With an energetic voice that demands to be heard along with honest, soulful lyrics meant to tear at the heart strings, Brooklin, Ontario-based country singer/songwriter Barbara Lynn Doran unleashes an auditory feast for her fans, bringing forth a deep, raw, emotional energy that meets in between the most electrifying country songs and the strong, heartfelt power ballads of classic rock.
For Barbara Lynn music is so much more than a performance.
It is the gateway to her soul that exposes her true self, turning her pain into
something beautiful, and her love into a reminder of what truly matters in this
Always one to push herself forward in the name of music,
Doran has amassed a number of significant accomplishments over her career.
Along with recording three albums, she has most notably been placed on the
Nashville Songwriters Association’s 2014 “Ones To Watch” list, has been a
semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for two years in a
row; a finalist in the Great American Songwriting Competition; and was part of
the first round ballot nominees in four categories at the inaugural Country
Music Association of Ontario Awards. She has also been part of the Hamilton
Festival of Friends main stage for two years running, her co-written song “Tear
it Down” was included in singer Jessica Mitchell’s latest album “Heart of
Glass” and she has opened for such legendary artists as The Wilkinsons and
former Tupelo Honey guitarist and front man Dan Davidson.
Barbara Lynn has always had a connection with music, starting at an early age with the influences of her family, in particular a grandfather who could play almost anything on the piano by ear and many uncles who were gifted musicians. From there Barbara Lynn, raised in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, looked to a number of alternative rock musicians (The Cranberries, Tori Amos, and Holly McNarland to name a few) as inspirations for her early songwriting. While the country influence has been in her background for much of her life, heard around her family’s trucking business or being a regular listener when the more contemporary artists began to rise to prominence, it wasn’t until developing her 2010 self-titled debut album where she found that country was the perfect sound for the songs that she had written alongside legendary producer Murray Daigle.