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article imageInterview with Claire Lynch: IBMA 'Female Vocalist of the Year' Special

By Markos Papadatos     Oct 14, 2013 in Entertainment
Veteran bluegrass singer-songwriter Claire Lynch accepted her third career win for the coveted International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) "Female Vocalist of the Year" award on September 26, 2013.
On her most recent win, Lynch remarked, "It was a lot of fun and really exciting. I actually had a funny feeling it was going to happen this time. It was extremely gratifying and for some reason, it wasn't like a big, huge surprise. To have this kind of this honor and to be recognized for this long is a really beautiful thing and sort of an affirmation of my work."
Presently, she is a part of the Compass Records label roster and she noted that she enjoys being a part of it. "I like their attitude and I like the fact that the label's founders, Garry (West) and Alison (Brown), are both musicians. Alison is a beautiful gal and I was in the studio with her this week watching her producing an album for another band. It was fun to work with her and watch her in the producer role."
Lynch had nothing but praise for fellow bluegrass songstress Dale Ann Bradley, who was a nominee again at this year's IBMA "Female Vocalist" category. "I have known her for a long time and I think we first met at a festival in Mississippi. I was floored by her voice. Dale Ann's an incredible talent. Her voice is gentle and effortless. She is a sweetheart," Lynch shared.
On her plans for the future, Lynch revealed that she has three different album ideas. "I am beginning to organize the songs for those and see where it lands me. I have another album to do with Compass Records and I would like to do a holiday project and I promised my fans to do a swing album," she said.
Particularly impressive about Lynch is that she was the recipient of the United States Artists Walker Fellowship in late of 2012. "They awarded $50,000 to 50 artists a year, and out of those 50, only seven were musicians, and I was among them," she said. "I had signed to Compass when it happened and that was really big and exciting news for me. It was a stamp of approval on my career from an artistic community at large, not just a music community. They are a wonderful organization and I am really proud to be associated with them."
Regarding the key to longevity in the music industry, Lynch stated, "It's like the tortoise and the hare. Slow and steady wins the race. Be patient and be true to your own artistry. Do not do songs that you do not believe in. Slowly build a fanbase and develop your reputation as an artist."
On her day-to-day motivations, she shared, "There is so much work ahead so I just try to keep up with what is on my plate. Having the new project ahead of me and the joy to play with the players that I have in my band is a great source of confidence for me."
Lynch showcased her gratitude towards her fans for all of the "beautiful letters" that they have sent her as an affirmation of her songwriting and singing. "I do like them I do love them. I hope they come and see us," she concluded.
For more information on bluegrass musician Claire Lynch, visit her official website.
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