Wearing stylish thigh high boots, shorts and a black tank, RaeLynn says she feels like a new woman over catch-up at her new label home Warner Music Nashville.
She turned 22 in May, married her husband Josh Davis in February and is sitting on a catalogue of new music she can’t wait for her fans to hear. Her new single “Love Triangle,” a very personal ballad she co-wrote at 18 about her parents’ divorce, has vivid imagery reflecting the impact co-parenting has on children of split parents and the people in their lives.
Because when divorce involves kids, more than two hearts break. Holidays at home can turn into family tours with stops at multiple houses, and that’s just a start. It can become a sticky situation, and it’s a “stuck” that feels familiar to RaeLynn and others affected by divorce.
“This song is not just for a kid that’s gone through divorce or has parents that are not together,” she says. “This song is for somebody like my husband. My husband has parents who have been married for 30 years and grandparents who have been married for 62. He’s never had to experience that.
“But now being married to me, that’s my life. When we went to go see my family for Thanksgiving, we didn’t just go to one Thanksgiving, we went to two. So, it effects everybody you’re around. That’s why this song is so special. I know that it’s going to touch so many people because if you’ve never gone through divorce, you know somebody who has, or you’ve dated somebody who has, or your best friend has. It’s going to resonate. It’s going to hit a lot of people.”
For “Love Triangle,” RaeLynn focuses on the heart-clenching moments she experienced as a little girl while waiting for her dad to pick her up, their time together and the ride back to mom’s. In the second verse, she sings from the mother’s perspective, “Southern belle statue/Standing in the screen door/Watching her whole world/Head for an old Ford/With a man who can’t look her in the eye/ Then I run to him/Big hug/Jump in/And I cry/For her/Out the window.”
“I would sit on the front steps with my favorite Mickey Mouse suitcase,” RaeLynn recalls. “His diesel truck was so loud, I would hear him coming down the road. I’d be like, ‘Mom! I’m leavin’!’ But I wanted them to feel what I felt, and I wanted them to see what I saw.”
She adds the new music on an upcoming full length album will reflect her personal growth from her time on the Voice to the woman she is today. She says, “I feel like Nashville has watched me grow up in front of them, which is cool but it kind of sucks at the same time because you get pigeonholed, like, ‘Oh she’s the girl with the long hair that wears fairy dresses.’ That was me at one point because I was new and I was young. But we all grow up. We experience life, and I’ve done that. I moved here, I lived on my own, I lived in an apartment with a roommate, and now I’m married and have two dogs. So, your life changes, and this record shows that.”
RaeLynn adds she leaned on her former Voice coach Blake Shelton and new label mate to determine what material should go on the upcoming collection.
“A lot of the record he’s helped me pick,” she says. “Anytime I’d write a new song and I was passionate about it, I’d send it to Blake … I feel like every artist in this town, they have to have somebody that supports them and helps them. It takes a village and it takes people to support you. Blake’s been that for me. And honestly, I don’t know if I’d be here right now with all the fans, notoriety and relationships I’ve created, if it wasn’t for him, his love for me as a person and his love for my music. I’ll just never forget him turning that red chair around for me, hugging me and whispering in my ear, ‘I’m going to help you no matter what.’ And he meant it. And I’ll still hold that near and dear to my heart every day.”