Interview: Rachele Lynae Gets Candid About Sophomore Album “Every Reason”

Singer-Songwriter, Rachele Lynae is gearing up to release her sophomore album Every Reason Friday, May 22, on her wedding anniversary! She has been writing songs since the age of 12 and has worked very closely with Jamie O’Neal on her self-titled debut album. She has shared the stage with artists like Keith Urban, The Band Perry, Kelsea Ballerini, Randy Houser and more!

Ahead of the release of Every Reason, she spoke to Variety Beat about making the album, the inspiration behind some of the songs, and how she’s been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

Variety Beat: Congratulations on your new album, Every Reason, releasing May 22!  How long was this collection of songs in the making?

Rachele Lynae: Thanks so much!! I’m SO excited to finally share this music with the world. This album has been in the works for quite a while as some of these songs were written up to four years ago. Many of them were written in 2018. Recording the album was mostly finished in the Spring of 2019, with a couple of small tweaks happening after that and as recently as the start of this year.  It always surprises me how long it takes to write, record and put out an album, but it’s so worth the wait!

VB: You co-wrote all of the songs on the new project, so what back stories do you have from your favorite songs?

RL: All of these songs are my favorite! haha! I could tell you back stories about all of them. Like most of my writing, the majority of these songs are highly inspired by personal experience. Some of them start with personal experience and then they take on a life of their own. I took the title of the album from “Running Out Of Reasons,” and the song is probably the most word for word my experience of the bunch….from a story telling perspective. It’s the story of my husband and I when we were dating.

VB: Was the concept of the album mainly about your husband and marriage?

RL: It turned out that way almost by accident. I’ve always thought that albums should be a picture of where the artist is at that point in time, whether stylistically, personally or both. This album is definitely a snapshot of this season of my life. I had a vision for the feeling I wanted the music to give me and the overall sound.  Love and marriage being woven into most of the songs just came naturally.

VB: What is the message you hope fans will take away from the album?

RL: I guess if there is an overarching message it would be the beauty of love, whether that’s loving someone else or learning to love yourself. I hope that it makes people feel inspired and free. 

VB: This has been such a unique time for everyone with the COVID-19 pandemic, so how have you been promoting the album during this time of lockdown?

 RL: I always planned on releasing singles ahead of the album, and I decided to stay on schedule. People need music, especially when they are stuck in their homes for such a long time. Most of the promotion has been online through the build up of each song being released, and of course through wonderful people like y’all at Variety Beat! 😀

VB: Has the down time made it easier or more difficult to be more creative?

RL: Haha! It really depends on the day. It’s definitely been a difficult time to focus, but I’ve never played the guitar this much in my life so a lot of creativity has come out of my scatterbrained mayhem.

VB: How are you finding ways to still connect with others… and other artists?

RL: Social media has really come in for the win on this. My sister, Heather Cole, and I have been hosting virtual writer’s rounds, inviting other artists to share original music. It’s been fun!  I have honestly been more consistent on my socials than I have ever been during this time. I’m so thankful for everyone who continues to support the arts right now.

Every Reason Track Listing (with songwriter credits):
1.    Braggin’ On Ya – (Rachele Lynae/Robin Schorr)
2.    Got It Bad – (Rachele Lynae/Hannah Bethel/Jamie O’Neal)
3.    Run Away – Rachele Lynae/Brittany Ray/Heather Cole)
4.    Ground Me – (Rachele Lynae/Emily Jubb/Gina Venier)
5.    Can You – (Rachele Lynae/Caitlin Cannon)
6.    Vinyl – (Rachele Lynae/Brittany Ray)
7.    Running Out Of Reasons – (Rachele Lynae/Emily Jubb/Scott Lindsey)
8.    Cut Me Off – (Rachele Lynae/Jessica Roadcap/David Dorn)
9.    Breaking Chains – (Rachele Lynae/Jessica Roadcap/David Dorn)
10.    Enough – (Rachele Lynae/Kenny Fuller)
11.    Oh My Heart – (Rachele Lynae/Emily Jubb)
12.    Come This Far – (Rachele Lynae/Dee Briggs)

Rachele Lynae to Perform Online Concert for New Album “Every Reason” on Friday, May 22 at 7:00 pm CDT

Nashville, Tenn. (May 19, 2020) —– Singer-Songwriter Rachele Lynae, will be hosting her Album Release Party on Facebook Live in support of her new album, Every Reason.  The project releases this Friday, and the virtual party will begin at 7:00 pm CDT. Lynae will perform six songs from the album with her band. The long-awaited album, including 12 songs co-written by the artist, is a great work of art that is definitely worth the wait.

Lynae has been treating fans to five months of singles from Every Reason, with “Ground Me” being the latest. The singles have generated attention for the new album, with both “Ground Me” and “Got It Bad” being featured on Spotify-curated playlist, New Music Nashville, and “Got It Bad,” getting a strong review from Music Row Magazine’s Robert K. Oermann, “Breezy pop-country with some cool dynamics in a production that shifts from stripped down ‘open’ verses to swirly, rushing, lush choruses. Highly listenable. This troubadour has it going on in both songwriting talent and vocal finesse.”

Every Reason is one of the most personal projects that Lynae has ever done, as the songs are inspired by her own life experience. In fact, the album is being released on May 22nd in celebration of her wedding anniversary to her husband Tim. It’s clear Rachele knew the sound and message she wanted to deliver. This album is about love, being inspired and feeling free to truly love yourself and someone else.

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