Giving a voice to women in country music is something we take immense pride in, so shining our light on Rachele Lynae this week for our Swag Spotlight was just as exciting. We got the inside scoop about Lynae’s upcoming record, how she came to find success in the industry, and of course, how she feels about the importance of female artists in the genre.
Spending her childhood in Kodiak Alaska, Lynae remembers music being a staple in her household. Although one might assume that country music is not big in her home state, the singer-songwriter shares with us that she grew up on two types of music, with of course country being one of the two.
“I was told I started singing before I was really talking,” she tells us. “My dad played guitar and sings and he hasn’t really done it professionally, but I grew up with that constant influence, and he would just play a lot of country music. I grew up on two types of music, country and gospel. It’s always been a part of my roots.”
Although she did not grow up in the hub of country music per-say, Lynae cannot recall a time, where she didn’t want to sing for a living. After hearing about Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, the songstress knew that was where she belonged, and after graduating high school, she followed her path to Music City. “The idea of getting to go to school and studying music and not having to take a break from [my] career, and to go to school and further my career was really what brought me down here,” she explains.
Lynae grew up on 90s country, where female musicians ruled the airwaves. She has been inspired by mega-successful singers like Faith Hill, Martina McBride, Shania Twain, and of course, Reba. These talented superstars not only helped her to fall in love with the genre but also influenced how she creates her own sound and style in her music.
According to Lynae, “When you listen to [her] music you can hear the country roots, but you also hear a pop influence in it,” adding, “I think that a lot to those women, definitely Faith Hill and Shania have the same type of marriage of the genres.”
For Lynae, it took her six years after her self-titled release to finally nail down her artistry and perfectly blend her country and pop sound together. In May, the songstress will release her sophomore studio album entitled Every Reason. “It really will cover the spectrum of different places in relationships, but this album as a whole,” she tells us, “Is full of every reason that I love my husband, as well as, every reason I love making music.”
The singer-songwriter co-wrote all twelve of the tracks and will continue to release a song each month off the record, until its release date. Currently, Lynae has released two sassy tunes, “Braggin On Ya” and “Can You.” The former depicts her love for her husband, while the latter is basically a ‘you wish’ anthem to an ex, who realizes too little too late that they want you back.
Although topically the record is diverse, it is connected by authenticity. “This album is more just straight up me,” she declares, “I let myself really enjoy it and not worry about fitting into a box and made the music that was true to me and that I enjoy and I’m really excited to share it.” We cannot wait to see how the singer-songwriter continues to blossom this year.
“Braggin On Ya” and “Can You” are now available everywhere you buy or stream music. Take a listen below and check out more new recently released music here on our ‘New Country Music’ playlist. Be sure to give the playlist a follow for your weekly new country music fix.
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