"Going on tour with Phil has been a wonderful experience," says Fiddmont. "I’m deeply entrenched in music right now The European leg of the tour is over; the North American side of the tour begins on August 26 and continues until September 30. But on the night of the August 22nd, in my home town, I finally get to perform for my loyal fans and family." Fiddmont continues, "The St. Louis audience will be the first to hear songs from my solo project. I can’t think of a better place to launch my solo career."
The release of Flow, a collection of ten melodic, jazzy soul songs, is set for release early next year. "Flow is the developing philosophy for my life right now," Fiddmont explains. "As things occur, you can either fight them or go with them, figuring out solutions and making the best of a challenging situation." This philosophy was truly put to the test with her recent change working as a duo (Linsey) to a solo recording artist.
Singing has been a way of life from the very beginning. Raised in Richmond Heights, Missouri, her whole family sang, so she never thought anything special about it. "It was just a part of life," she said. Fiddmont’s youthful performances were limited to garage bands and jams, but when she sang "Home" as "Dorothy" in a high school production of The Wiz and received a standing ovation for her efforts, she began to take her "gift" a little more seriously. Her original musical goal was to clock dollars as a session and jingle singer, and eventually become a singing/songwriting star like Lionel Richie, or a songwriter for hire like Dianne Warren.
While writing songs, young Lynne also sang with local bands in coffee houses and at talent shows. Her first professional break came when Wilton Felder of The Crusaders heard a tape of her singing. Suddenly she was touring the country with The Crusaders, singing Randy Crawford staples such as "Street Life" and "One Day I’ll Fly Away."
Fiddmont graduated from Boston University majoring in public relations. One day while singing in Boston, a Berklee faculty member offered her a scholarship. She seized the opportunity to cram in every class she could at the prestigious college of music-the jazz, rock AND recording ensembles-then moved to Los Angeles in 1985. Gigs with Bill Withers (on the reclusive legend’s final "Watching You, Watching Me Tour") and Lou Rawls led to a lengthy association with Stevie Wonder."
Fiddmont is now enjoying the process of creating and promoting her music and herself. She got the push to pursue her own first album while in the middle of one of her voice-for-hire gigs. "I was recording some radio station i.d’s for ‘The Wave’ and Jeff Koz (Dave Koz’s brother at Hum Music). The program director Paul Goldstein happened to be there. After listening to me sing a few takes, he said, ‘Wow, if you do a record, I’ll play it!’"
Fiddmont explained, "I hope everyone enjoys my labor of love; it’s been a long time coming, but I’m ready to let the world know I’m standing here alone, and ready to give it my very best."
For additional information about Lynne Fiddmont, visit her website at FynneFiddmont.com ) . Check out Fiddmont’s debut solo CD, Flow, in stores early next year.
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