And, today, she's got a lot to show for it. She just premiered the dreamy video for her debut single, "God Made Girls," and the song and the girl singin' it are creating some major buzz (you have to check the cover of Meghan Trainor's "All That Bass" she just posted).
Proving she's every bit as adorable as we imagined — and maybe even more so — RaeLynn let us grill her about everything from her favorite movie theater snack to hanging out with her mentors, Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton.
"Definitely to stay true to myself. They told me, 'You never want to be a lukewarm artist — you always want to be polarizing. You always want to be different, and don't change that about you because that's what makes you special, Rae.' And they've always told me to stick to that. And that has totally stuck with me, because I don't want to be anyone else. I want to be unique... I want to be like me."
"Oh my gosh, it's just fun and crazy. They just hang out and chill and eat lots of food and play some cards and laugh and cut up. Me and Blake like to watch random, funny YouTube videos — that's me and his little bonding thing that we do."
"I always — gosh, that's so hard — I always cry when I watch The Notebook. Isn't that sad? Every time. Every time I cry."
"Well, I was really mad that I never got to go to prom. But then I get to go to all these awards shows, and that's way cooler than prom!" she laughed. "But I did get upset that I didn't get to go to prom."
"OK, not all movie theaters have it, but my favorite movie theater snack is to eat a pickle at the movie theater. In Texas, you can get a pickle at the movie theaters, and I love eating pickles."
"My Instagram app."
"Oh my God, that's so hard! It would probably be a dramatic Coldplay song. I love Coldplay."
"I'm obsessed with Tinker Bell, but I do really love Cinderella. But I grew up liking the fairies and the mermaids. Oh, Ariel! Ariel's a fairytale princess. I think she's my favorite. Actually, Rapunzel's awesome, too. Rapunzel's my new one. But as for a classic one, definitely The Little Mermaid."
"Speaking of fairies, last year I was like, 'I want to be a fairy.' And then when I got my outfit on, I just looked too much like myself. So I went and found a beard and I was a redneck fairy."
"Katy Perry, for sure."
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