Acclaimed singer-songwriter Erin Rae paved her own way into the music scene with years of work and determination. After completing just one semester of college, Rae realized she needed to chase her dreams. She dropped out and threw herself into playing open mics and honing her craft in Nashville among fellow musicians and writers.
She took a risk, and it paid off. In 2015, Rae hit the ground running with the release of her debut album, Soon Enough, recorded under her then-stage name, Erin Rae & The Meanwhiles. Three years later, she shifted her sound and laid her truth bare with her sophomore record Putting on Airs, which brought a raw, modern take on traditional Americana that solidified her prominence in the music scene.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and touring was put on hold, Rae hunkered down to make new music. This time, she embraced an assortment of psych-folk and cosmic country influences. The result was Lighten Up, her latest album that leans much closer to Laurel Canyon than Music Row.
No matter what cross-genre influences Rae experiments with, she retains a gentle enchantment that endears listeners to her and keeps us wondering what she’ll do next.
Take a look at 10 essential songs from Erin Rae’s already impressive songbook.