Country music rests deep within my heart and soul. The lyrics speak to me, and the twang of the guitars, banjos and fiddles send a jig from my highly hair-sprayed hair all the way down to the soles of my boots. Every time I get the chance to sway to the rhythm at a country concert, I do.
A few weeks ago, I bought tickets to a RaeLynn concert. RaeLynn is one of those artists who if you aren’t following, you should. Her tiny body sings notes that I could only dream of achieving in a deep shower session to my shower head. Her lyrics are relatable to those who have come from split homes, those who have significant others in the military and, of course, to all those who feel good about being a girl in Tennessee. When she sings, I can’t help but nod and hum along to the beat. I’m sure I’ve had to contain myself a time or two when listening to her while I work, too.
RaeLynn has been on the music scene since 2012 when she was one of the final contestants on the popular television show “The Voice” The singer has had several singles, but her debut album “WildHorse” made its appearance in spring 2017. It covers four years of her life from being a teenager to marrying her husband and all those crazy feelings in between. Her most popular songs are: “Lonely Call,” “Love Triangle,” “God Made Girls,” “For a Boy,” “Queens Don’t,” and my personal favorite, “WildHorse.”
I pulled up to the tiny venue in Nashville in an Uber. I had my best friend, who resides in Music City, with me. Being that we both grew up in a tiny town, when we go out we go big or we go home. However, it’s sure to be a good time no matter what situation we find ourselves in. We’ve found ourselves embedded with this crazy phenomenon that neither one of us can explain. But everywhere we go, we somehow end up on stage. This night was sure to be one for the books.
We walked up the steps to the Cannery Ballroom. The venue was intimate and the brick walls made for the perfect urban setting. The ceiling was black and the stage was lit up with blue lights. There were maybe 100 people there. My friend Eryn and I made our way right up to the stage.
We patiently waited for RaeLynn. We knew every lyric to every song, and we were ready get lost in the noise for a few hours. Her opener, Ross Ellis, sang a few songs and got the crowd pumped up. Then the lights went out. There was a red light that illuminated from behind the stage. It sent a silhouette to its audience. It was almost time.
I could see the sparkles from her outfit a mile away. The rhinestone-covered tassels swayed with her movement as she made her way up the stage stairs over to our right. We were only three to four rows back. She walked to center stage, grabbed the mic, and she began to sing her heart out.
I think there’s something so special about those artists who are just making their way into stardom. There’s so much passion behind their performance. It’s like they are still trying to win you over as a fan, despite you already being there to support them. When you add songs that they wrote to that mixture, the music just moves you in ways that is really hard to explain.
Eryn and I were in total awe. We were singing and swaying and clearly getting lost in every tune that left that stage. Despite the bright lights and overwhelming amount of pressure, I think any artist can point out when people are truly enjoying what they produce. It was then that Eryn and I got the opportunity of a lifetime.
RaeLynn pointed down to us and motioned for us to come on stage. Eryn and I looked at each other with our mouths hanging all the way to the floor. In a split second, we cut through the crowd that was already parting the way for us to make our way to the elevated stage. Security opened up the metal barriers and directed us to the same set of stairs that RaeLynn entered on earlier that night. We made it.
RaeLynn held the microphone for Eryn and I to introduce ourselves. I said my name and looked out onto the crowd. Everyone was cheering and having such a good time. RaeLynn began singing “Havana” by Camilla Cabello and we all began dancing and singing together. There was one point where I dropped it so low I had a lot of trouble getting back up. However, it didn’t matter. The crowd cheered and danced along with us. It was a high I still don’t believe I’m over.
RaeLynn took some selfies with us before we were directed back off the stage. When we walked back down the stairs, I felt like I was walking on clouds. The audience greeted us with high-fives and words of congratulations. Everyone was so supportive of what had just happened to us. They could probably sense the disbelief still written all over our faces.
We sang along to the rest of the concert still in nostalgia of our moment in the spotlight. When it was time to go home, we called our Uber, and (like every other person who gets into the back of an Uber after a night out does) we told the driver our story of how we ended up on stage with RaeLynn. Of course, I showed up to work the next day completely beaming when I told everyone about what had happened to me the night before. It was truly a night I will never forget. I still get goosebumps when I talk about it.
If you’re interested in learning more about RaeLynn, you can find her music on iTunes. To find tour dates near you, order her album or to read more about RaeLynn, visit her website at www.raelynn.com. If you want to see a video clip of her concert at the Cannery (and a snippet of me on stage) follow RaeLynn on Instagram at raelynnofficial and on Facebook at RaeLynn.
Faith Few can be reached by email at email@example.com.