I tend to overuse the word “strong” when I describe women like Rayna James, but forgive me if I do that because I can’t think of a better term. I feel like that’s what she is -- a strong-minded woman. She knows what she wants, and she doesn’t depend on her father, who, by the way, is a millionaire businessman.
“I survived without you!” she told her father once during a heated argument. (Although later in the argument, it is revealed that without Rayna’s knowledge, her father bought a significant number of copies of Rayna’s first album to help boost her career. “I hate you,” says the shocked Rayna.)
Unfortunately, Rayna’s fame is slowly fading out. So she had to make a choice: to co-headline a tour with country’s newest best-selling star, Juliette Barnes; or to ask help from her father so she can keep up with her finances. It’s a difficult choice, but being the strong woman that she is, Rayna opts for other alternatives. Eventually, when there are no more options to exhaust, she agrees to tour with Juliette.
Rayna dislikes Juliette’s music. But I suspect that the real reason for the animosity is that she’s threatened by this young star. Juliette has a way of getting what she wants, and she never gives up until she gets them. For instance, to make Deacon Claybourne (an amazing lead guitar player and Rayna’s former lover) agree to join her band, Juliette showers him with a $50,000-guitar.
Speaking of Deacon, Rayna finds herself conflicted between her husband, Teddy, and Deacon. So no matter how she tries to keep her family intact, there’s one complication she has to deal with. Will she make it through?
Aside from being the Queen of Country Music, Rayna is also a doting mother of two beautiful children. She’s also a loyal friend, and a supportive wife.