Out Now Magazine Spotlight series featuring rising artist Monica Lynn for an interview
Where are you from?
I was born and raised on 160 acres in central Minnesota with horses, cattle and the hard work of helping on the family farm. I’ve had passion for music since I was a little girl. My sister, a songwriter and artist taught me how to play guitar and I started writing music when I was in high school. I led music at my local church every weekend and enjoyed singing around the campfire for fun on the weekends. Music has always been a part of my life.
When did you start making music?
In 2019, just before the start of the COVID pandemic I lost a beautiful friend and music companion. Megan Pavot had a dream of being a professional musician and was in several bands when she an I began making music together. We sang incredible blended harmonies with our guitarist, George Coller for 4 years until Megan lost her battle with cancer. Grieving the loss of her friendship, I was sure I would never recreate the momentum we had making music together.
At the end of 2019, I met a new friend and music producer who gave me new hope for my music passions. I shared several songs, and with his help we published my first 3 singles in 2020.
How do you describe your music?
My music is inspired by deep personal experiences. I use the writing process to help heal past wounds, motivate for life’s big challenges, and tell stories about love, life, personal growth and independence. My lyrics tell a story, and I match that with a sound that brings positive, hopeful energy to each song.
Who is your biggest musical inspiration?
My biggest music inspiration is Tracy Chapman for her soulful, deep lyrics and memorable sound. I am also drawn to the incredible sounds of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nix. A more recent inspiration for me is Lauren Daigle. Her lyrics create imagery and a clear narrative about faith and love that draws me in – creating warm, heart felt connections. Another artist that inspires my writing is Miranda Lambert. I love to cover her songs because of the thoughtful lyrics and melody that tell such vivid stories.
Why did you start making music?
After going through some big changes in my life, I found comfort writing and singing about the experiences. I really didn’t believe the songs I had written in my little notebook had the potential to come to life on a global scale. Then I met a music producer, Alston (Crossover Records) in 2019, just before the pandemic hit. He encouraged me to share my songs, he believed in me, and next thing I knew – my first three singles came to life.
What are your goals for the future?
I dream of performing for a large audience. I would love to hear a beautiful crowd singing along to my latest single – Faith in You – feeling the encouragement and confidence that comes from faith. I don’t do what I do for fame or fortune – I create music so that I can share it with the world and hopefully reach people who need encouragement through their own life changes. I want to release 6-8 new songs in the next 12 months, I hope you’ll stay and listen.
Please write a message to your fans.
Friends and Fans — I am incredibly grateful for your support and encouragement. We all have doubts – wondering if we are making a positive impact. You have shown love through social media and at my live shows in Minneapolis. I know you appreciate my journey and want to hear more. And so – I’ll keep making music! Stay Tuned! I hope to see you soon online or in your town.