Vocalist Rayne Johnson is a country music artist whose vocal style adds a touch of soul to songs that offer a fresh perspective on down-home themes. After years of paying his dues with live performances and singing competitions, Rayne's smooth but expressive tenor started
winning a larger audience in 2019 when his first two releases—the playful “Laid Back” and the heartfelt “Front Seat”—began making noise on streaming and radio.
Born and raised in Fairfield, Ohio, Rayne’s parents were country music fans who regularly
played Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard around the house. Coming from a family of frequent
churchgoers, Rayne first began singing at Sunday services, later crediting his exposure to gospel
music for inspiring the soulful side of his delivery. When he became a teenager, the music
ministers at his church began taking notice of his talents and he joined the choir. There, he
eventually overcame his stage fright by singing solos which led to him fronting a handful of
local groups throughout his high school years.
Later on, while working his day gig on the railroad, he spent his nights building a regional
following, playing honky-tonks as a headliner and opening larger shows for Hunter Hayes,
Kelly Pickler, Riley Green, and Randy Houser, among others. As a sideline, Rayne also sang on
publishing demos for songwriters promoting their material. His work in that field led to him
being heard by an independent producer who instantly recognized his talent and undeniable star
As a result, in late 2018, Rayne released "Laid Back,” on Spotify. A fun-loving tune in which
the narrator tells his ex how good things have been for him since they split, “Laid Back” gained
some initial attention at country radio then proceeded to do well on streaming services, racking
up over 1,700,000 plays in its first few months. The reception to Rayne and "Laid Back" was so
strong that Boston radio began playing his debut radio single “Front Seat” before it was
As Rayne puts it, “Front Seat” is a reminder of self worth, male or female. Already responding
as one of the most talked about and reactive songs of 2019, “Front Seat” officially impacts radio
in January 2020.
In his spare time—which there isn’t too much of these days—Rayne’s special interests include
family, waterfowl hunting, hiking, camping, and college football.