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Canadian Singer-Songwriter Lynne Hanson Has Released A New Single And Video 'Hold My Breath'

Photo Credit: Jen Squires.

Americana-roots rock-folk singer-songwriter Lynne Hanson has released her new single and video, "Hold My Breath," ! RIYL: Jason Isbell, Patty Griffin, Hayes Carll, Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, Mary Chapin Carpenter.

Too tough for folk and too blues-influenced for country, Lynne Hanson's brand of "porch music with a little red dirt" can turn on a dime from a sunshine, blue-sky ballad to a full-on thunderstorm of gritty Americana swamp from one song to the next. The award-winning Canadian songwriter is known for her high-energy, roots guitar-driven live performances, whether playing solo or with her band, the Good Intentions.

Lynne has performed in venues and festivals across North America and Europe. Over her 15-year solo career, Lynne has recorded seven studio albums, published a book of haiku in 2016, and released a book of poetry in February 2020 along with her latest full-length album release, Just Words. Lynne is currently recording a new album slated for release in 2022.


2020 Folk Music Ontario "Songs From The Heart" Blues Award

2020 Finalist LEAF New Song Music Songwriter (TBD October 2021)

2019 Nominated Johanna Metcalf Performing Arts Prize

2019 Blues and Roots Radio International Song Contest Winner

2019 Kerrville New Folk Finalist

2018 Canadian Folk Music Award with The LYNNeS (5) Winner: English Songwriter and Ensemble of the Year; Nominee: Contemporary Album, Producer, Vocal Group of the Year

2017 Indie Acoustic Project best Alt Country CD (Uneven Ground)

2015 2nd place finish The Indie International Songwriting Contest (This Too Shall Pass)

2014 Indie Acoustic Project best Alt Country CD (River of Sand)

2010 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award

2009 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominee

2009 Kerrville New Folk Finalist

2008 Mountain Stage New Song Regional Finalist

2006 OCFF "Songs from the Heart" Blues Award

Lynne Hanson is based in Ottawa, Ontario, she has released seven albums.​ After performing with Shane Simpson from 2000 to 2005, she launched her solo songwriting career with the release of her first album, Things I Miss in 2006, followed by Eleven Months (2008) and Once the Sun Goes Down (2010). Her fourth studio album River of Sand was produced by Juno-award-winning songwriter Lynn Miles, and released in September 2014 on Continental Song City by the Dutch record label CRS.

​In 2010 she was the winner of the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for her song "Rest of My Days" and in 2009 was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award in the New Emerging Artist category. Hanson was a New Folk Finalist at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas in 2009.​

She has toured across Canada and internationally as a solo artist. She has toured in Europe and the Southern US with fellow Canadian songwriter Lynn Miles, and the United Kingdom and Ireland as support for Grammy-nominated Nashville based songwriters Steve Forbert in October 2012 and Gretchen Peters in March 2012.

In 2014, she performed at the CBC Canada Day Songwriters' Circle.​Lynne also collaborates with Lynn Miles in the band project The LYNNeS, who released their debut album Heartbreak Song for the Radio in 2018. In 2018 The LYNNeS were nominated for 5 Canadian Folk Music Awards, winning English Songwriter of the Year and Ensemble of the Year.​Lynne's latest release ' Just Words ' was met with critical acclaim. It's her 7th studio album. Produced by Jim Bryson. Recorded at North of Princess, Kingston, Ontario and Fixed Hinge Studio, Ontario. ​

The song ' Higher Ground ' from the album was chosen as Blues & Roots Radio's International Song Contest 2019 overall winner by an international panel of jurors from the station based in Canada, the USA, the UK, Europe, and Australia.


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