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This article is about the singer and 2012 The Voice contestant. For the spy novelist, see Raelynn Hillhouse.
Birth name Racheal Lynn Woodward
Born (1994-05-04) May 4, 1994 (age 22)
Origin Baytown, Texas, U.S.
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active 2012–present
Labels Valory, Warner Bros. Nashville
Website www.raelynnofficial.com

Racheal Lynn Woodward (born May 4, 1994),[1] better known as RaeLynn, is an American singer and songwriter who was a contestant on The Voice in season two (2012). She was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

RaeLynn was born and raised in Baytown, Texas,[1][2] and at age 15 wanted a career in music. She graduated high school early, in 2010.

2012: The Voice[edit]

RaeLynn auditioned for the second season of The Voice after being encouraged by a contestant on Team Adam who wrote songs with her.[3] Her audition song was "Hell on Heels" by Pistol Annies, Miranda Lambert's group. Both Adam Levine and Blake Shelton wanted her on their team, 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 Blake publicly defended his choice in a Twitter war.[4] 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.[5] For her last-chance performance, she sang "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry, but wasn't chosen over Erin Willett and thus eliminated.

Performances on The Voice[edit]

Show Song Original artist Order Result
Blind Audition "Hell on Heels" Pistol Annies 1 Adam Levine and Blake Shelton turned
RaeLynn chose Blake Shelton
Battle Round "Free Fallin'" (vs. Adley Stump) Tom Petty 2 Saved by Blake Shelton
Live Show 1 "Wake Up Call" Maroon 5 3 Saved (public vote)
Quarterfinals (first week) "She's Country" Jason Aldean 1 Bottom 2 (Eliminated by Blake Shelton)
Last Chance Performances "If I Die Young" The Band Perry 4

2012–present: After The Voice[edit]

As of 2012, she was signed to Republic Nashville.[6] She has written songs with Natalie Hemby, Jon Randall, John Wiggins, and fellow Voice contestants Nicolle Galyon and Hailey Steele.[2][7]

She has performed a song co-written with Miranda Lambert entitled "Lie",[8] 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-Voice activity. The single sold 27,000 copies in its debut week.[9]

She performs backing vocals for Blake Shelton's 2013 single, "Boys 'Round Here",[10] which debuted at No. 67 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and peaked at No. 16.[11] 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.[12]

RaeLynn's debut single to country radio, "God Made Girls", was released on July 1, 2014.[13] On December 2, 2014, she performed her single on season seven of The Voice. It went on to be a Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart and a Top 20 hit on the Billboard Country Airplay charts, and was certified Gold by the RIAA. On January 13, 2015, RaeLynn released an EP through Valory Music Co. titled Me, which debuted at No. 49 on the Billboard 200, and No. 7 on the Top Country Albums chart, with 5,500 copies sold in its first week.[14] "For a Boy" was released on March 23, 2015 as RaeLynn's second single to country radio. It was less successful than its predecessor and a year later, in April 2016, it was announced that RaeLynn had parted ways with Valory Music Co., leaving her debut album unreleased.

On June 7, 2016, it was announced that RaeLynn had signed a new record deal with Warner Bros. Nashville.


Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country

Extended plays[edit]

Title Extended play details Peak chart
US Country
Me 7 49


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
2012 "Boyfriend" 32 118 92 Me
2014 "God Made Girls" 7 16 61 42 100
2015 "For a Boy" 32 58 115 Non-album single
2016 "Love Triangle"A 38 46 WildHorse
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ACurrent single.[25]

Single releases from The Voice[edit]

Year Title
2012 "Hell on Heels"
"Free Fallin'"
"Wake Up Call"
"She's Country"

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country CAN
2013 "Boys 'Round Here"
(Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies and Friends)
2 1 12 1 12 Based on a True Story…
2014 "Buzzin"
(Blake Shelton featuring RaeLynn)
44 Bringing Back the Sunshine

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
2014 "God Made Girls"[30] TK McKamy
2015 "For a Boy"[31]
2016 "Love Triangle"[32]


  1. ^ a b Leggett, Steve. "RaeLynn > Biography". Rovi via Billboard. Archived from the original on July 25, 2015. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Dukes, Billy (July 19, 2012). "RaeLynn Dishes on Record Deal, New Music and Advice From Blake Shelton". TasteOfCountry.com. Archived from the original on October 3, 2015. Retrieved December 22, 2012. 
  3. ^ Scarpa, Gina. "The Voice Season 2: Exclusive Interview with RaeLynn". RealityWanted. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Walls, Becca (April 18, 2012). "Blake Shelton Explains Decision to Eliminate RaeLynn on The Voice". The Country Vibe with Chuck and Becca. Archived from the original on January 10, 2016. Retrieved January 10, 2016. 
  5. ^ Dunkerley, Beville. "RaeLynn, 'The Voice': Singer 'Picks' on Blake Shelton & Predicts Season 3 Winner". the Boot. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Gallo, Phil (December 17, 2012). "Three 'Voice' Alums at Work on New Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Voice: Rae Lynn Premieres New Songs (video)". Retrieved 22 December 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  8. ^ "Miranda Lambert and The Voice Contestant RaeLynn Perform New Co-Written Song "Lie" (VIDEO)". Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  9. ^ Bjorke, Matt (December 20, 2012). "Country Chart News - The Top 30 Digital Singles: The Week of December 19, 2012: Cassadee Pope Debuts with "Over You"; RaeLynn Debuts with Boyfriend". Roughstock. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  10. ^ Addison, Daryl (March 19, 2013). "GAC Album Review: Blake Shelton's Based On A True Story…". Great American Country. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  11. ^ "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Hot 100 for Blake Shelton. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  12. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/1558798/raelynn-inks-deal-with-dr-luke-on-eve-of-recording-debut-album
  13. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/god-made-girls-single/id893395273
  14. ^ Matt Bjorke (January 21, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For January 21, 2015". Roughstock. 
  15. ^ a b "RaeLynn Album & Song Chart History - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  16. ^ a b "RaeLynn Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  17. ^ "WildHorse by RaeLynn". iTunes Store (US). Apple Inc. Retrieved 9 September 2016. 
  18. ^ Matt Bjorke (March 18, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For March 18, 2015". Roughstock.  Sales figure given here [1]
  19. ^ "RaeLynn - Chart history". Billboard Hot Country Songs for RaeLynn. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  20. ^ "RaeLynn - Chart history". Billboard Country Airplay for RaeLynn. Retrieved August 16, 2016. 
  21. ^ Peak chart positions for charted songs in the United States:
  22. ^ "RaeLynn Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  23. ^ "RaeLynn Album & Song Chart History - Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  24. ^ "American single certifications – RaeLynn – God Made Girls". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  25. ^ "Single Releases". MusicRow. Retrieved July 9, 2016. 
  26. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United States as a featured performer:
  27. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United States as a featured performer:
  28. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in the United States as a featured performer:
  29. ^ Peak chart positions for singles in Canada as a featured performer:
  30. ^ "RaeLynn – God Made Girls (2014)". IMVDb. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  31. ^ "CMT : Videos : RaeLynn : For A Boy". Country Music Television. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  32. ^ "CMT : Videos : RaeLynn : Love Triangle". Country Music Television. Retrieved August 1, 2016. 

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