Grit and grace are just some of the attributes gifted singer‐songwriter Rachele Lynae possesses. The pretty provocateur, who was raised in the wild of Kodiak, Alaska, is making her mark in Nashville.
Lynae, who is adept at combining deep, vivid, moving country storytelling with the edge of guitar‐driven rock and the big hooks of pop, is reminiscent of Shania Twain, who was the queen of country‐pop during the ‘90s. “That’s fitting since Shania is a big influence,” Lynae says. “I loved her music when I was growing up and now I think about why we loved her records so much. She and Mutt Lange made big sounding albums with memorable melodies, that stick in your head.”
Lynae is doing the same with her two latest cuts, “Whole Lotta Nothin'” and “Quicksand.” The former is a clever, playful and catchy tune, which is the antidote to the unrelenting pace, which is the norm in our society. Singer‐songwriter Hannah Bethel hit Lynae and David Myhre (fellow co‐writer) with a melody idea and the songsmiths were off and running.
“Hannah came up with something that was so cool melodically,” Lynae said. “And then we started talking about how busy we are and how it’s just non‐stop. I said, ‘wouldn’t it be great to take a vacation and just hang out’ and that set the mood of the song. What it comes down to is that if you can’t take a vacation, then take a three‐minute hiatus from your to‐do list with this song.”
And then there is the gritty and powerful “Quicksand.” “(Songwriter and member of Emerson Drive) Danick (Dupelle) came in and played a little groove on his guitar and I said, ‘that sounds like quicksand.’ So along with (songwriter) Patricia (Conroy), we talked about what it would be like if Adele wrote a country song. We played with some oohs and then focused in on a relationship in which you’re stuck and sinking in quicksand.”
However, Lynae’s career is in anything but quicksand. The engaging recording artist is morphing at warped speed as a well‐rounded force after recording her eponymous self‐titled debut which dropped in April of 2014 “I’m evolving,” Lynae says. “I’m thinking bigger picture. For me I’m not just concentrating on the songs. I’m thinking about everything. I’m involved with the production. I’ve been co‐producing with Jamie (O’neal) and I’m focusing on all things sonically. When I’m writing I’m thinking about everything from the background vocals to special effects to how the song will be arranged. I think about the solo parts on a track. I’m learning how to be a well‐rounded musician. What I want to make is ear candy without it sounding too busy kind of like how Shania and Mutt Lange did it.”
Lynae can’t help but hark back to when Shania ruled the pop and country chart. Lynae waxes about an era when love songs were in vogue, which is a stark contrast in this era, which toasts conspicuous consumption and frivolity. “I think we’re starting to miss the ‘90s and early 2000’s,” Lynae said. “That was when country music had so many stories that touched on deeper parts of life. However, the recent trend is party songs, which have their place. But there’s something about love songs. That’s what I love to write most. Love is something everyone can relate to. If you’ve never been in love, you yearn for it. If you found love, it’s the most amazing thing that has surpassed anything you’ve ever experienced. Or you could have had love and been crushed beyond your wildest imagination. I think it’s time for love songs to return and for ladies to be on top again.”
Lynae will be blazing the way with her big black boots and empowering songs. Like her music, Lynae’s fashion is a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll. “The way a performer dresses is another form of expression,” Lynae said. “I have that rocker thing going on but I still incorporate the country. I might wear my boots and then have some fringe to blend country and rock, like my sound.”
Unlike many 20‐somethings, Lynae understands the art of live performance and delivers onstage like a grizzled veteran. Lynae engages the audience and is often at her best when living in the moment. “The more you prepare for a show, the more spontaneous you can be when you perform,” the sage Lynae said. “When you have it all down, you can step outside the box. During a recent show in Seattle a microphone literally fell apart. Instead of losing it up there, I just poked fun at the situation. Everyone laughed. I dealt with what happened and the audience left with a memorable concert moment.”
Lynae, who has the composure of a Taylor Swift and the charm of the aforementioned Twain, naturally connects with her fans. “I just love to talk with those who come out to see me,” Lynae said. “It’s just me being me up there. I think if I’m having fun, it gives the audience permission to have fun. The fun is infectious. For me, it’s about getting real and personal. That way every show is different. I don’t follow the same exact formula every time I get onstage. So, I just embrace the imperfections, love to joke around and do what I can to connect with everyone that comes through the door.”
The fashionable Lynae is light years from the girl who grew up in Alaska. “There’s no doubt about that,” Lynae said. “I didn’t know what a name brand was. I didn’t get the concept of it. I was wearing sweat pants back then but Alaska helped shape who I am. It’s an incredibly creative, independent and wild state. Coming from there has had an impact on my music. I’m all about taking chances and making the best music that I can. I’m not the same person I was when I was growing up in Alaska or even when I made my first album. I’m growing and evolving and so is my music.”