Cassidy Lynn may be an upstate New Yorker by birth, but she was born to carry the torch of classic country music trailblazers who first lit that fire in her heart. Inspired by influences from John Denver and Alison Krauss to Waylon Jennings and Leann Rimes in a home that was always music-filled; she fearlessly proclaimed at age 9 she would someday be moving to Nashville. By 11, she was opening for Grand Ole Opry legend Charley Pride; by 16, she was touring as the lead singer of a popular local band throughout the Northeast; and in 2008 with a dedicated fan base intact, she officially packed her bags and headed south. Armed with the spirit of Patsy Cline and the fierceness of Natalie Maines, she’s been making a name for herself this town won’t soon forget, ever since.
Wearing self-professed “blinders” when it comes to her goals, Lynn took every opportunity to immerse herself in all that Nashville has to offer, playing in some of the town’s most prestigious venues, from sold out crowds at the Bluebird Café to the historic Ryman Auditorium. One of the most important, and possibly career changing opportunities came when Lynn began to focus more on songwriting. She fell in with a group of equally aspiring up-and-comers and began to develop, what is now, one of the timeliest and most unique writing voices on Music Row.
Not realizing her unmatched gift of storytelling until after she’d been performing in the music scene for years, Lynn dove into the craft and worked tirelessly to maintain a professional writer’s schedule even before she had anyone in her corner. Working a full-time job, and keeping a constant writer’s calendar meant she would often miss evenings out with friends, vacations, and countless hours of sleep, but she never let up. She booked her own shows; playing writer’s rounds every chance she got. She planned her own summer tours, recorded her own demos, and landed her own meetings with Music Row executives. “I knew if I wanted it, I had to find a way to make it happen, whether I had the support of a publisher or a label at the time, or not. I couldn’t wait for them to come to me… I had to show them I was coming for them, and that there was no stopping me.”
In 2013, she released her self-titled debut EP, which was met with resounding praise from fans and industry leaders alike. Highlighting her extraordinary voice on tracks like "Gardener in the Graveyard," Lynn proved she has a knack for telling stories that stick with you. The haunting track showcased her incredible talent for weaving her old school roots into the demands of today’s market, all while maintaining her own distinct perspective. Then, in early 2014, she co-wrote Black River Entertainment Recording Artist Glen Templeton’s debut single, “Ball Cap,” which spent three weeks at #1 on SiriusXM The Highway, and went on to sign an exclusive publishing deal with Given Music Publishing later that year.
Making it in Nashville doesn’t happen without a fight, but rarely does the hard work get the attention it deserves. The behind the scenes footage that is comprised of years of effort is often under rug swept in the limelight of noticed accomplishments. That said, it would be easy to look at the success Lynn has achieved and focus solely on those milestones, but that would do a disservice to the amount of effort, passion, and tenacity she’s brought to every aspect of her journey.
“My favorite part of all this is getting to connect with the listeners; when someone comes up and tells me they can relate to something I wrote because they experienced some version of it as well. I live for the moments when I’m getting to sing my own songs to people. Though I have to say, I love getting to hear other artists sing them too!” she says laughingly, giving nod to her song “Light of the Moon” which was cut by country duo Two Story Road for their debut EP, released in December 2015. Co-written with the duo, acclaimed songwriter Jason Matthews and produced by Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts), the song has become a fast fan-favorite. And already, 2016 is shaping up to be another awesome year! Lynn’s song “Saturday Night” will be the lead single for Johnny Bulford's (co-writer of Chris Young’s “Lonely Eyes” and Lee Brice’s “Woman Like You”), and Janell Wheeler’s new musical project, Lockhart. Lynn also had the recent opportunity to get her feet wet in the bluegrass world when the Trinity River Band released her song “Come Back Train,” co-written with Jerry Salley, which became the group's first #1 song and can now be heard on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction Station. Most recently, Lynn was proud to learn that Curb Recording Artist, Dylan Scott, included a song they co-wrote together along with Forest Glen Whitehead, "Ball Cap" on his debut album released in August 2016, which was previously recorded by Glen Templeton.
Taking everything in stride, and with grace, Cassidy Lynn never rests on her laurels. She’s grateful for the accomplishments she’s achieved over the past few years, but is excited and fueled by her new undertakings. “There’s no rest for the weary,” she said, when asked about her upcoming plans. Cassidy is currently on the road for her first ever house concert tour following up her multi-layered, interactive and innovative, yet devotedly old school project, The Polaroid Project, which was released July 1st.
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Polaroid Project EP (2016)
1. Lover's Lane
3. Water into Wine
4. Wallpaper Flowers
Cassidy Lynn EP (2013)
1. This Dirt Road
2. Down By the Bonfire
3. Made for Missing You (feat. Jeffrey East)
4. Dressed to Kill
5. House Built for Three
6. Polka Dot Dress
7. Gardener in the Graveyard
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