So, who are you?
Rachel Lynn, a Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter and sarcasm enthusiast.
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Maryland, but I’ve been in NYC for about eight years.
How long have you been playing music?
I’ve been singing for as long as I can remember, but after college, I moved to NYC and started pursuing it professionally. I’ve been living, performing, and recording in NYC ever since.
What is your dream touring line-up?
This is impossible to answer, but I do know that if Tegan and Sara, LP, Allen Stone, and Donna Missal came through the tri-state area, I’d be front and center with a hand-painted sign that says, “TAKE ME WITH YOU.”
What does music mean to you?
The short answer is everything. Music has shaped me and taught me and challenged me. Listening to music and creating music is forever how I’ll process the ups and downs of my life.
What artists first inspired you to start playing music?
The great vocalists of the 90s were a huge inspiration to me (Whitney, Mariah, Celine), and female singer/songwriters like Alanis Morissette and Jewel who seemed to master the art of putting their feelings to music were incredibly influential in my efforts to do the same.
What was the first record you bought when you were younger?
Amy Grant was my first CD! Baby, baby!
What’s the most aesthetically pleasing album cover that you have in your collection?
I think The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Show Your Bones cover is one that stands out with its color and texture.
What does your writing process look like?
My writing process is very organic and can either start with some chords at the piano or with a short melody that I want to put over a progression. It just gets flushed out with me and my keyboard. I finalize lyrics last to make sure I’m really saying exactly what I want to say.
Tell us about your new single ‘Look To Me’.
‘Look To Me’ is about trying to be a support to someone who’s struggling with their inner demons. I wrote this song because I wanted to be a source of healing, but it’s kind of a romanticized fairytale because, in reality, you can’t heal someone from their demons.
Why should people listen to your music?
If you like passionate singer/songwriters, you should give it a go!
Recommend us a record, a book, and a movie…
Record: Cry by Cigarettes After Sex
Book: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Any last words for the readers of Highwire Magazine?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read a bit about me. Follow me @rachellynnsings for all show and release info!