Who’s Annie Lynn?
I’m an aspiring singer songwriter from the Midwest who’s building on my background as a performing artist. I recently relocated to Wisconsin after having lived in the Twin Cities area in Minnesota for 19 years! I’m excited to have returned to living just outside of my hometown of Madison where I grew up.
How I got started songwriting
I’ve always loved performing since a young age. I grew up doing choir, played piano, did dance and performed in my high school musicals. In 2000 I moved to the Twin Cities to study music, theatre, and dance at the U of M and had the opportunity to work professionally as a performing artist both on stage and on-camera. In 2015 I started to explore songwriting after I picked up a book in a used bookstore that looked interesting. I slowly began writing down my song ideas, mostly just lyrics, and searching out more information on how to construct a song. I found that the art of songwriting combined my love of music and writing all into one! I even began to connect with other songwriters through social media and tried my first go at co-writing with more experienced songwriters.
How I learned to play guitar
In the spring of 2018 I was encouraged to learn to play the guitar so that I could play the songs I was writing. I found a couple of old cassette tapes my Dad had given me in 1997 to see if I could at least learn how to tune a guitar. I borrowed my husband’s grandpa’s old guitar and began to push play and rewind over and over until I learned how to tune. Thinking there had to be a better more faster way to go about it, I signed up for a beginning guitar community education course and got myself a digital tuner on Amazon. I took five of the six 45 minute lessons and the rest I’ve self taught myself.
How I’m navigating my music endeavors
I’m a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) where I’ve been learning about the craft of songwriting, building relationships and even co-writing with other songwriters. I’m also taking online courses in the music industry.
I’ve been testing things out, taking things one step at a time, and not worrying too much about anything other than keeping it fun, and continuing to challenge myself. For instance, I had the incredible opportunity to play at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville in the summer of 2018, after only having played guitar for less than six months! Sound a little crazy? I know, but I’ve never been someone afraid to go for it! It was a ton of fun and I recorded my first original song at the Ryman Auditorium as well.
Where can you listen to my music?
So as much as I’d like to share my music, I’m not a recording artist… yet. But I’m working on getting my music out there! If you’d like to hear a sample of my music, there’s a short video taken from an informal gathering below. I hope to have my music professionally recorded in time. Subscribe to my updates so you’ll be the first to know!