There is something truly electrifying about the music of Kira Lynn and not just because it’s instantly accessible yet utterly unique and framed by the Nashville-based singer/songwriter’s emotive and exquisitely polished voice.
You can hear it in the dazzling new single “Over” which Kira Lynn describes with a laugh as the too-familiar story of lovers reflexively falling back into each other’s arms — for better or worse. With its soaring chorus and cartwheeling melody underpinned by plinking synth, “Over” is the kind of smart, earwormy pop gem that bursts through the radio.
“Over” is the first of several sparkling songs (see also the forthcoming “The Highs Are Worth the Lows” and “Let’s Keep The Lights On”) heralding a fresh musical direction for the Edmonton-reared musician formerly known as Kira Lynn Hladun whose completely self-penned first album, 2010’s country-tinged Modern Soul, was released just as Kira Lynn was exiting high school.
As if that weren’t achievement enough, she returned two years later with Something Like Love, powered by a $10,000 10k20 Rawlco Radio recording grant Kira Lynn received while studying music at Alberta’s MacEwan University. (She later returned to MacEwan to study public relations, graduating in 2015).
More recently, the singles “I Won’t Let You Go,” written with Nashville vet Ralph Murphy, and "Fallin' For You,” caught fire at country radio while heralding a vibrant and fast-rising performer on the contemporary scene.
“I am melody-driven. That’s been a big takeaway from co-writes I’ve done,” Kira Lynn says when asked to characterize her songwriting style. “But I’ve also kept a journal since I was little, always had stories to tell. Co-writers help me condense my stories while allowing me to pursue melodies.”
When it comes to lyrics, Kira Lynn is fearless, and prepared to raid her own personal life for useable material. Witness both “Over” and “The Highs Are Worth the Lows,” the latter prompted by a meaningful but ultimately failed long-distance relationship.
“At the end of the day, I really hope people get a chance to hear these songs and relate to them. And I hope radio will play them,” Kira Lynn says. “I am not afraid to be vulnerable and I am going to say what I want to say. I hope that touches people.”