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Singer / songwriter , Bailey Rae , is an eighteen-year-old emerging country artist . She has a true passion for preserving classic country music , mixing it with a little red dirt country grit . Most recently , Bailey Rae was a member of Team Legend on Season 19 of NBC ’ s The Voice , becoming part of the Top 9 and having the honor of being the first country artist on Coach John Legend ’ s team . This small town Oklahoma girl calls Texas her second home and was named the 2020-2021 Ambassador for the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage , Texas . Prior to discovering her love for traditional country music , Bailey Rae developed a true passion for performing as a competitive clogger . She won several National Championships and competed at the World Dance Championship competition with her clogging team . Bailey Rae had been singing in church for years and after hearing of a vocal coach in Denison , Texas , she began performing with the Shawnda Rains Entertainment Group . At just thirteen-years-old , while on a performance trip in Branson , Missouri , Bailey Rae discovered her desire to sing on stage and started the pursuit of career as a country music artist . Since that time , Bailey Rae has performed at opry shows , events and acoustic gigs from Texas , Oklahoma and Arkansas to Branson , Nashville and Graceland . Her awards and noteworthy accomplishments include : 2019 winner of the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame Showcase , 2019 Final Round - Top 8 Finalist for the Wrangler NFR National Anthem Contest , 2019 Freedom Fest Idol Winner , 2019 Oklahoma Cattleman ’ s Association National Anthem Contest Winner , 2018 Traditional Country Horizon Award Winner for the North American Country Music Association International , and 2018 Dogwood Jamboree Talent Search Winner . Bailey Rae has opened for country music artists , TG Sheppard , Whispering Bill Anderson , Doug Stone , Linda Davis , Jeannie C Riley , The Scott Family , Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers and more . She has also garnered multiple awards with the Country Music Singers Association of Oklahoma . Bailey Rae is a member of the Country Music Singers Association of Oklahoma and the Texas Country Music Association . Bailey Rae is a Texas Country Music Awards 2020 Young Artist of the Year Nominee and a Josie Music Awards 2020 Young Adult Vocalist of the