Country Music newcomer Sandra Lynn is making a strong impact with her brand new single, “After Party.” The new single is fun and upbeat, and makes for a great fit on your country music playlist.
CountryMusicRocks got the opportunity to catch up with Sandra Lynn to chat about her new music, and much more. The country newcomer is very excited for the year ahead in 2015, and Sandra Lynn revealed to us some exciting news!!! We’ve got the inside scoop, so be sure to check it out in our interview below.
In addition to talking about her music career, Sandra Lynn also shared with us some fun places to check out while your visiting Nashville! Looking to grab a delicious steak? Sandra Lynn recommends Kayne Prime. If you want to go somewhere that is fun and laid back, then Sandra Lynn definitely recommends checking out Pinewood Social!
Sandra Lynn has a lot to offer to the country music genre, and we are excited to watch her journey as she continues to grow.
CountryMusicRocks (CMR): You recently released your new single “After Party”. Give us some background and tell us a little about that song?
Sandra Lynn: I absolutely love “After Party.” When I was going into the studio this last round with the new songs, I went in with Ross Copperman who produced on it. I was not only a huge fan of his as a songwriter, but I loved the work he did producing Dierks Bentley, Brett Eldredge and Keith Urban recently. He and I were really excited to go in together. I wanted to go in with songs that I loved, and that touched on the theme of fun & relationships. So “After Party,” being a song about going home with somebody who is your best friend at the end of the day, every day for the rest of your life, and having fun with this person no matter what the two of you are doing together & having that special spark with them, was something that I just thought was a really a sweet message. It just caught me melodically and lyrically the minute I heard it the first time.
CMR: For folks that are not familiar with you yet, how would best describe your sound?
Sandra Lynn: Some of my biggest influences when I was young were Trisha Yearwood and Sara Evans. As well as, I call them the country music ladies of the 90’s, Faith Hill, Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain. I also really love singer/songwriters like Jewel and Michelle Branch. I think that a lot of those influences are kind of in the music that I’m making. A way that I would describe my music is one of the things that music has always done for me is, when I’m listening to it myself, it’s an escape. It’s something that I like listening to, to lift me up, or make me feel good, or something that can move me in a certain way. Of course we all have challenges and hard times in our life, but one of the things I always try to look for in life are the hopeful moments. So I think that is something I am always drawn to try to do in my own music, and find that positive thread in the music that I make.
CMR: The music industry can be tough to break into. What keeps you going and what is your drive to continue doing what you love?
Sandra Lynn: In this business you have highs & lows, up days & down days, but I feel really fortunate because I’ve always had an extremely supportive group of family & friends. I started singing when I was 7 years old and started performing at a very young age, so they’ve always been supportive from the get-go of this. I think that has really helped me in life, and in this career. Also with the people that I work with. Just having people that really believe in me and really rooting for me, as well as messages from fans.
I got a lot of amazing messages from fans, especially on this new single, and my first EP I did with Jay Demarcus, and the music video I did with Trey Fanjoy for the first track off my first EP, “You Belong.” I got some really touching messages from women who felt so much more empowered after hearing the song and watching the video, and telling me stories that sort of kept them going and some of them that helped their kids out, so that’s been really incredible for me. I think that is something that is super motivational every day.
CMR: Speaking of women in country music, women are definitely starting to take a strong role once again. Being a female in the country music industry, are you noticing this as well?
Sandra Lynn: In that area from my experience, playing on SiriusXM The Highway, “After Party” started playing right before Thanksgiving this past November, and that was just incredible. The support that John Marks, all the DJ’s and all The Highway gives, not only to females but to new artists, is incredible. Especially to females right now. At the same time “After Party” is playing, I’m hearing other songs by other up and coming females like Lucy Angel, Ruthie Collins and Annie Bosko. It’s just incredible the support they’ve given to females to really have our voices heard, and be able to have a chance to have our music on the radio. I think that’s been a really cool thing that they’ve championed females in country music so much in that way.
CMR: What’s in store for 2015 for you? What are you looking forward to most in the new year?
Sandra Lynn: I was just in New Orleans working on a Warner Bros. film called “Geostorm” starring Gerard Butler and directed by Dean Devlin. I co-wrote an original song for the film with writers, Jordan Reynolds and Zac Maloy in Nashville, and performed as the singer for the song in one of the scenes in the movie as the musical entertainment. The movie is set to release in 2016!
CMR: When you’re not writing and performing, what are some fun things that you like to do in your free time?
Sandra Lynn: I love hiking around Nashville. I love getting outside and getting that time to myself to get a little workout in and reflect, and really enjoy nature. That’s one of the things I love to do. I love to be with friends. We love to get together and have game night and dinners.
CMR: What is one thing that you would like to convey to fans about you & your new music?
Sandra Lynn: I think what we were talking about before, the thread that I’m drawn to in my own music of sort of finding those hopeful moments. I’m excited with the new music we went in to the studio with. I think it’s a little edgier, and it shows a fun side to me. It’s something that, with all of my influences, I want to continue finding my voice & growing, and hoping that people dig it.
CMR: Music is consistently evolving and growing. In your opinion, what do you think separates country music apart from any other genre?
Sandra Lynn: Country music changes, people talk about the changes. It was different even in the 90’s when I was listening to it, and even before that. You go back and listen to country music in the 70’s, 60’s and 50’s, but one of the things that I think always stays true in country music is the story telling aspect of the songs, and the honest, real lyric. That’s one of the things that really drew me to country music. You can always push the boundaries, or take something a certain way musically. I think lyrically, the thing that country music has always been rooted in, is the honest storytelling aspect of it. The fact that I feel like when I listen to country music, for me, it really resonates with me I think the most out of any music genre. I love listening to a lot of different genres, but I think for me, country music is so powerful. A lot of times I find that it defines a moment in my life. I can remember when I was listening to a certain country song, where I was, and how I felt at the moment. That’s what I feel the genre is strongest for, and stays true to.
Sandra Lynn is definitely one you will want to keep your eye on. She’s got a bright future ahead, and we can’t wait to see & hear it all unfold throughout the coming months. Be sure to pick up her brand new single “After Party” on iTunes HERE.