She’s the energetic singer who worked high-impact choreography and a very long braid en route to the Top 4 of Norway’s Melodi Grand Prix 2020.
And it seems that “Wild” singer Raylee is keen to go a few places higher in 2021, as we’ve spied her at a songwriting session with Laurell Barker, Frazer Mac, Andreas Stone, Thomas Stengaard and Anderz Wrethov.
The meeting of minds took place in Malmö at Hydra Studios. On Friday, Frazer (known for Eurovision songs including Luca Hänni’s “She Got Me” and Alicja Szemplińska’s “Empires”) shared footage of Raylee demo-ing songs as Anderz observed from the comfort of a nearby armchair.
Raylee — full name Raylee Charlotte “Lotta” Kristiansen — will know that Anderz’s opinion matters. He’s the genius behind Eurofan favourites like Margaret’s “Cool Me Down” and Eleni Foureira’s “Fuego”.
Wearing a simple white t-shirt and cozy sneakers, Raylee clearly felt right at home — and for good reason. She worked with Anderz, Andreas and Laurell (all of whom live in Malmö) on “Wild”. Andreas has previously delivered hits like John Lundvik’s “Too Late for Love” and “My Turn”, while Lauell was the first woman ever to have three songs at Eurovision in the same year (Luca Hänni’s “She Got Me”, S!sters’ “Sister” and Michael Rice’s “Bigger Than Us”.
As if that weren’t enough, there was yet another hitmaker in the mix. Thomas Stengaard — who wrote Eurovision 2013 winner “Only Teardrops” — caught the train from Copenhagen. We’re calling this a perfect storm!
Raylee at MGP 2020
Ahead of the final of MGP 2020, our Luis was feeling “Wild”. He wrote: ” ‘Wild’ is such a tune. The verses drag you in, the pre-chorus surprises you and then — bang! — horns and a super infectious hook. It may be formulaic, but mastering the basics of a genre is often a way to succeed at Eurovision. Raylee is such an appealing performer and she’s proven she can dance and kill it on stage. This is a clear choice, Norway.”
Our Antranig agreed, and even began forecasting how “Wild” could do at Eurovision. He said: “When we first heard ‘Wild’ in early January, it was obviously the best song of 2020 so far. What’s surprising is that in mid February with all the national finals and internal selections going on, ‘Wild’ is still the best song of 2020 right now. While I suspect it won’t win Eurovision, songwriter Laurell Barker can expect a similar result to ‘She Got Me’. There is so much quality in Norway that I wouldn’t be disappointed with another outcome but this should be beyond a no-brainer. Raylee is the ultimate performer.”
Are you hoping that Raylee & Co deliver another banger? Do you expect her to compete in MGP 2021? Let us know in the comments box down below!