Take down the masks. Unveil your soul.
To the broken child. The battered spouse. The war-torn soldier. This is a song that represents the fragmented soul that has experienced trauma and the impact that it has on mental, physical and emotional health.
I wrote Time as part of my efforts to support and encourage to those suffering from mental illness, whether depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder or suicidality. There is hope in the hopeless moments. There is love in the loneliness. There is no shame in acknowledging the pain and accepting the support on the road to recovery.
Time make take its toll. But time is also a healer.
Stay strong lovelies. We are not alone. We are survivors. We are warriors.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
“PTSD is a whole-body tragedy, an integral human event of enormous proportions with massive repercussions.” Susan Pease Banitt
A huge thank you to Amplified Wax Recording Studio and Amplified Wax Design.
Photography by Mark Anthony.
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.