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Lynn Miles

Lynn Miles
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The music of Lynn Miles is truly one of a kind. Not only is she one of Canada's best singer-songwriters, she's one of the best, period. Hers is a voice that stands out, it's a voice that knows the ways and long twisting back roads of the world, a voice that has lived and conveys that living through every song. It's a voice we all know. It sings of love, loss, coping, travel, sense of place and purpose, broken promises, what get's us through, what doesn't, how we defy the odds, making a perfectly beautiful human mess of things along the way. As she sings in one of her songs, "It's not the hurt, it's what you've built around it, it's bitter and it's tall, you practice being cool and confident for so long now, you got yourself a wall, not everybodys gonna understand, so that's why they might say, try not to be so sad." Lynn's is a music that understands, that breaks through the wall around our hearts and speaks truth to our lives. New York Times music critic, John Pareles wrote that Miles' music "makes forlorn feel like a state of grace.”

Lynn has 14 Albums to her credit, has won a Juno and four Canadian Folk Music Awards. She teaches song writing at Carleton University and has produced four albums for other artists.

American singer songwriter and Grammy nominee Claire Lynch recently recorded Lynn’s song “Black Flowers” on her new CD “North by South”.

http://www.lynnmilesmusic.com/biography.html

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