5 Facts About Re’h, The ‘American Idol’ Contestant Who Aims To Inspire

5 Facts About Re'h, The 'American Idol' Contestant Who Aims To Inspire

We can’t wait to meet Re’h, a contestant on Season 19 of American Idol. Her full name is Raivyn C’Imone Hearne, and her story is just as impressive as her voice.

Read on to find out more about Re’h, and tune in this season to find out if she gets the Golden Ticket to Hollywood from the American Idol judges.

5 Facts About ‘American Idol’ Contestant Re’h

Re’h Is In The Army

Re’h is a U.S. Army specialist. She grew up in Texas, and joined the Texas National Guard after being unable to afford college at the Art Institute of Houston. She later moved to California for school and transferred to the California National Guard.

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Re’h is also a vocalist for the California Army National Guard 40th Infantry Division Band. She has several videos on her Instagram account in which she can be seen singing in uniform. In the clip above, she belts out Adele’s “Hello” in the drill hall.

She Attends College At USC

Re’h earned an associate degree in fine arts from Houston Community College in May 2016. She had long dreamed of attending the University of Southern California.

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“I didn’t have a plan at the time, but I figured I’d just transfer into a local four-year university in Houston,” she said in an interview last year with Staff Sgt. Kimberly Hill. “I then made a comment saying, ‘You know, if I could go to any university in the world, it would be the University of Southern California (USC), but I’m not good enough to even apply for that school.’”

Re’h ended up being accepted to USC in 2017, and is on track to graduate in 2022. She’s studying popular music performance, with a focus on voice.

She’s Sung The National Anthem Many Times

Re’h has a lot of experience singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at various events. One of the biggest moments was in 2015, when she performed at her command’s deployment ceremony, at a Houston Astros game in Minute Maid Park.

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“There had to have been at least 40,000 people in attendance. I was so nervous to sing in front of such a large audience,” she told Staff Sgt. Kimberly Hill. “The most challenging part for me was having to sing while feeling the emotional heaviness of my battle buddies in that moment, on top of trying to calm my nervous emotions.”

Re’h said she sang “from a place of power and pride.” Check out the video above to see her perform the National Anthem at the Staples Center in 2019.

Re’h Has Met Some Of Her Musical Heroes

In 2016, Re’h snapped a picture with Toni Braxton during the singer’s concert in Texas. Re’h has performed Toni’s songs on her Instagram account.

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She’s also had the amazing opportunity to take private piano lessons from USC professor Dr. Patrice Rushen, whom Re’h called “one of my favorite music artists of all time.”

She Wants To Inspire Young People On ‘American Idol’

In a preview of Re’h’s audition for American Idol, she tears up as she tells the judges, “I just want to come here and share light and love, and be an inspiration to other girls.”

She told Staff Sgt. Kimberly Hill that she would love to be a voiceover actress for animation. “I love working with kids and young people, and I have a soft spot in my heart for the youth,” she said. “I want to be a part of creating meaningful art and entertainment to help uplift the youth and bring positivity to the world.”

Catch Re’h’s audition during Season 19 of American Idol, and follow her on Instagram for more.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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