Bailey Rae is a rising singer/songwriter with roots planted deep in country music. Growing up in a musical family, she started her collection of classic country vinyl at an early age and was gifted many country albums belonging to her great-great grandmother. Listening to those legendary voices like Dolly Parton, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris and Don Williams, Bailey Rae quickly discovered a love for classic country music which continues to be a big influence in her voice and musical style today.
Since the age of thirteen, Bailey Rae has been performing regularly on stages from Texas, Oklahoma to Arkansas and from Branson, Nashville and Pigeon Forge. In 2020, she had the opportunity to share her pure country voice with millions of fans on the biggest stage of her life – NBC’s The Voice, where she had the honor of becoming the first true country artist to ever be on Team Legend. Bailey Rae’s Blind Audition was a very memorable moment with both Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson making promises to steal her if she became available on the show. She quickly caught the attention of country music fans from across the nation and finished The Voice Season 19 as a Top 9 Semi-Finalist out of 40,000 auditions for the season.
One could say that Bailey Rae has always been drawn to the big stage, as she discovered her love for performing at just five-years-old when joining a competitive clogging team. Over the years, she won multiple National Championships and competed at a World Dance Championship competition. Bailey Rae had been singing in church for years and after hearing of a vocal coach in Denison, Texas, she began performing with the Shawnda Rains Entertainment Group. While on her first performance trip in Branson, Missouri, Bailey Rae realized her desire to sing on stage and immediately hung up her clogging shoes to start the pursuit of a career in country music.
This small-town Oklahoma girl calls Texas her second home and was named the 2020-2021 Ambassador for the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Bailey Rae has opened for country music greats such as TG Sheppard, Whispering Bill Anderson, Jeannie C Riley, Linda Davis, The Scott Family, Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers, Doug Stone and Texas Country Artists, Flatland Calvary, and Jake Worthington. In October 2021, Bailey Rae was invited by her Voice Coach, John Legend, to share the stage with him at the BOK Center in Tulsa, OK to sing a duet. It was an amazing opportunity and something she will never forget. Bailey Rae has also headlined many shows, festivals and events and tours regularly with her band.
Releasing her first country music single at age seventeen, “Never Been This Lonely”, is very special to her as it was written by one of her mentors, Charlie Shearer. Her debut single was well-received on the Texas Country Music Chart and the Texas Country Music Association named Charlie Shearer a nominee for 2020 Songwriter of the Year for the single. Bailey Rae has since released several singles to country radio and on all streaming platforms, along with writing and co-writing others yet to be released. Her latest single, “Gypsy Cowboy” has seen success on number Texas country music charts.
Bailey Rae is an award-winning artist, a 2020 nominee and 2021 winner of the Texas Country Music Awards “Young Artist of the Year”, 2021 Texas Country Showdown winner and a Josie Music Awards 2020 “Young Adult Vocalist of the Year” Nominee. Other awards and noteworthy accomplishments include: 2019 winner of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Showcase, 2019 Final Round – Top 8 Finalist for the Wrangler NFR National Anthem Contest, 2019 Freedom Fest Idol Winner, 2019 Oklahoma Cattleman’s Association National Anthem Contest Winner, 2018 Traditional Country Horizon Award Winner for the North American Country Music Association International and 2018 Dogwood Jamboree Talent Search Winner. She has also garnered multiple awards with the Country Music Singers Association of Oklahoma. Bailey Rae is a member of the Country Music Singers Association of Oklahoma and the Texas Country Music Association.
Along with pursuing a music career of her own, Bailey Rae shares her love for music with students of Shawnda Rains Studios in Denison, TX where she is guitar, ukulele and vocal coach for beginner students. She is a veteran performer and mentor for StageStruck Performance Troupe. Currently, Bailey Rae is also studying for a degree in Commercial Music.
When she has time, Bailey Rae still enjoys sitting back and listening to those classic country albums, especially those that had belonged to her great-great grandmother. Even though she and her great-great grandmother never met, Bailey Rae feels connected to her through country music. And that’s the same connection she hopes to pass on to her audience each time she performs on stage.