EXCLUSIVE: RaeLynn Spills ‘Lonely Call’ Secrets — See Her ‘Empowering’ and ‘Relatable’ New Music Video
RaeLynn is happily re-living her lonely days.
The country singer and Voice alum released her brand new music video for her new single, “Lonely Call,” on Friday, and only ET got the story behind the project straight from Rae herself.
“What I loved about this treatment was that it was so relatable,” RaeLynn said. “I also loved getting to play the empowering best friend because it’s an important relationship in every girl’s life.”
In the Chris Hicky-directed video, RaeLynn helps a pal (played by Abby Cook) through a split while dodging phone calls from a persistent ex (Brian Vance). In real life, the song was inspired by a brief breakup between RaeLynn and her now-husband, Josh Davis.
“We dated for eight months and broke up … the song is verbatim how I felt,” RaeLynn recalled. “I remember him calling me one night and he wasn’t being mean or anything like that — when you’re together and you’re so in love, you want to call the person even if you’re not together. I was like, ‘I’m not your lonely call! I’m a Texas girl! I’m gonna be this and this and this.’ I wrote the song and everytime [Josh] hears it he just laughs. He goes, ‘I always regretted breaking up with you, but listen, you wouldn’t have gotten any of these songs if I didn’t do it.’ I was like, ‘Whatever!'”
“It’s really funny to go back and sing it,” she added. “I’m like, ‘Man! I was so angry.'”
In addition to the lead characters, supporting roles are played by RaeLynn’s real-life gal pals, including sister-in-law Heather Davis, The Goldbergs star Hayley Orrantia and Nashville newcomer Lindsay James “LJ” Hague, in an epic dance party.
“[We] were jamming to The Weeknd,” RaeLynn said of the shoot. “That was the most fun scene to shoot of the entire day.”
“Lonely Call” follows “Love Triangle” as the second radio single off RaeLynn’s debut album, Wildhorse, after fans responded overwhelmingly to the track.
“It just kinda really took a life of it’s own,” RaeLynn admitted, though her longtime mentor, Blake Shelton, was not at all surprised by the response.
“I played him this song a long time ago, when I was like, 19,” Rae said. “He’s always fought for this song. So when he found out that it was going on the record, he was like, ‘This needs to be your next single. I don’t know why you’re thinking of any other song.’ That’s when we were like, ‘This is definitely the right thing.'”
Today, RaeLynn uses her relationship not only for musical inspiration — but as a sounding board for her friends looking for dating advice.
“The best part about being with someone like my husband Josh is the fact that he is a prime example for not settling,” she said. “Josh and I always enjoy giving our friends relationship advice and helping them decide when someone isn’t worth that late night call.”
As for what her husband thinks of the video…
“He said I looked hot, so that’s a win!” RaeLynn joked. “Josh is the best and just happy that he could inspire a great song. He always loves that his sister was in the video!”
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