Will the first one picked be the last one standing on NBC’s The Voice? That’s a storyline country singer RaeLynn would love to see play out.
It’s been a little more than three weeks since the 17-year-old made a super splash immediately after the Super Bowl. The native of Baytown, Texas led off the show’s second season by landing a spot on Blake Shelton’s team (turning down a chance to work with Adam Levine). Blake tried to entice her to join his team by telling the teen, “I can make you a country star.” He pretty much had her from the moment he turned his chair, which was a feat in itself as she bravely chose to sing a song by her inspiration and Blake’s wife, Miranda Lambert.
RaeLynn may be one of the youngest members of Team Blake, but that doesn’t mean she’s inexperienced. She’s part of a large, musically inclined family (she has seven brothers and sisters) and has been performing for most of her life. Two of her cousins are in the GRAMMY-nominated progressive worship band, “Leeland.” As for her own career, she spent a lot of time in summer school, allowing her to finish high school two years early so she could try her hand at acting. But it turned out that her life in L.A. had her leaning back toward music.
Now she’s back in the business with her eyes on the prize. That includes competing on The Voice and beyond.
We have to start by asking about your blind audition. Last season, two singers sang a Miranda Lambert song and both times Blake didn’t turn his chair. Yet, you started the whole show by singing “Hell On Heels,” her hit with the Pistol Annies. Were you confident, crazy or both?