Since launching herself as an independent artist in 2014, singer and songwriter Sandra Lynn has established herself as one of country music's sweetest rising voices thanks to a string of singles — "Afterparty," "Bar Hoppin'," "Hey California," and her latest track, "Somebody Kissed Me At A Bar" — that reflect both her love for country music and her roots as a California girl. Lynn's contemporary country sound radiates with a subtle West Coast vibe. She grew up in a rural part of Chino, California, in "a neighborhood full of horses, horseback trails, and ranch-style homes," Lynn says. She spent hours watching the country music TV networks, gravitating toward such artists as Trisha Yearwood and Dixie Chicks, as well as Shania Twain and Faith Hill. Inspired by their timeless storytelling, she began looking for people she could write and record demos with after graduating. "I had always written, whether it was journaling in a poetic way or coming up with my own lyrics," she says, "but after college I put my focus on setting lyrics to melodies." Since then, Lynn has traveled between Los Angeles and Nashville (where she now spends half her time) to work with some of Nashville's hottest songwriters and hit-makers, including Rascal Flatts' Jay DeMarcus (who produced her self-titled debut EP), Dave Brainard (who co-wrote and produced "Hey California"), Ross Copperman (who co-wrote and produced "Afterparty," which was picked up by SiriusXM's The Highway, and "Bar-Hoppin'," which has racked up over 632K plays on Spotify), Jeremy Spillman (who co-wrote her debut track "You Belong" with Lori McKenna and Travis Meadows), Hall of Famers Gary Burr and Tom Schuyler, Tia Sillers, Victoria Banks, Paul Brandt, Mike Mobley, as well as ascending young songwriters Bobby Hamrick and Jake Scott. Lynn has also made a name for herself on the live circuit, opening for Brad Paisley, Kenny Chesney, Cole Swindell, Kenny Rogers, Jana Kramer, and Josh Thompson, as well as performing during CMA Fest and the KNE New Music Stage at Milwaukee's Summerfest, and playing local Nashville venues, including 3rd and Lindsley and The Listening Room.
Over the past two years, Lynn has taken her songwriting to a deeper place than it has been previously. "I wanted to access those vulnerable parts of me that maybe I was scared to tap into before, as well as continue to write and sing about subject matter that was meaningful to me in the hopes that it would resonate with the audience I want to connect with," she says. "I really want to speak to women in their 20s, 30s, and 40s — women who have lived a little bit of life. They aren't out on their first date or having their first kiss. There's depth to their stories and experiences. I know these women because I'm around them every day." The result of Lynn's deep dive is her latest EP FIGHT, which is a testament to how she's grown as an artist willing to reveal deeply felt emotions and put them into the music. "These songs touch on the vulnerable and intimate details we ladies like to talk about behind closed doors with one another," she says of FIGHT, which features contributions from Rachel Proctor, Shane Stevens, Matthew West, Dave Pittenger, and her collaboration with Jake Scott ("From The Outside"). FIGHT is the first "Chapter" in a three-part series of EPs that Lynn will release in 2018. "Because this is an ever-evolving journey, I wanted the freedom to write about whatever was coming up in the moment and then share the songs in stages, but they will tell a larger story when taken as a whole," she says. To help her capture sonically the intimacy that the lyrics demanded, Lynn turned to Grammy Award-winning producer and engineer Ben Fowler, who has engineered records for such artists as Sara Evans and Love & Theft.
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