9th Annual Acoustic Song Nominee
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BAND NAME:Courtney Lynn Music
ARE YOU SIGNED OR SELF-RELEASED?
I am self-released.
HOMEBASE/COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:
Brampton, Ontario, Canada
WHICH GENRES BEST DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC?
Acoustic, Singer/Songwriter, Folk, Alternative
ARTISTS ON THIS TRACK:
Courtney Lynn, De Boom, Billy Curtis, Greg Dawson
WHERE WAS SONG RECORDED?
Little Miss Sunshine was recorded at BWC Studios in Brampton, with Greg Dawson.
NAME OF ALBUM NOMINATED SONG IS ON:
oh yellow. (to be released)
DESCRIBE THE STORY BEHIND THIS SONG:
Little Miss Sunshine is about a forbidden crush I had on someone in high school. A light, feel-good, uncomplicated yet, personally forbidden crush. It is about someone who you just WISH would walk through the SAME hallway as you at the SAME TIME as you. My feelings were pure, and innocent and I valued and observed them from a distance- wondering and dreaming what could become of them. The song is about the feeling of wanting to be a part of somebody’s life, somehow; in any way- even if it is just to make them smile or laugh once in a while. The message exudes positivety in any matter; after a while I started singing the chorus, “You should feel good, everyday you should,” for everybody. Sometimes you need a spark to come from something small, like a crush, to remind you of how beautiful the world can be.
WHY DID YOU SELECT THIS TRACK TO SUBMIT TO THE IMAs?
I selected Little Miss Sunshine to submit to the Independent Music Awards because it is one of my most appreciated songs. It is a yellow song. When I wrote it I felt amazing, when I sing it I feel amazing, and I believe it can make you feel amazing when you listen to it; especially if you sing along.
WAS THIS ALWAYS INTENDED AS AN ACOUSTIC TUNE OR IS THIS RE-WORKED?
Little Miss Sunshine was always intended to be an acoustic tune. I wrote it on a beautiful blue acoustic guitar, outside in the green grass, sometime in the spring.
WHAT/ IF ANY UNUSUAL INSTRUMENTS, SONG STRUCTURE/WRITING TECHNIQUE, RECORDING METHOD DID YOU USE?
It was my first time recording in a studio. Every method was new to me. Before this studio experience, I had been recording the songs I wrote, as I wrote them, onto this huge box mp3 player that only worked when it was plugged in. For the song Little Miss Sunshine, I brought my best friend, and very talented artist, De Boom into the studio to sing back-up vocals, and Greg Dawson, the producer brought in the amazing Billy Curtis to play the banjo.
WHAT’S THE SECRET TO MAKING ACOUSTIC SONGS STAND OUT?
Acoustic songs stand out on their own. They are raw, stripped down versions of music. They are the beginning. The artist and his art. I usually perform on stage alone, as a singer/songwriter, with my guitar and with my voice, singing words that I have written about everything in my life. The acoustic experience is very real, soulful, personal, and vulnerable. I believe it gives the audience the best chance to really connect with the artist.
WHERE IS YOUR MUSIC AVAILABLE?
Courtney Lynn Music – The Green Wood Symphony
AVAILABLE ON ITUNES, Amazon, eMusic, Napster, and Rhapsody
+ locally (Toronto) at these retail locations:
Soundscapes (572 College Street Toronto[Little Italy], ON)
Culture Rising (128 Queen Street South Mississauga[Streetsville], ON)
also available to listen to on myspace, reverbnation, facebook and youtube.
DESCRIBE YOUR AUDIENCE:
My audience is extremely diverse. The dynamic for every show is almost always different. I have played in bars full of drunks, and school gymnasiums full of children. I have an ecclectic catalogue of material, that appeals to a broad and growing audience.
WHAT MAKES YOUR FANS UNIQUE?
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE PLACES TO PLAY?
EVERYWHERE & ANYWHERE
Recent favourites: The Sound Academy in Toronto, Maguires Irish Pub in Brampton, & THE BOX in Glasgow, Scotland.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE BANDS MOST EXCITING MOMENT TO DATE?
MY DEBUT ALBUM “THE GREEN WOOD SYMPHONY” CD RELEASE PARTY – AUGUST 6TH 2009@ MAGUIRES IRISH PUB IN BRAMPTON. Brought to you by INDIE SOCIAL EVENTS: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Indie-Social/228793210184
WHAT’S IN THE WORKS FOR 2010?:
In 2010 I will be continuing to gig and write and gig and write, while working to release my second full-length album oh yellow. including single Little Miss Sunshine.
FINISH THIS SENTENCE: THE MUSIC INDUSTRY IS…..
The music industry is an abyss in an ocean of the extraordinary. Too big to understand, never sleeps, crashing waves, pulling you under, but you can swim swim swim in it, and their are beautiful creatures and lights and so much unknown to discover.
WHAT IS YOUR DEFINITION OF SUCCESS?
HAPPINESS. Maintaining the ability to write and express myself through music and art. Having the ability to move people to do good things and to feel good and to sing and to dance and to smile and to love. LOVE. oh yellow. everyday.
WHAT’S ON YOUR IPOD THAT WOULD SURPRISE YOUR FANS?
I do not own an ipod but I love surprise birthday parties. Happy Birthday everyone.
NAME SOME ARTISTS YOU ARE CHAMPIONING:
SEAN PINCHIN, DE BOOM, LYKKE LI, WINTERSLEEP