On Friday, March 24, RaeLynn will release her debut album, WildHorse, a 12-song offering featuring 11-songs the 22-year-old co-wrote.
To gear up for her wild release, RaeLynn stopped by the Grand Ole Opry on Feb. 21 and performed a trio of songs from her new album, including “Diamonds,” “Insecure” and the lead single, “Love Triangle,” which is currently No. 29 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. But her onstage performance was just part of the fun.
Backstage in the Opry Lounge before she stepped foot on the famed Opry circle, RaeLynn unleashed an acoustic version of her album’s title track, “WildHorse,” a personal song that was inspired by a poem her grandmother penned about her mom.
“My Memaw, my mother’s mom, wrote a poem about my mom and it was titled ‘WildHorse,’” says RaeLynn to Nash Country Daily. “It was talking about how she was the good kind of crazy, and there were no fences around her, she was just kind of the girl that kind of did whatever she wanted, but not in a bad way. It’s just like she was her wild horse. My mom found this poem and began to cry. My Memaw and my Pepaw were like the biggest fans of country music. They are smiling down from heaven like no other with me. I mean, honestly, like every time I do anything—my Opry debut dress went into the Hall of Fame, like any of these things that have happened in my life—my mom always says, ‘I wish your grandparents could be here because they’d be so excited.’ I named the song and record after my Memaw.”
Watch RaeLynn perform “WildHorse” in the Opry’s Live From the Lounge video.