America first got to know RaeLynn as the bubbly, young blond girl from Texas on “The Voice” a few years back, but there was a lot of pain behind that sparkling smile.
RaeLynn still instantly lights up any room she walks into, but her brand-new single, “Love Triangle,” gives fans a look at the pain she’s been through as a child of divorce. Though RaeLynn’s parents split up when she was 3 years old, she describes herself as “that kid stuck in the middle” from that point on.
RaeLynn tells Rare Country, “I remember at 6 years old, when I was with my dad, I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I better not talk about mom, ’cause I know he gets a little tense when I do.’ Same, vice versa with my mom. I’ve always had to kind of deal with that pressure, but not really deal with it. It was always just kind of a conscious thing of knowing, when I’m around dad, it’s all about dad. When I’m around mom, it’s all about mom and our time together.”
The tension between her parents persisted through RaeLynn’s time on “The Voice” and after her move to Nashville to launch her country career.
“I always felt like I was relaying information. Mom would be like, ‘So, how’s your dad?’ And same with dad about mom. As I got older, it really didn’t change.”
One day, when she was 18, RaeLynn went to a songwriting session feeling really blue about a fight her parents were having at the time. That’s when she wrote “Love Triangle.”
A lot has changed for RaeLynn since she wrote the song. She’s now 22 years old and happily married to her longtime love, Josh Davis. All that experience has given RaeLynn a new perspective on the message in “Love Triangle.”
“When I hear this song, I think about how much I had to grow up as a 6 and 7-year-old,” RaeLynn explains. “I should have been worrying about Barbies, not what my parents thought about each other. But you don’t think about those things in the moment, until you get out of it. Until you really see it through a different lens.”
Now that “Love Triangle” is out in the world, RaeLynn can’t wait to see how the lyrics impact other people struggling with the aftermath of divorce.
She says, “I believe it’s a song of healing. I know it’s healed my heart in so many ways. It’s made my parents treat each other different in so many ways. I know just the little impact it’s had on my family, it’s going to have a big impact on other families that hear it.”
“Love Triangle” is now available through all digital retailers. Check it out here.