At only 17, Raylee is one of the two youngest performers in this year’s edition of Melodi Grand Prix, Norway’s national selection to Eurovision Song Contest. But despite her young age she has already been recording and releasing music for six years!
Raylee became a household name in Norway last fall, when she participated, and finished fourth, in a singing contest on NRK called Stjernekamp (Battle of the stars). Now she has her mind set on the golden ticket to Vienna and the Eurovision stage.
You are a new name to the eurovision audience;can you tell us a bit about who you are , and your musical career so far?
My name is Raylee. I am 17 years old and I come from an island just outside of Arendal. I started doing music around the age of 8. I realeased my first cd when I was 11, under the name “Lotta”. Since then I’ve released 2 cd’s and several singles. When I was younger I played Annie in the musical “Annie”. That was a lot of fun.
Who is your musical inspiration?
I would definitely have to go with Beyonce on this one.
Why did you decide to take part in Melodi Grand Prix?
I was asked to do Melodi Grand Prix after doing a TV show called “Stjernekamp”.
Raylee performing Beyonce’s “Run the World (Girls)” in “Stjernekamp”
Was your song, “Louder”, written especially for MGP?
No. The song was written before I knew I was doing MGP. I am thrilled to get the opportunity to show it through MGP.
Can you tell us a little about what your song is about?
It is a catchy, upbeat song with a lot of energy. It’s about enjoying yourself, dancing and having fun.
What kind of performance can we expect to see on stage in Spectrum on 14 March?
I will give you a high energy show and create a good atmosphere. I want to give you great entertainment through singing and dancing.
Do you watch Eurovision every year, and do you have any traditions with friends or family?
I’ve been watching Eurovision for years. I remember when I was younger, my family and friends would gather around to watch Eurovision.
What is your favourite Eurovison entry?
That has to be Alexander Rybak and his song “Fairytale”. It was so much fun seeing him go all the the way to the top.
What is the most Norwegian thing you know?
Norwegian brown cheese
We here at ESCBubble wish Raylee the best of luck in Melodi Grand Prix!!