There’s nothing quite like watching grown men singing at the top of their lungs to RaeLynn live.
That happened throughout her sold-out headlining debut at Mercy Lounge when she brought her RaVe tour to Nashville on Wednesday (March 24). Everywhere there were guys who weren’t with significant others there to watch her light up the stage with selections from WildHorse, her debut EP Me and a mix of pop covers.
Fans were packed in the club like sardines to see the show. For some in the audience, it was their first concert. Sandwiched in between the adults rocking out were children as young as five having the time of their lives, waving skinny glow sticks that were given away before her set.
After the first song, she took a poll of the audience to see how far everyone had traveled to see her perform in Nashville. Some shouted they had driven 19 hours to see her live. Others were from Canada and at least one had traveled as far as England.
But the biggest takeaway from the show was that her audience knew her album cuts by heart just as much as they knew her pop covers. They sang along as loudly to WildHorse’s “Graveyard,” “The Apple,” “Insecure,” “Lonely Call” and “Love Triangle” just as much as they did to her versions of Hailee Steinfeld’s “Starving,” Selena Gomez’s “Good For You,” Justin Bieber’s “Baby” and Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” It was as if they were the same massive hits.
Before her finale of “God Made Girls,” she brought out three young girls from backstage to sing with her. One of them was the daughter of Nicolle Galyon, the hit-maker behind Miranda Lambert’s “Automatic” and Keith Urban’s “We Were Us.”
When RaeLynn first came to Nashville to write music at age 17, one of her first co-writing appointments in town was with Galyon and she offered RaeLynn her audition on The Voice season two. Galyon ended up getting another audition and went on to compete on Adam Levine’s team that season.
Also spotted in the audience were Maggie Rose, Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard and Kelsea Ballerini with her fiancée Morgan Evans.
After the show ended, RaeLynn reemerged onstage with a group of her closest girlfriends for a RaVe dance party to wrap the night.
“Nashville,” she posted on social media after the show. “You knew it and sang along. Thank you for dancing and letting loose with me. Love you all SOO MUCH! I didn’t fall asleep till 3am cause I was so excited.”