Rae Radick – Who You’re Meant to Be | A pick-me-up for the self
Who You’re Meant to Be is the latest track from Rae Radick, an NYC-based musician. The song is a reminder to the lost souls to take a breather and be their authentic selves despite the struggles.
A self-described love child of Shania Twain and Miranda Lambert with a dash of New York City, Rae Radick stands for the contemporary wave of femininity. She is fierce yet vulnerable, and classy yet sexy. She knows she isn’t one or the other, but a unique collage of everything that is her personality. This makes her the modern-day Carrie Underwood that I was craving for, inspiring authenticity, and free-thinking.
The song is almost acoustic sounding at the start, but you can hear a faint electric guitar which eventually metamorphosis into an inspiring riff. Combined with the high notes of Rae Radick’s bold voice, it gives the song that unafraid element. A slow beat combined with these pop-rock elements, Who You’re Meant to Be is prompt to celebrate yourself.
Rae often sings about growth, nostalgia, and freedom. Freedom is what pervades all of your senses with this song. It is lyrically and sonically freeing; experientially it is akin to entering a small tunnel that barely fits, and then making your way to a clifftop that overlooks all of the world.
In conversation with Rae Raddick
Ques. You’ve clearly stated your influences, from Shania Twain to Kacey Musgraves. What are the qualities that you think attract you to these artists?
“Most of the artists I like and admire have common attributes: they refuse to be put in a box, play by the rules, and live their truth. I love how Shania Twain broke country music barriers and was one of the first country/pop artists; Kacey Musgraves is not one to shy away from being herself and is outspoken on the unfair politics of the music business. Other female artists I admire are Dolly Parton, Cher, Stevie Nicks, Madonna, and Lady Gaga. Most importantly, these women represent feminism and independence.”
About Who You’re Meant To Be
Ques. What does this song mean to you? What is your message to the listeners? It is only fair if you talk about it!
“This song is one of my favorite songs because it’s about embracing all of you: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s about being in a dark place and finding the inner strength to pick yourself up and be your own best friend. One of the toughest lessons I ever had to learn is looking at my dark sides, and learning to love them. Anyone who knows me knows I am hard on myself, and expect perfection in every way. Getting out of that critical mindset was a challenge for me, and I want others to learn from my experience. I want my listeners to hear this song and feel that they are worthy, perfect, unique, and everything is going to be okay.”
The NYC experience
Ques. How has the experience of being in NYC impacted your musical sensibilities? What are the changes you’ve observed in yourself over these last eight years?
“Living in NYC has definitely impacted my music in every way- lyrically, musically, and artistically. As I look back on the music I wrote 8 years ago compared to the music I write now, I notice maturity and specificity. I am more experienced in life, so my topics are deeper. My phrasing has improved, and I’m picky when it comes to chord changes and music structure. I approach a song in a different way now, it’s both a spiritual and analytical process.”
Following the dream
Ques. How did you know music was your calling, and then how did you go about following it?
“Music has been with me since I was a child. My parents noticed when I was three years old that I had a passion for music. I would always write silly songs around the house and dance in the living room. They enrolled me in dance classes, and when I was twelve years old I began voice and guitar lessons. When I moved to NYC that’s when I started taking music seriously and working on perfecting my craft. Needless to say, New York is full of professional musicians and artists, and I was able to learn from them.”
What comes now
Ques. What’s next for you? What should listeners expect next, and when?
“I just released my EP Monday, September 27th! I’m very excited to share this with everyone. Next up is going to be performing across the United States in festivals and hopefully a tour. As of now, I’m a bit hesitant with the Delta variant affecting shows. If performances need to take a hiatus, then I will focus on writing more songs and establishing a following on social media.”
Listen to Who You’re Meant to Be by Rae Radick here: