Erin Rae Says You Can Be a Kinder, Gentler 'Badass' in New Song 'Modern Woman'

Brittany Howard, Kelsey Waldon, and Michaela Anne cameo in the video for the track, off the Nashville songwriter’s upcoming LP Lighten Up

Erin Rae, Jonathan Wilson

10/13/2021 4:24:00 PM

Nashville songwriter Erin Rae says you can be a kinder, gentler “badass” in her new song “Modern Woman,” the first taste of her upcoming album ‘Lighten Up.’

Brittany Howard, Kelsey Waldon, and Michaela Anne cameo in the video for the track, off the Nashville songwriter’s upcoming LP Lighten Up

For the album’s lead single “Modern Woman,” she reflected on what it means for women to be called “badass.”“A friend of a friend was describing a lot of women in the Nashville music scene as ‘badass,’ saying like, ‘Oh this or that person speaks their mind and doesn’t give a damn what anyone thinks,’” Rae remembers. “She then remarked, ‘No offense, but I wouldn’t describe you as ‘badass.’… I laughed it off in the moment, but she said that during a time where I was doing lots of deep soul searching, and something about it lit a little fire in me and made me want to celebrate my own gentler, introspective way of being a woman, of being a ‘badass,’ if you will.”

“Modern Woman” merges gentle pedal steel with a bouncy rhythm, and finds Rae discarding gender stereotypes with conviction. “Round up the old perceptions,” she sings, “lay them on down.” The video for the song features cameos by performers Brittany Howard, Kelsey Waldon, and Michaela Anne.

Rae says the goal of the song “was just to be celebratory of myself and others, to have a little fun. I was thinking of my friends and family, and the varying ways they express and identify aswomxnAs its title suggests,Lighten Upis, in part, Rae’s effort at breaking out of her own cycle of self-seriousness. “So much of my life has been focused on myself, in large part due to insecurities and a lack of self-love,” she says. “

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Lighten Upis meant to be a little cheeky, but also completely sincere: ‘Lighten up, Erin…You ain’t the first and you ain’t the worst.’”will be released February 4, 2022, via Thirty Tigers.

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