Lynn Langtry is a songwriter singer as well as a visual artist. She weaves her creativity through various avenues of expression to complement each other and to touch the imaginations of her fans through the senses of sight and
sound. Lynn also was the producer/ director and soprano in a classical concert tour and cultural exchange project and has 21 Opus to date in the National Library of Canada. While Lynn was working on a new album to add to her works, she took time to talk with us.
What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
I am a singer-songwriter. However, I have often referred to my compositions as Tone Paintings since I move through various genres when composing. My principle instrument is voice. However, I enjoy incorporating new and unique instrumental sounds, as well as traditional accompaniments.
“I chose the title ‘Elements’ for the title of my first album and used the four classical elements, Fire-air-earth-water, as a theme for this song cycle collection. I wanted to connect the stories in the individual songs with the elements of nature and how these are interwoven in our lives. I wanted the sounds, the texture of the music, the style, the tone, and other facets of sound to tell the stories. This theme allowed me to create poetry that ties the human story to our environment. Each song has its own story, written in a manner to leave room for the listener’s own imagination and life experiences to interpret the song their own way.”
My second album I am presently working on is entitled "Color of Light." This album takes a new journey through genres, but continues with my tone painting style.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
My sister Laurie was four when I was born and she was asked to name me. She wanted to name me after her best friend at school so she called me Jimmy Wong. My mother told her that she should choose a girl's name, although Jimmy Wong was a very nice name. So my sister called me Linda after her friend...my name was later shortened to Lynn.
What Are or Have been Your Musical Influences?
My father was a musical child prodigy and was a concert level pianist although he didn't pursue this as a profession. My mother was a wonderful singer and a teacher. Our home was always full of music of various genres. My sister and I were always doing music and theatre together.
I began piano lessons at the age of 3 or 4 with my father's original music teacher. I began to compose at the age of 12 although I did not perform them publicly. While living in Domincan Rep. I studied music theory, violin and conducting with Frank Hernandez, who was known as the principle violinist for the Spanish singer, Raphael.
"I continued my composing during university studies and had several influential professors including Dr. Zdenek Skoumal, Dr. Jane Hayes and Dr. Elizabeth Lamberton.
I was privileged to study under Taylore T. Fox (aka Trudy Bluckler Blake) who is a renowned Opera singer, music director, Juno judge, among many other credits. Taylore has been the most influential person in my present composing and performance career.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
I have recently published 5 singles which are part of my album in the making, "Color of Light." They are available on my personal website. 'Sunset's Kiss' is one of these compositions. I will continue collaborating with Pete Cordalis at 'The Green Room' recording studio in Abottsford BC. I will also be writing duets for my sister and I as part of the album. My sister Laurie Lanktree also studied singing with Taylore T. Fox and worked with me in singing in concerts on several occasions.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
I wish to continue composing and recording my music. I am also presently working on a documentary video with my sister that includes my music tracks. I would love to continue performing when it is possible; I truly love reaching an audience live! I would be honoured to write for other singers as well.
I will continue pursuing avenues with which I can reach out to others with my music and I hope, along the way, to find new colleagues to work with, perhaps in a fuller way.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
My favorite track is called “A Mother’s Wish” from my album “Elements.” I wrote this song for my two sons and it resonates very close to my heart. It is a song with which I am most vulnerable and open, drawing close to my audience. Recently, to my delight, I have noticed that it is a song that is becoming popular with youths and young adults.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus far?
Trying to break through to a principle career in music performance and production can be a challenge in this age in which the internet is flooded with music. I have also personally suffered a spinal injury and had to overcome its obstacles for singing.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Sometimes times I have a complete song in my mind, but not always…I start with a theme I like. I usually write my lyrics first, however, there have been times when the music creates the words…I then create my melodies and add the harmonies next. After this process I add instrumentation, although, this is usually in my mind already but I often change things to match the style, genre or mood of the song. I transcribe my work first with a lead sheet, then a full written version and then a song chart for the recording studio.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social Media is a nice tool to reach people directly and often have a chance to interact with my fans right away when they write to me. I always write an individualized note to each of them. It also makes it possible for my music to be out there and be found.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
Music by Adele; Sting; Enrique Iglesias; Patsy Cline; Dolly Parton; Gem; Neil Diamond; Kenny Rogers and many, many more. I also enjoy listening to new artists Reverbantion and NumberOneMusic...it is a delightful musical journey.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I performed music from a very young age on many occasions. I was and continue to be a visual artist from the age of 12. I have also written and published an historical fiction novel; I have traveled and lived in other lands; participated in volunteer work to help others in need and I worked as a school teacher.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Education comes first. Artists need a day job to fall back on and it often serves as a spring board to creativity as one really gets to know oneself and others. Also, life experience has great value. Music education is very important, including music theory and history as well as learning your instrument well. Having knowledge of instrumentation is a great asset and allows for greater variety in composition or performance. Performance opportunities are a great asset, whether a small or larger audience. Accessing and appreciating Public Relations professionals is important to further a career as well and any experience in business management. Additionally, show respect for others at all times and be very patient. Success isn’t always valued in dollars, it can be valued in the fulfillment resulting from creating something special.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
I would love to include music that is not only mainstream…I would find an avenue for the new music, unique styles and genres and provide opportunities for musicians to access the industry without the burden of large sums of money or the need to have connections with someone prominent in the industry,
How Do You Feel About Originality?
There is a lot of music out there that just sounds the same! Although there are some elements that will always crossover in every composition, (Chord progression etc.) creating something truly unique is a gift and a blessing to others.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
I have been blessed with the privilege of collaborating with many musicians along the way, had wonderful role models, musical family members and many memorable performance experiences. Everyone we work with gives us something and we in turn share part of ourselves.
Websites or Social Media Pages:
http://lynnlangtry.com (Principle personal website)