Audiences can quickly recognize and relate to an artist who can sing a story as though she has lived it….every line of lyric. Lynne Taylor Donovan is one of those rare breeds of artists, one who can pin the sincerity meter into the red every time she steps up to a microphone.
A recognized veteran of the Canadian country music scene, this Okanagan lass breathes believability, passion, and a heartfelt sense of understanding into everything she sings.
In for the long run, Donovan has been wooing, serenading, moving, and winning over fans around the globe since she was a teenager thanks not only to a dynamic and soulful vocal delivery that emerged at a very young age, but an undeniable drive to pursue all possibilities with her God given gift.
These days Donovan has once again been reminding programmers and audiences who listen to country and adult contemporary music that her ability to inject personality and passion into a fresh song has not abandoned her. She’s done that with a red hot new single titled Sugar Lake that has lit up the charts in England, Europe, and Australia, and been championed by a long list of Canadian country stations from Quebec to British Columbia.
But this is just the latest chapter in Lynne Taylor Donovan’s journey as a singer, entertainer and recording artist. So here’s the Cole’s notes version of Lynne’s wonderful life in music.
Shortly after being introduced to music and song the young teen singer was in short order hosting her own television show in the lower mainland of B.C., and in another blink of an eye, a barely out of high school Lynne Taylor Donovan was hearing her voice on commercial airwaves and impressing promoters as far away as Japan. Suddenly she was seeing worlds that most teens only dream about.
Tours with The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and opening slots at shows with stars like Alan Jackson were in the offing a few years later as were the opportunities to record with crackerjack studio musicians and offers to appear on major festival stages on bills with Wynnona Judd and Loretta Lynn.
Songs like Lies, Make It On My Own, Talk To Me, Soft Place, Don’t Make Me Lie which was a top ten single in Canada, and Back On The Line became the backbone of a strong and vital set of Donovan originals, and if one or two of those alluring tunes wasn’t in rotation at home you could bet that radio programmers from England to Australia had decided to pick up on the buzz that she had created in her homeland.
In fact, Talk To Me was a Number One hit in Italy and Top Ten across Europe for the better part of 2007. Of course the tune, which was built around the combination of a great hook, a pulsating groove, one of Donovan’s finest studio moments as a vocalist and superb production, became a cornerstone of her live shows.
The one step at a time, one fan at a time, one market at a time approach to living in the ever changing music business has certainly worked in Donovan’s favour thru the years, as unlike many of her peers from the nineties, she’s still not only still in the business, but as inspired and relevant as ever.
“I’m just fiercely independent and I like the way we’ve approached things in the past. Pacific Records and myself have control on the artistic direction of the material and we’ve built great relationships with players who work with us, programmers who have been loyal, and audiences who support us,” says Donovan who continues to call the beautiful Okanagan home.
The journey has included chapters where creative relationships with songwriters like onetime star VJ Erica Ehm and her pal Tim Thorney, who were the toast of the scene during the heyday of CMT in the nineties, but life has also handed Lynne Taylor Donovan her share of challenges.
A breast cancer survivor, Donovan knows full well how precious life is and this gifted Canadian artist has every intention of following the muse that has made her a resilient and respected artist whose sound seamlessly crosses musical and geographic borders.
Yes borders, both geographical and musical borders and boundaries. A quick glance at what has transpired with her seasonal hit Dear Santa backs that line of thought up again. Over 50 reporting stations in Australia have been playing Lynne’s moving and timely Christmas and holiday tune and in Canada it’s been a pick with a number of syndicated specials.
“I don’t think I’d do anything differently and an artist can’t ask for anything more than audiences to respond in a positive fashion to what one is creating,” insists an artist who knows of what she speaks.
Lynne Taylor Donovan, the story continues. Stay tuned for the next chapter.
Peter North – Award-winning music journalist and host of
CKUA Radio Network’s Points North and Dead Ends and Detours.
BORN: April 12
WHERE: Vancouver, Canada
LIKES: Shopping, white wine, gourmet cooking, long walks, Jaguar XKEs, and, well, SHOPPING!
DISLIKES: Red wine and not being able to SHOP!
FAV COLOR: Peach
HOBBIES: The beach in summer, tennis, pilates, song writing, and SHOPPING!
FAV MOVIE: Doctor Zhivago
MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Just about everybody from The Zombies to Faith Hill.
What are your most satisfying moments?
“Spending time with my son and performing live in concert for my fans”.