The number one country album in America is officially RAELYNN‘s critically-acclaimed debut WILDHORSE, which arrived at #1 on Billboard’s Country Albums Chart and Top 10 on Billboard’s All-Genre Albums Sales Chart. RaeLynn joins an elite few female country artists whose debut album bowed at #1, and is the highest charting/bestselling female country album release since Maren Morris. This comes after “the country Katy Perry” (Newsday) made spectacular peaks at #1 on the iTunes Country Albums chart and #3 All Genre Albums chart upon release.
“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me,” she said backstage after her ACM Party for a Cause performance Sunday evening. “Having a single that’s in the Top 30 and a #1 debut record is a dream come true. I feel overwhelmingly grateful and honored to be included in the company of the handful of other women who have debuted at #1 with their first record. The fans who I’ve met over the past five years really showed up for this record. So I share this #1 with all of them and my team and country radio. It’s for all of us. Real music that connects is always gonna win!”
People Magazine included WILDHORSE in their recent People Picks feature, declaring her a “Nashville spitfire” who “sings in a gravelly but tender drawl about…how she can’t be tamed” with Rolling Stone also pointing out her “instantly recognizable voice that slides smoothly into a song’s emotional contours-traits she exploits to the fullest on her superb debut…” Paste Magazine makes the impressive observation that “one of RaeLynn’s strongest talents…is an instinctual love of language. She plays with it in the manner of Loretta Lynn, delighting in rhyme schemes and meter…the album is rife with sharp specifics or perfect turns of phrase that she craftily tosses out.”
Entertainment Tonight praised the songwriter as being “gifted at injecting her larger-than-life personality into any scenario,” while Houston Chronicle lauded her debut as “terrific,” offering “a deft balance of personality and artistry.”
In the spirit of always paying it forward, RaeLynn made an appearance on her album release day at Texas Children’s Hospital, making the first donation from THE RAELYNN DIABETES FUND. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 12, the rising star credits Texas Children’s Hospital with saving her life. She was also honored by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, who proclaimed March 24, 2017, as “RAELYNN DAY.”
RaeLynn also celebrated release day performing the powerful first single from the album “Love Triangle” on ELLEN – a heart-wrenching divorce ballad told from the point of view of a little girl.
Praised by NPR for its “finely drawn images and subtle shifts in perspective,” “Love Triangle” is currently Top 30 and rising at Country radio and gathering millions of online streams, the first taste of an album, which bucks convention at every turn to reveal an artist with an untamed soul.
Produced by Jimmy Robbins and Nicolle Galyon, WILDHORSE (Warner Bros. Records/Warner Music Nashville) tells the story of RaeLynn’s life following her breakthrough on The Voice – four years that have seen her move to Nashville, release hit songs like “God Made Girls,” and get married. Full of personal touches, RaeLynn co-wrote 11 of the album’s 12 songs, even basing the anthemic “WildHorse” title track on a touching, cross-generational poem written about RaeLynn’s mother by her grandmother.
Following WILDHORSE’s release, RaeLynn will begin her first-ever headlining tour. Kicking off on April 20 in Columbus, Ohio, the RaVe TOUR will give country fans a concert experience like they’ve never had before, combining a Radio Disney curated playlist, full performance from RaeLynn and a glitter-filled dance party with a live DJ after the show. The complete list of RaVe TOUR dates and information on ticket sales can be found at www.raelynn.com.