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Lynn Miles is one of Canada's most accomplished singer/songwriters. With seven albums to her credit, she's the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a 2003 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year. She's found her strength over time. Through a career that has seen her move from Ottawa to Los Angeles and back again, with stops in songwriting centres like Nashville and Austin, she's always written music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability. Miles has consistently been unflinching in "putting herself out there." The voice of her experience brings her songwriting a rich depth of emotion.

While her melodies undulate between traditional country and folk roots, her sensitivity to the world around her pours itself directly into Miles' music. "Love Doesn't Hurt,” for example, was written as an emotional plea for people in abusive relationships. “I wrote this song after watching Oprah do a show about domestic violence,'" she says. "She kept repeating 'Love doesn't hurt,' and even though I've written plenty of songs about how emotionally painful love can be, I wanted to put this crucial idea right up there beside my other songs, for balance, and clarity. I've been playing the song live and have been approached by several people who work at women's shelters who tell me it's a powerful song, and that they want to play it for their clients. There's no better compliment than that.”

Miles' astute observations of life, its trials and triumphs, are the hallmark of sincerity in her music. Its gritty honesty never falters – neither does her unshakeable ability to make even the most melancholy lyrics sound as if they're brimming with hope and grace. “Little Bird,” for instance, infuses her lyrics with an assertive and encouraging voice. “I wrote this song after reading In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate," she says. "It's the best book on addiction and articulates the need for compassion when dealing with addictions. The song is about the initial source of pain that can cause a person to seek solace in alcohol and drugs.”

Lynn Miles is an unmistakable talent, with an eye for both the subtle and sweet that can only be unearthed with experience.

Performances/news this month
March 23 - Uxbridge, ON, Music Hall
March 24 - Williamsville, NY, Village Meeting House
April 13 - Vancouver, BC, Rogue Folk Club


Fall for Beauty (2010)
Black Flowers, Vol. 1 & 2 (2009)
Love Sweet Love (2005)
Unravel (2003)
Night in a Strange Town (1999)
Slightly Haunted (1996)

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