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After debuting her first single “Boyfriend” on The Voice this week, Raelynn has made a major leap on the iTunes charts. The singer, who was a member of Team Blake Shelton on the second season of the hit reality show, signed a deal with Republic Nashville earlier this year. Her album, which is reportedly being co-produced by Dan Huff, will be released sometime in 2013. Her first-ever major label single is currently sitting pretty at number 23 on the iTunes country charts after her performance.
In other Raelynn news, she launched her official fanclub this week – with Miranda Lambert becoming one of the first fans to join. Check out Rae’s Revival on her official website here. Although it doesn’t launch until January 2013, you can sign up now and get a limited edition autographed picture from the singer.
The twangy singer-songwriter has been praised by both Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert for her country personality and vocals, but what do you think about her single? Do you think it could be a hit, or is the success already because of her return to The Voice? Check out her performance below and let us know what you think:
Former Team Blake contestant Raelynn will be premiering her debut single on The Voice next week! The young singer, who signed a recording contract with Big Machine Records earlier this year, has been hard at work on her first album – even writing with Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton! Catch her singing “Boyfriend” on December 11th on NBC. It’s been a big year for the Texan songwriter, who appeared on dates as a surprise guest on Miranda’s “ON FIRE” tour, and even performing her own sets on-board the Blake Shelton Cruise in October!
Are you excited about hearing her single? Who do you hope gets a record contract from this season of The Voice?
NBC The Voice star RaeLynn is officially off the record deal market! She signed a deal today with Republic Nashville, the sister label to Big Machine Records, and although today is Friday the 13th, it seems to be a very lucky day for her!
She took to twitter with the news today, saying:
@RaeLynnOffical: Thank y’all for making my dream come true!! I’m so happy and excited and so pumped!!!! ❤❤❤❤❤
Blake Shelton even tweeted her a congratulations after, calling her his “little sis.” According to her twitter, it looks like she’s been rehearsing to hit the road for some upcoming shows with her idol, Miranda Lambert. Congratulations, RaeLynn! We don’t have any news yet on when RaeLynn will be releasing some new music, but we’ll keep you updated as soon as we find out!
RaeLynn might not have been crowned the winner of The Voice’s second season, but it looks like she didn’t exactly need to. The young singer debuted a brand new original song with Miranda Lambert called “Lie.” The twangy singer was recently nicknamed “Baby Annie” by Miranda’s Pistol Annies, and performed for Miranda’s fans at her fanclub party last week. RaeLynn has been working on her debut country album with Miranda, and RaeLynn’s coach, Blake Shelton. While there’s no date announced for the album there’s no doubt that it will be great with the husband-and-wife duo backing her.
Check out the performance of “Lie” below and let us know what you think about RaeLynn working with the Sheltons.
RaeLynn will be joining us on the Blake Shelton Cruise! It’s the largest country music live event to ever set sail, and we’d love to have you join us, too! If you mention Keepin’ it Country with your new reservation, you’ll qualify for a free gift from us on-board! Who doesn’t like free? For more information, and to see the amazing line-up already announced, visit blakesheltoncruise.com.
Fans at the Stagecoach Festival got a huge surprise Saturday night: The return of RaeLynn.
Headliner Miranda Lambert was midway through her show when she surprised the Indio, California crowd by bringing RaeLynn out on the stage. The two then sang a rocking version of Maroon 5’s “Wake Up Call,” which RaeLynn had performed on The Voice. (See a fan-shot video of the performance below.)
Shortly after her performance RaeLynn tweeted the following message:
Just performed with my favorite country singer and my adopted big sister @Miranda_Lambert! Love my sister Annie’s!
Lambert had long been scheduled to headline at the festival and many fans hoped to see the Pistol Annies — the trio of Lambert, Angaleena Presley and Ashley Monroe – as they had performed at Miranda’s shows the previous two nights. The Annies did perform, but the big bombshell came from the tiny Texan and her performance with Miranda, her idol.
The Voice rolls on without RaeLynn. But don’t waste a second worrying about the spunky 17-year-old. She may be off the show, but she’s well on her way to a career in country.
The native of Baytown, Texas reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated at the end of last week’s results show. America voted to save Jermaine Paul, which forced her and Erin Willett to sing for Team Blake’s remaining spot in the semi-finals. RaeLynn’s version of “If I Die Young” by The Band Perry was sweet, but not sweet enough. In the end, coach Blake Shelton made the tough (and for many, unexpected) call of cutting the country singer.
During her time on The Voice, RaeLynn was called everything from country cutie to heartbreaker to badass. Whatever you call her, don’t call her done. Elimination doesn’t mark the end for RaeLynn. Instead, it signals the start of her next step. From what we’re learned about RaeLynn, expect that step to be a big one. She’s a spitfire who won’t be stopped.
In the following interview, we talked about the elimination, how she faced the music afterwards in the press room, handling the haters, a special “taste” of home and what lies ahead.
After last week’s live show performance on The Voice that earned her a spot in the show’s Top 16, RaeLynn decided to a little live show of her own. We’re not talking about TV or even a club gig. This was simply RaeLynn spending part of her Easter Sunday connecting with her fans in a webcast.
Say what you will about the spunky 17-year-old from Baytown, TX, but she sure has fun. She took the chat in every conceivable direction: From her love of “boy bands” (especially One Direction and singer Harry Styles) to being disappointed in hearing Jake Owen got engaged (even though she said the 30-year-old Owen is pretty old) to talking about one of her friends getting a boyfriend. She may be on her way to being a big star, but she’s still got a lot of kid in her. That’s a good thing.
She sang little snippets of songs that fans requested and even gave some of them a huge thrill by calling them. She even made a few surprise calls to some of her friends from The Voice so fans could hear from those people, too. Unfortunately for her, one of those calls kind of backfired. When she called former Team Blake member Jordan Rager, the fellow country signer didn’t know who he was talking with because he didn’t have RaeLynn’s number saved in his phone. Oops!
As for answering questions, RaeLynn tried her best, but it was hard for her (or anyone watching) to keep up with the fast and furious flow from her fans. Below are some of the her thoughts on various topics and answers to questions:
Shortly after Nicolle Galyon left The Voice, we asked her who she would be supporting on the show. The singer/songwriter admitted she’s a fan of all the contestants, but her loyalties lay with RaeLynn.
It’s one thing to say you’re supporting somebody, but Nicolle’s taking it to another level by singing about her! The former member of Team Adam posted the song “California” on her Facebook page with the caption: “Any guess who this was written about??” (If the lyrics don’t give it away, the link to The Voice voting page and the request for folks to vote for RaeLynn certainly do!)
You can hear the song below and also get a free download of it here.
Actually, the song has a double-shot of support from former contestants on The Voice. Hailey Steele from the country duo The Line (formerly on Team Christina) sings the background vocals on the song.
RaeLynn keeps racking up the “firsts” for Team Blake on this season of NBC’s smash singing competition The Voice. She was the first singer selected by Blake Shelton for his team. Now she’s the first singer Blake picked as a winner in the Battle Rounds.
The 17-year-old was matched with Adley Stump for her Battle Round. The pairing brought together two different types of singers: The powerful voice of Adley vs the more stylish singing RaeLynn. Coaches Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green picked Adley as the winner, while Adam Levine went with RaeLynn. In the end the decision was Blake’s and he went with RaeLynn, taking style over power.
Clearly, Blake sees something special about RaeLynn. But will the viewing audience feel the same way when it comes time to vote? We’ll all have to stay tuned for the answer to that question.
In the meantime, we caught up with the talented Texan to get her thoughts on meeting Miranda Lambert, her Battle Round with Adley, preparing for the live shows and a product endorsement she could really sink her teeth into.
Did you honestly have no idea that you were going to be working with Miranda?
The Twitter world was all up in arms this week over the first two members of Team Blake going to the live shows. Fans on Twitter took notice that both RaeLynn and Jordis were coached by the wife of Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert. The two eliminated artists – Adley Stump and Brian Fuente, were both coached by Kelly Clarkson. During a teleconference yesterday, RaeLynn admits that she feels that having Miranda as her adviser during the first Battle Round episode that aired on Monday didn’t give her the edge over Adley.
“You know, I don’t think I did because Adley’s just as amazing as – I mean all of us on this show are – we’re all amazing. I think it was awesome that he brought in my inspiration to work with me and that such a blessing. But I don’t think it gave me -it made me more confident to have, you know, Miranda behind me and have her mentoring me. Knowing she was behind me made me 10 times more excited to do the battle, but I don’t think it really gave me an edge because she got mentored by Kelly Clarkson who she absolutely adores. So I think it was, you know, we both did amazing. I love Adley and Adley is so amazing and Adley’s going to great things.”
RaeLynn also says that her friends have nicknamed her the “Little Miranda,” and explains how Miranda is such an inspiration to the singer:
“You know, me and Miranda are a lot alike. I’ve had lots of girls message me on Twitter and call me little Miranda and it’s really funny because she’s inspired me so much. I think me and Miranda are very similar in a lot of ways because we’re both really country. I can’t be anything but country. I can’t sing anything but country. I mean my whole team laughs at me when I talk, but it’s awesome because they love me, but, it’s just me and Miranda are a lot alike in a lot of ways but our voices are a little different. I think my voice is more of an old country sound but, you know, she’s inspired me and I love her rock country sound and that’s what I ultimately want to be. I think we do sound similar but we’re very different also so it’s really cool.”
RaeLynn has advanced to the live rounds which start in April. She’ll be up for fan votes to decide which team has the best voice in America. See who else makes the final Team Blake for the live rounds next week when The Voice airs on NBC at 8 pm EST.