown Nashville. Photo: John Russell / CMA

Texas native RaeLynn, 20, hit the AT&T U-Verse Showcase Stage at the CMA Fest Fan Fair X on Friday afternoon to perform some of songs from her upcoming album. The former contestant on “The Voice” made her mark on Country Music by auditioning with The Pistol Annies song “Hell on Heels” and covering Jason Aldean’s “She’s Country. After serving on Blake Shelton’s team, she was featured in his song “Boys ’Round Here” alongside Pistol Annies, moving up from covering their songs to performing with them.

However, RaeLynn plans on accomplishing far more than a few good covers, as she is currently on a radio tour for her upcoming album and single “God Made Girls,” which is scheduled to release later this month.

RaeLynn comes across as having the same desires and dreams of any other woman her age. She spoke onstage of a conversation she had with her mom where she asked, “I’m blonde and can sing, so why don’t I have a boyfriend?” To which her mom replied, “Right now, you’re young and just ‘kissing frogs’. From this advice sprang another song for her forthcoming album, “Kissing Frogs.”

She also shared more personal matters. She was writing 9 to 5, Monday through Friday, when she moved to Nashville at 18 and signed with Republic Nashville Records. Her parents had divorced and she was struggling with the emotional ties she retained with both. She described herself as “always that kid stuck in the middle, relaying information back and forth.”

One day when she was going into write, her parents got onto a fight and she nearly skipped the session and went home. Instead, she turned off her phone and wrote a poignant song entitled “Love Triangle,” which draws from this struggle.

She finished with her single, “God Made Girls,” and sweetly invited the audience to come meet her, exclaiming, “I can’t wait to meet all of y’all! Come say hi and give me hugs!” Ripe with enthusiasm, RaeLynn has the energy of a young adult, combined with the talent and introspective ability of a well-practiced musician.