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EXCLUSIVE: RaeLynn Opens Up About Debut Album 'WildHorse' at 2017 ACMs: 'It Means So Much to Me'

by Zach Seemayer 6:09 PM PDT, April 02, 2017
Playing EXCLUSIVE: RaeLynn Opens Up About Debut Album 'WildHorse' at 2017 ACMs: 'It Means So Much to Me'

Country newcomer RaeLynn recently released her debut album to rave reviews, and the former Voice contestant is basking in the exciting glory.

The 22-year-old country crooner stunned in a form-fitting, semi-sheer, lacy black gown while walking the carpet at the 52nd Academy Of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday.

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To celebrate the occasion, the young songstress brought along a very special date: Her dad, Barry Woodward.

"We had a daddy daughter weekend and we have had so much fun," RaeLynn told ET's Sophie Schillaci before the show. "You know, it's these things we get to experience all the time but it's so much fun to bring family, because my dad's never experienced anything like this and I'm really excited to bring him into my world."

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RaeLynn -- who first gained fame as a contestant on the second season of The Voice in 2012 where she competed on Team Blake -- just released her debut album, WildHorse, which she spent many years perfecting.

"I have been working on this record for five years and it means so much to me," she shared. "It shows every place that I have been in the last few years, you know the heartbreaks, the falling in love every part of it and it just really cool to see it all come together."

And to commemorate the successful launch of her first album, RaeLynn celebrated in the most delicious way possible: "I had a big ole steak and a margarita."

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Coming into the ACM Awards, some country fans have been calling for a boycott in protest of Blake Shelton not getting nominated for his new album, If I'm Honest. However, RaeLynn said she hadn't heard that news.

"Nobody has told me that. I'm here, so I guess I can't boycott it," she joked.

However, after working closely with Shelton during her time on The Voice, and subsequently touring with him as well, RaeLynn said she has an idea of what he might be up to instead of attending the prestigious ceremony.

"He is probably in Oklahoma farming," she suggested, "and hanging out with his dogs."

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RaeLynn's debut album, WildHorse, is available online and in stores now.

Recently, the singer sat down with ET to dish on her exciting, burgeoning career, and she opened up on becoming one of the first Voice contestants to become a true music icon.

"This is my thing," she explained. "No singing reality show is gonna make you a superstar. What makes you a superstar is what you do after that." Check out the video below to hear more.

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