"But for Rae this year is all about the comeback. “I had to dust myself off, pick myself up and channel all of the hardship into my music,” she said."
Rae Solomon is a Nashville recording artist, published songwriter, and performer. Originally from Seattle, Washington, she got her start in music by interning for the country radio station KMPS, while earning a Masters Degree in Music Business from the prestigious Berklee College of Music. Initially, Solomon managed and promoted herself while touring the West Coast, opening for artists like Blake Shelton, Granger Smith, Dan + Shay, and more, before moving to Nashville in 2013.
People often ask how country music could possibly come out of Seattle. But Solomon comes by it honestly, having grown up on a farm about 45 minutes outside of the city. The former rodeo queen is known for her high energy stage presence, her sweet heart and her ability to connect with her audience.
Shortly after arriving in "Music City" Rae had her first taste of success when she signed her a record deal, quickly followed by the signing of a publishing deal for her songwriting. But it didn’t take long before she found that the neon dream doesn’t always shine so bright; when she exited her label deal less than 6 months later.
With long-time friend David Huff at the production helm, she went back into the studio to record a 5 song EP. Solomon released the first single from the project, “Love Is Stupid,” a mid-tempo tongue and cheek ballad about having your heartbroken but still believing in love; which can be found on iTunes, Amazon and streaming services like Spotify and iHeart.
“I'm not afraid to let my music speak to deeper emotions anymore or to just allow my music to be fun. The songs I wrote for this project came out of a year filled with heartbreak. A lost record deal, a messy break-up and being left homeless (by no fault of your own) gives you a lot of things to write about. But I've come back with life even brighter than what I had before. I think that's the beauty of it. I had to give myself permission to be vulnerable, but more importantly, I had to give myself permission to let my voice be what it is, mine,” said Solomon.
The right time for the release of “Love Is Stupid” came on the heels of Rae announcing the launch of an all-female music festival she co-founded called Zenitheve, set to tour the country in 2019/2020.
“I realized that the vast majority of the fans who love country music are unaware of the depth of discrimination we face as women in country music. For those in the industry, it’s openly talked about and accepted as ‘the way things are.’ But I didn’t want to accept that my music and the music of the talented women I know was nothing more than a novelty. I wanted to do something positive to change it! To educate the public and the industry. That's when Zenitheve was born,” she said.
The release of her latest single “Layover,” the upcoming release of her EP and a national tour will make for an exciting year for Rae Solomon and her music. All this making for a comeback story that you don’t want to miss!