Blake Shelton isn’t playing the Lynchburg Music Festival – at least not this year – but two young women from “Team Blake” are.
Cassadee Pope was the first female winner of “The Voice” in 2012, aided by Shelton’s guidance.
RaeLynn, in the other “Voice” competition in 2012, made it past the quarterfinals before being eliminated.
The two artists will grace the Lynchburg Music Fest stage Aug. 23-24.
With the Blake Shelton stamp of approval, what’s not to like? And they’ve each gone on to chart No. 1 country albums, so they’re making good the promise they showed then.
The Florida native who will turn 30 just days after her appearance in Lynchburg, broke through with “The Voice” win, fueling her 2013 debut album “Frame By Frame” to No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart and No. 9 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
The first single, “Wasting All These Tears,” made it to No. 5 on the country charts and No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 as it found strong appeal with all audiences.
In 2016, her duet with Chris Young, “Think of You,” hit No. 1 on the U.S. Country Airplay chart and No. 2 on Billboard’s Country chart and took a Grammy nomination.
She won the Top Indie Artist of 2018 from the Taste of Country Fan Choice Awards. She also has been nominated for awards by CMT and People’s Choice.
Pope has just released a new album, “Stages,” which has hit No. 39 on the Country chart and No. 7 on the U.S. Indie chart and features the single, “If My Heart Had a Heart.”
She will take the stage on Friday night.
RaeLynn – her full name is Rachael Lynn Woodward, but she’s actually been called “RaeLynn” from her childhood – broke out with her 2014 debut country single, “God Made Girls,” which hit No. 7 on the Country charts.
The 25-year-old Texas native’s 2017 debut album “WildHorse” debuted at No. 1 on the country album charts and cracked the all-genre chart Top 10 after debuting at No. 20. She wrote or co-wrote 11 of the album’s 12 songs.
She sang “Tailgate” a made-for-football season song at a Tennessee Titans game and recently released “Rowdy,” which is called a “party-starter.” Rolling Stone called it “a celebration of letting one’s wild side come out, whether it’s a touch of road rage or living it up with friends, complete with shouts out to good-natured misbehaving of Bo, Luke and Daisy Duke.”
Her anthem “Queens Don’t,” released in 2018, has earned over 20 million on-demand streams without radio airplay, adding to her cumulative career streaming total which tallies more than 300 million to date.
RaeLynn has Type 1 diabetes and she does much work to raise funds and awareness for the disease, which she was diagnosed with at age 12.
Texas Children’s Hospital, whom she credits with saving her life when she was diagnosed, benefits from the RaeLynn Diabetes Fund, created to offer support for those facing diabetes. She is also involved with Novo Nordisk as a spokesperson for their Patient Ambassador Education Program.
She’s not the only musician in the family. Cousin Leeland Mooring is the force behind the Christian band Leeland, which has been nominated for multiple Grammys and Dove Awards.
She will take the stage on Saturday night.
The two-day multistage event, with 40 bands now lined up, will be hosted in downtown Lynchburg and Wiseman Park Aug. 23-24.
The festival will run from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. There will be music on the stage in the Historic Square with some of the newer artists, for free.
Friday’s lineup will be headlined by Easton Corbin. Others on the Friday main stage are Joe Diffie, Cassadee Pope, Craig Campbell, Keith Anderson, Taylor Phillips, Zach Donegan, Logan Wheat, Vending Machine Bandits and Macy Tabor. One more act for that night is still expected to be added.
Saturday’s lineup will be headlined by Jamey Johnson. Others on the main stage Saturday are Montgomery Gentry, RaeLynn, Sam Bush, David Lee Murphy, Lee Gibson, Michael Allen, Matt Dillon and Becky Buller Band.
Sponsors for the event include Lynchburg Winery, Flex Up Fitness, American Craft Distillers, CrossFit 931, Lynchburg Cigar Co., Adventurous Soul Travel Agency, Barrel House BBQ, Henry & McCord Law Offices and Miltec Rapid Manufacturing Systems.
A general admission two-day ticket is $120. There are discounts for military and first responders. Two-day VIP tickets and single-day tickets are also available now online and at the Lynchburg Winery. Visit lynchburgmusicfest.com for more information and to buy tickets.