This week's artist spotlight is Country music artist Raelynn, who's career not only includes making great music, but exciting business collaborations and giving back to the community. Her single "Queens Don't" is a What's In-Store Music favorite, and sends such a powerful message to both women and men. Take a listen to here.
“Queens Don’t” is such a great “girl anthem!” Have you gotten feedback from your fans on how the song resonates with them? If so, how did that make you feel?
Thank you! I’m loving all of the girl power feedback – yess, queen! It’s so important to lift one another up. And, the response from the guys is really cool – they keep telling me how it makes them think about their wives and daughters. It’s pretty powerful for me as a writer to be able to tap into a universal attitude.
You’ve had huge success in the Country music format. What do you love most about this genre?
In Country music we tell the truth. And, it’s a family vibe. Everyone wants everyone to win and we’re not all the same. It’s inspiring to work in a community where you feel supported and can grow into your craft.
Tell us about your involvement with Too Faced and how it came about. The “Life’s a Festival” line is so much fun. Did you have a hand in its development?
I met Jerrod Blandino, the owner of the company, traded numbers and became fast friends with he and his partner, Jeremy. I have loved Too Faced products since I was 11 years old. When they were dreaming up the Festival collection, they had already started creating the line and wanted a face for it. After we met in person, Jerrod asked me to be apart of it. Once we started getting into the process, I was inspired to write a dance/pop song to go with the vibe. So, I added in different product names I knew would be in the palette to help tell this festival love story. It was a dream collaboration for me and I gained lifelong friends.
For the guys out there, what are your tips on how to treat ladies like queens?
For me, the biggest way to treat a lady like a queen is to allow her to be strong. Let her voice be heard. A man doesn’t have to be the leader all the time. There is something confident and sexy about a man who wants his wife shine and woman who wants her husband to shine, too. The biggest thing in a relationship is honoring the person for who they are.
What have you got planned for the rest of 2018?
Next week, I’m hosting an iHeart event in Nashville with Habitat for Humanity and then heading off to FL to participate in the BMI Key West Songwriters Festival. After that, I’ll be gearing up for a busy CMA Music Fest week. Then, lots of summer shows – I love festival season. It’s my favorite part of the year. I love performing outside. The energy and the vibe really make every night unique. And, we’ve got some really exciting things coming your way in the fall so stay tuned.
Finally, a shameless plug: What would you like our readers to know about you?
All of the music I put out, is a little piece of my heart. As a writer, it’s therapeutic for me and it’s how I grow. My hope is that by sharing my stories, it helps my fans grow or overcome something in their lives. And, I hope I can make everyone have fun and dance, too!