Racheal Lynn Woodward (born May 4, 1994),[3] 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

Early life

RaeLynn was born and raised in Baytown, Texas,[3][5] and at age 15 wanted a career in music. She graduated high school early, in 2010.

2012: The Voice

RaeLynn auditioned for the second season of The Voice after being encouraged by a contestant on Team Adam who wrote songs with her.[6] 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.[8] 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.[9] 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

ShowSongOriginal artistOrderResult
Blind Audition"Hell on Heels"Pistol Annies1Adam Levine and Blake Shelton turned
RaeLynn chose Blake Shelton
Battle Round"Free Fallin'" (vs. Adley Stump)Tom Petty2Saved by Blake Shelton
Live Show 1"Wake Up Call"Maroon 53Saved (public vote)
Quarterfinals (first week)"She's Country"Jason Aldean1Bottom 2 (Eliminated by Blake Shelton)

2012–present: After The Voice

As of 2012, she was signed to Republic Nashville.[10] She has written song with Natalie Hemby, Jon Randall, John Wiggins, and fellow Voice contestants Nicolle Galyon and Hailey Steele.[5][11]

She has performed a song co-written with Miranda Lambert entitled "Lie",[12] 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.[13]

She performs backing vocals for Blake Shelton's 2013 single, "Boys 'Round Here",[14] which debuted at No. 67 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, and peaked at No. 16.[15] 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.[16]

RaeLynn's debut single to country radio, "God Made Girls", was released on July 1, 2014.[17] 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.[18] "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.


Albums and EPs

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart
US Country
Me, EP749US: 13,100[22]

Single releases from The Voice

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


YearTitlePeak chart positionsCertificationsAlbum
US Country
US Country Airplay
CAN Country
2012"Boyfriend"3211892Me (EP)
2014"God Made Girls"7166142100
2015"For a Boy"3258115TBD
2016"Love Triangle"A
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
  • ATo be released August 1.[29]

Guest appearances

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
US Country
US Country Airplay[31]US
CAN CountryCAN
2013"Boys 'Round Here"
(Blake Shelton featuring Pistol Annies and Friends)
2112112Based on a True Story…
2014"Buzzin" (with Blake Shelton)44Bringing Back the Sunshine

Music videos

2014"God Made Girls"[33]TK McKamy
2015"For a Boy"[6]