'The Voice' RaeLynn: 'Miranda Lambert audition song just felt right'
Published Feb 9 2012, 21:00 GMT | By Lara Martin The Voice
has said that she was confident Blake Shelton would appreciate her rendition of his wife Miranda Lambert's track 'Hell On Heels'.
The risky move paid off when the 17-year-old from Texas won Shelton's support on the post-Super Bowl episode of The Voice
on February 5, and subsequently became a member of Team Blake for season two.
"I've been a really big fan of Miranda Lambert since I started listening to her at 11 years old," she told Digital Spy
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"I felt like it was right [to sing that song] because she has inspired me so much and I knew I'd changed the song up to make it more my own and our voices were so different I didn't have a worry... I just felt [Blake] would turn around for me and if he hadn't, then I would have been excited to go with anyone else."
She added: "I really wasn't that worried about it. I was confident because I love that song and I love her."
RaeLynn also joked during a conference call with reporters this week that it would come as no surprise to viewers to learn that Lambert is her dream duet partner.
"It would be a dream for me, or [singing with] Dolly Parton or Loretta Lynn. That would be a lesson in country music and just amazing to me. I grew up on that kind of music so to sing with people like that, I'd be ecstatic."
During the call the teenager also discussed her early graduation from high school, revealing that she worked hard at summer school in order to pursue her music dreams.
"When I was 15 years old I told my mum I wanted to start singing and acting," she recalled. "I went to summer school in my freshman year and junior year and graduated two years early. > The Voice's RaeLynn was "little nervous" at singing Miranda Lambert song
"It was pretty cool to be called a genus and stuff like that - but I'm not! I just really wanted to graduate early and worked hard to do that. It's awesome because now I can pursue my dreams at a really young age and go for what I want to do."
As for whether college is in her future, she said: "I told my mum to give me a couple of years to see if I can break into music and if I don't then I'll go to college, and she said that was fine.
"I was telling [fellow contestant] Juliet [Simms] about that and she was like, 'With a voice like yours you need to pursue your dream until your dream comes true'. I've been so inspired by Juliet after hearing her story of being on the road for ten years."
"I realised that if this is really my dream I'm not going to give up on it if it takes two years or ten years," she added. "I'm going for it!" The Voice airs Mondays at 8/7c on NBC
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