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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 21)
Origin Baytown, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 2012–present
Labels Valory
Website www.raelynnofficial.com

Racheal Lynn Woodward[1][2] (born May 4, 1994), better known as RaeLynn, is an American singer-songwriter who was a contestant on The Voice in season two. She was eliminated in the quarterfinals.

Life and career[edit]

Early life[edit]

RaeLynn was born in a very musical family who sang at church. One of her inspirations was country singer/songwriter Alex Mosalmani and her brother Jake who is part of Grammy-nominated Christian band Leeland. At the age of 11, she took interest in country music after listening to "Me and Charlie Talking" by Miranda Lambert.[3] She graduated at the top of her class in 2011.[4] Before she began her music career she aspired to be an actress, as she auditioned to play the "country girl" for a number of Disney and other theatrical productions, one being Mr. Popper's Penguins. In her early teens she began to pick up her guitar more frequently and started writing more songs. Her songwriting skills proved to be more successful than her acting ability, but she has recently brought the two together in her new music video, God Made Girls.

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.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] For her last-chance performance, she sang "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry, but was 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)

2012–present: After The Voice[edit]

She is currently signed to Republic Nashville, and is working on a studio album that will be recorded after she finishes her radio tour.[8] 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.[4][9]

She has since performed a song co-written with Miranda Lambert entitled "Lie",[10] 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.[11]

She is featured on backing vocals for Blake Shelton's 2013 single, "Boys 'Round Here",[12] which debuted at No. 67 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and peaked at No. 16.[13] 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.[14]

RaeLynn's debut single to country radio, "God Made Girls", was released on July 1, 2014.[15] On December 2, 2014, RaeLynn performed her single on season 7 of The Voice.

On January 13, 2015, RaeLynn released an EP through Valory Music Co. titled Me. The EP debut at No. 49 on the Billboard 200, and No. 7 on the Top Country Albums chart, with 5,500 copies sold in its debut week.[16]


Albums / EPs[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart
US Country
Me (EP) 7 49 US: 13,100[19]

Single releases from The Voice[edit]

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


Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
2012 "Boyfriend" 32 118 92 Me (EP)
2014 "God Made Girls" 7 16 61 42 100
2015 "For a Boy" 32 58 115 TBD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Guest appearances[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US Country
US Country Airplay[27] US
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'" (with Blake Shelton) 44 Bringing Back the Sunshine

Music videos[edit]

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


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  3. ^ "RaeLynn - Short Biography". Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Dukes, Billy. "RaeLynn Dishes on Record Deal, New Music and Advice From Blake Shelton". Tasteofcountry.com. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Scarpa, Gina. "The Voice Season 2: Exclusive Interview with RaeLynn". RealityWanted. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  6. ^ Dozier, Rachel. "The Voice's Blake Shelton on Eliminating RaeLynn: Miranda Is Disappointed, But I Made the Right Choice". Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
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  8. ^ Gallo, Phil (December 17, 2012). "Three 'Voice' Alums at Work on New Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Voice: Rae Lynn Premieres New Songs (VIDEO)". Retrieved 22 December 2012.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  10. ^ "Miranda Lambert and The Voice Contestant RaeLynn Perform New Co-Written Song "Lie" (VIDEO)". Retrieved 22 December 2012. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Addison, Daryl (March 19, 2013). "GAC Album Review: Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story…". Great American Country. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  13. ^ "Blake Shelton Album & Song Chart History". Billboard Hot 100 for Blake Shelton. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 
  14. ^ http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/the-615/1558798/raelynn-inks-deal-with-dr-luke-on-eve-of-recording-debut-album
  15. ^ https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/god-made-girls-single/id893395273
  16. ^ Matt Bjorke (January 21, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For January 21, 2015". Roughstock. 
  17. ^ "RaeLynn Album & Song Chart History - Top Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  18. ^ "RaeLynn Album & Song Chart History - Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  19. ^ Matt Bjorke (March 18, 2015). "Country Album Chart Report For March 18, 2015". Roughstock.  Sales figure given here
  20. ^ "RaeLynn Album & Song Chart History - Hot Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Billboard Country Airplay" (PDF). Billboard Country Update. Prometheus Global Media. p. 11. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  22. ^ Peak chart positions for charted songs in the United States:
  23. ^ "RaeLynn Album & Song Chart History - Canada Country". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  24. ^ "RaeLynn Album & Song Chart History - Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved April 14, 2013. 
  25. ^ "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
  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.