Interview: Lynne Taylor Donovan

Today we are sharing an interview with Lynne Taylor Donovan: a recognized veteran of the Canadian country music scene who breathes believability, passion, and a heartfelt sense of understanding into everything she sings.

1. First of all, tell us about how did you start your music career?

- When I was 10 years old a friend of the family gave me a guitar and I started writing songs because I didn't yet know how to figure out how to play songs I heard on the radio. After teaching myself to play, soon I was playing cover songs and at age 14 started playing the odd event and soon after that became professional. I had my first hit record in England when I was 16 years old and have not stopped recording and performing since then. I am truly blessed with a great career!

2. Who are your music inspirations?

- My audience is my inspiration!! if a song I choose to sing creates a heart-felt response from my listener's then I will continue to play that song . . . my audience inspire's me. I can name Artist's who inspired me and there have been a wide range of them from Patsy Cline to Lady Gaga! The common denominator of the artists who inspired me was not just genre but more their ability to sing with their hearts . . . emotion is something that cannot be learned and that is the quality in an artist that separate's them from all other's in a way that every human being connects with.

3. Our readers would like to know more about your new music. Any interesting facts?

- I try not to bore my listener's with the same thing every time and honestly, I need that for myself . . . it's how I feed my creativity. If I hear a song or write one that I love, I will simply record it even though it may creates a little confusion with the radio stations or listener's because I may have strayed from a particular demographic . . . this often makes it difficult to market me as one specific style or genre. Unfortunately I believe an artist, by definition, has a need to change and grow with their expression and can only hope that their fan base will embrace their work. I am fortunate that my listener's have done for which I am eternally grateful.

4. What opinions have you recieved about your music?

- I am blessed with the great responses I receive from my listener's . . .sometime's the radio programmer's can be a little inflexible when I record something different than their used to but it's because they have a demographic to consider and I totally understand that, so if there's a song that may be a little too cross-over, or sounds a little too rocky, or too country, or too bluesy for their station then sometime's they may be critical or pass on a song. At the end of the day I am fine with that because I know the song will most likely be played on another station that fit's that sound. Overall, I can say that my music is very well received world-wide and I am extremely grateful for that!

5. What do you like to do more: songwriting or performing?

- I absolutely love performing! There is no greater, more rewarding experience than that. Songwriting can also be extremely rewarding but for me, require's a lot of work and concentration which I'm not really great at (ha ha), but the end result often makes it worth the effort!

6. Which countries do you want to visit with tour?

Russia of course!! I think it would be absolutely amazing to visit your country! I would love to see the Russian Architecture first hand . . . and I've heard so many great things about the people and culture . . it would be a great honour to perform there! I love to perform in foreign countries because even though we may speak different languages, music is the Universal one and despite those barriers we are all united by the emotion that comes from a song whether you understand the words or not.

7. How do you deal with haters?

- Oh my gosh, I don't think I've actually experienced that. I think when a person comes from a place of love, that hate is repelled. I'm sure there have been many people in my life, past and present, who have disliked me or my music but that's ok with me . . . we are all different and we all have unique likes and dislikes . . "hate" is a very strong word that I actually try to avoid using in my vocabulary. I feel sorry for those who hate as it comes with a huge burden for those who possess it.

8. What would you tell to your fans?

- I would like to say thank you so very much for supporting me . . . without you I would not be where I am and I promise to do everything I can to come and perform for you in your beautiful country!

And special thank you's to Sparkling Sound Russia for the opportunity to connect with my fans . . . you guys are awesome!

Sincerely and gratefully, Lynne Taylor Donovan