Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
A thousand barriers, a thousand walls: religion, politics, race, gender, wealth, poverty. What is found is often a silent declaration of war against humanity in the form of misunderstanding and unmet expectations. Everyone states a desire for unity, but only in the expression of uniformity. If you are not with me, then you are against me has become the power phrase, the statement of villainization and victimization. A million lies we tell ourselves…that it is not us, but the others, that do not conform to our idealistic vision of unity.
And yet music defies the notion that one must be the same to be equal. Music is not homogenous. Congruency of its definition is not based on parallel expressions. It is a language of many dialects. From opera to heavy metal, rap to classical, jazz to country or soul; they are noncomparative yet equally revered as works of art. Perhaps one is more favored by a culture, a gender, a race...but most often, is it climatic to individual’s sense of meaning and identity.
So, it is with music that I choose to speak. To speak out loud my desire for unity without uniformity and to make connections across barriers. Pain, love, joy, anger, hatred and loss are all universal concepts that can be expressed in a multitude of ways. And music is articulation of people’s emotions, thoughts, and feelings unadulterated by a need for conformity, congruency, and monotony.
‘We Are the People’ is the first song that I wrote for my next album. It had been my passion project after my first album, Liars, debuted. When I realized what a significant impact it had on individuals suffering from abuse, depression, suicide and their struggle to recovery, I decided to delve deeper into societal pain, the suffering that separation and division brings. It started with writing the very first line “so, this is hell” and ended with a triumphant “we are the people and we are better than this”.
And now I want to continue my mission to use music as the language of inspiration, a voice of hope in times of adversity and times of victory. Whether the battle be with oneself or with the world, music can find its way through a thousand walls. And my hope is that it finds its way to you.
My team and I are currently looking for sponsors and contributors who would be willing to help us reach our goals. The last album I recorded totaled an estimated $10,000 of my own person funds over the course of two years. I estimate that this second project will require the same, if not more, considering that I have already contributed the finances to two of the ten songs listed for release on the album and recording/producing budgets have increased. The costs associated include recording studio fees, grand piano rentals, instrumentalist support, photography and registration/production fees. Corporate sponsors will be credited for their participation and private donators of greater than $50.00 will receive a signed copy of the CD after production.
Donate at www.gofundme.com/stevielynesings
I cannot express my gratitude enough for your support, monetary and otherwise. Thank you, lovelies, for being my inspiration and my motivation.
Project Participants for 2018 Album
Amplified Wax Recording Studio & Design
James Hill, Mandy Hill
Gonzaga’s Big Bing Theory Choir and Guests
Nicholas Braukmann, Antonia Partusch, Cole Fiscus, Florence Antigo Okot, Frances Minigan, Joseph Underwood, Laura Burton, Maxwell Cook, Melissa Davies, Nicholas Chambers
Sean Alexander Lamont
Alyssa Nichole Prime, Andre Montgomery, Quindrey Davis, Nathan James Komp, Barry William Starkey, Thomas W Gannt II, Bennet Carnahan
Purchase music online at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/stevielynne4
In light of the third 2016 Presidential Debate scheduled tonight, I decided it was time to share this.‘We Are the People’ is a song that captures the very essence of human existence. It delves into the depths of individuality, diversity and unification, bringing to light the dark shadows of the unknown that divide us. Written and performed by artist Stevie Lynne, the lyrics passionately evoke a response to the current crises such as racism, sexism, inequality, political dissection and religious liberty, as well as the need for societal reformation. Built by a team of talented singers and musicians from various organizations based out of Spokane, Washington, ‘We Are the People’ embodies freedom founded in truth and the pursuit of solidarity. Please, if there is one thing that I ask of you as my friends, my family...my fellow people...share this until it's heard throughout America...and the world. Let's make our voices heard this 2016 Presidential Election #wearethepeople #wearebetter #presidentialdebate#election2016 #america
She’s known as “Spokane’s Queen of Soul” living up to it with haunting original ballads drawn from her own personal history and that of her closest companions. Her debut album, Liars, released in March 2015 is a product of countless stolen hours writing and recording at Amplified Wax Recording Studio, between 12-hour shifts at Sacred Heart Medical Center, where Stevie Lynne works as a registered nurse.
The lyrics and musicality are spare and graceful, engaging with real and complicated emotions, but pairing them with subtle instrumentation and a smooth, R&B voice reminiscent of the greatest women of the genre, from classic divas like Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone to more contemporary musicians like Adele, Christina Perri, and Norah Jones.
Stevie Lynne personally plays piano and acoustic guitar, and often plays with Sean Lamont and Alyssa Prime who add cello and additional vocals to Stevie Lynne’s sound.
Singing on stage at the age of 2, it wasn’t much of a leap to writing music at 11, following in the footsteps of her mother who also writes music, involving Stevie Lynne in her recording and passing along her passion. Along the way, Stevie Lynne has been influenced by a wide variety of artists, from Mumford & Sons, Passenger, and Ingrid Michaelson, to Sara Barielles, Michael Bublé, and Maroon 5.
No stranger to heartbreak, Stevie Lynne expresses her life story through song. You can hear the strains of a marriage divided, loss and betrayal and the slow path to healing for this old soul in every turn of phrase.
You’ll find Stevie Lynne and her music profiled in the pages of the Inlander and the Spokesman-Review, and telling the story of her album and musical path on Spokane Talks Radio’s Music Show. Catch a show at a local venue like The Ridler Piano Bar or The Bing Crosby Theater and experience the songs as they were meant to be heard: played live and sung like you’re the only one in the room.
Stevie Lynne offers a musical invitation to follow her into the empty rooms of loneliness, country roads of longing, and back alleys of heartbreak, and beyond the dark places to the acres of hope, healing, and learning to love again. Whether you’re listening to a recording, or live, she wants to take you along, and she’s hoping that her vulnerability will help you get in touch with your own, so that you too can keep rising higher.
Celebrate life and experiences with sounds of the soul...more music on its way this year! <3
Photography by Benjamin Boldt 2016
Great night at the Big Dipper! Thank you to such an amazing team of musicians! Matt Bednarsky was such a wonderful addition. So much appreciation for the beautiful artwork by Melinda Melvin and Aryn Fields as well as photography by Benjamin Boldt. Looking forward to more fun times and starting on my next album! Thanks for the love and laughter!
Photo by Benjamin Boldt 2016
Start your new year amid beautiful music with Spokane’s Queen of Soul Stevie Lynne and talented Nashville artist Matt Bednarksy. With sounds of pop/rock, folk, jazz, and blues, Bednarsky’s expansive and creative music is an example of brilliant and impassioned artistry. With plans to tour Europe and Canada next year, he is making his way Northwest while expanding his music in the United States. Stevie Lynne, with soulful and powerful lyrics, brings an element of vulnerability as she takes you along a path of healing, forgiveness and self discovery. Music comes alive with company musicians Alyssa Prime, Sean Lamont and Nathan Komp. Passionate and inspiring, don’t miss Stevie Lynne & Company featuring Matt Bednarsky!
At a very early age, singer and songwriter Stevie Lynne Saunders was surrounded by music. As she grew up, she began to find different outlets for her natural abilities, channeling her expression into lyric and song. All of her music is original, written and derived from either her own personal experiences in love and life, to the experiences of those closest to her. With a sound all her own, Stevie encapsulates the folk/rock essences of legendary greats such as Stevie Nicks and Joni Mitchell, adding a soulful and sensitive inflection on vocals, reminiscent of powerhouses such as Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Her musical influences include multi-dimensional artists like John Mayer, Christina Perri, Yanni, and Adele, just to name a few. Likewise, her contemporary musical influences include a diverse list of artists, as well: Norah Jones, A Fine Frenzy, Sara Bareilles, Maroon 5, Ingrid Michaelson, Michael Buble and so many more. Her personal musical style can be summed up in a few, brief adjectives: emotive, soulful, quiet, moving and haunting. With a deeply spiritual nature and described by her family and friends as an 'old soul', Stevie has always possessed the desire to help others realize that they are not alone, no matter their past, where they find themselves in the present, and where their future may lead them. So sit back, relax, and allow yourself to get lost in this unique musician: Stevie Lynne. Let her lyrics and music take you on a journey of self-discovery, and ultimately, a destination of peace, harmony and love.
Nathan Weinbender The Spokesman-Review
June 12, 2015
Stevie Lynne wants her music to have a transformative impact on anyone who listens to it. The Spokane-based singer-songwriter, who performs at the Bing Crosby Theater tonight, writes openly about her feelings, and listening to her lyrics is akin to peering into someone’s diary.
“I want it to touch people and promote an atmosphere of vulnerability,” Lynne said of her music. “People are too afraid to be vulnerable nowadays.”
Raised in southwestern Montana, Lynne, 24, has been writing songs for nearly half her life. When she was a child, she was surrounded by music – her mother worked as a school music director – and she recalls her first original song was completed when she was about 12. She settled in Spokane about two years ago and works as a registered nurse at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.
Lynne’s debut album, “Liars,” was recorded at the local studio Amplified Wax. Because of her hectic work schedule, the recording process took a little more than a year.
“It was all done at my expense,” Lynne said. “I worked extra hours at the hospital – three 16-hour shifts at a time – then I’d go to the studio the next day and spend 10 hours there. It was a long and exhausting process, but it was worth it.”
She’s constantly writing, too, and she estimates that she has well over 80 new songs in various stages of completion. Lynne’s lyrics are often cutting and obviously personal, and she says she’s most inspired and creative when she lets her emotional guard down and explores her feelings.
“A lot of it is inspiration from my daily life, or something that’s been brooding and I haven’t figured out why I’m feeling a certain way,” Lynne said. “It really just depends on the moment or the day or the hour as to what kind of song gets written. … There’s nothing really methodical about it. I’ll be in a car and all of a sudden some lyrics will come in my head, and I’ll start singing it into my phone and recording it. I have thousands of recordings on this phone.”
The 12 songs that make up “Liars” are soulful, melodic ballads, spare in their arrangements – the only primary instruments you hear are Lynne’s tender vocals, her lilting piano and the occasional bit of percussion. Some of Lynne’s lyrics are wounded. Others are cathartic. They’re all, in their own ways, quiet but inspirational anthems. The album’s title track, for instance, advises, “Don’t become the bitter one / Someday the darkness will meet the sun.”
“All the songs are my personal story, and they emphasize parts of my life I wouldn’t normally expose,” Lynne said. “The album is really a letter to everyone I know. But I wanted it to be that kind of expression for others as well, so when they hear a song, they’re encouraged to keep moving. They see themselves in it, and they identify.”
And while Lynne will be backed by a full band at tonight’s show, it’s the intimacy of her words that give her music its power: It’s not enough for her to move people; she wants them to seriously consider what she’s singing about and to let it change something inside them.
“When the show ends, I don’t want people to just say, ‘Oh, that was a nice show,’ ” she said. “I want them to say, ‘How did that change me, or how did it help me to perceive something differently about my life?’ ”