After years of critical success for her debut album, Putting On Airs (2018), and its successor, Lighten Up (2022), Nashville-native Erin Rae is still riding the high off of her very first live album, Lighten Up & Try (Live & From The Heart), which dropped in August.
Rae’s indie folk-centric sound is equal parts unique and familiar, grounded in her influences, collaborations, and a genuine love for artistic creation.
Her rise is far beyond just the Nashville scene, as she’s shared the stage with heavy hitters like Father John Misty, Hiss Golden Messenger, Jenny Lewis, and Jason Isbell among others, and her work has earned praise from lesser publications ( 😉 ) like Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NPR, and more.
Her silky smooth vocals make even the simplest of lyrics sound elegant, graceful, and moving, and the music itself is ripe with energy and emotion. “I hope this record encourages people to be a little softer towards themselves,” Rae has shared. “If [Lighten Up] gives people listening the space to feel more tender towards themselves and move in the world from that place, that would be the dream for me.”
Recently, Rae has been busier than ever; the release of her 16-track live album this summer has kept her plenty busy, but she also just embarked on her first U.S. headline tour, and was featured on two tracks off Tyler Childers’ brand new album, Rustin’ In The Rain.