Racheal Lynn Woodward (born May 4, 1994), better known as RaeLynn, is an American singer-songwriter who finished third on Blake Shelton's team on the second season of The Voice.
1 Life and career
1.1 Early life,
1.2 2012: The Voice,
1.3 2012-present: After The Voice,
2.1.1 As main artist,
2.1.2 As featured performer,
Life and career:
RaeLynn was born in a very musical family who sang at church. One of her inspirations was her brother Jake who is part of Grammy nominated band Leeland. At the age of 11, she took interest in country music after listening to "Me and Charlie Talking" by Miranda Lambert. She graduated at the top of her class in 2011.
2012: The Voice:
RaeLynn auditioned for the second season of The Voice after being encouraged by a contestant on Team Adam who wrote songs with her. Her audition song was "Hell on Heels" by Pistol Annies, a group whom Miranda Lambert is a part of. Both Adam Levine and Blake Shelton wanted her on their teams, but she eventually chose Team Blake. She sang "Free Fallin'" against Adley Stump in the Battle Rounds and won. Her victory was however highly contested, and her coach, Blake, publicly defended his choice in a Twitter war. She then went on to the live shows to perform "Wake Up Call" by Maroon 5 and "She's Country" by Jason Aldean, and the latter later became her best selling cover on the show. For her last chance performance, she sung "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry, but was chosen over Erin Willett and thus eliminated.
2012-present: After The Voice:
She is currently signed to Republic Nashville, and is working on a studio album that will be recorded after she finishes her radio tour. The songs for the upcoming album have already been written with her involvement on every track. She has also written with Natalie Hemby, Jon Randall, John Wiggins, and fellow Voice contestants Nicolle Galyon and Hailey Steele. The album is scheduled for release in August 2013, and she will tour late summer and into the fall.
She has since performed a song co-written with Miranda Lambert entitled "Lie", and returned with fellow finalists Chris Mann and Juliet Simms to perform at the semifinal results show on the third season of The Voice, performing her new single, "Boyfriend". "Boyfriend" later charted on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, which acts as a 25-song extension to the Hot 100, thus making her the first contestant to chart on one of Billboard's overall singles charts for post-The Voice activity. The single sold 27,000 copies in its debut week.
She is featured as backing vocals on Blake Shelton's 2013 single, "Boys 'Round Here", which debuted at number 67 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and peaked at number 16. The song is also featured on Shelton's album, Based on a True Story.... She was signed to Dr. Luke's publishing label Prescription Songs in April 2013.