Sandra Lynn Invites Country Fans to Enjoy Her ‘Afterparty’
Sandra Lynn brings the fun with her new single, 'Afterparty.'
The California native has been back and forth between her home state and her adopted home of Nashville for much of the last year, working on new music as a follow-up to her self-titled debut EP, which was produced by Jay DeMarcus from Rascal Flatts. She worked with producer Ross Copperman -- whose credits include Dierks Bentley and Brett Eldredge -- on 'Afterparty.'
"When I was going into the studio with this last round of new songs, I wanted to go in with songs that sort of carried a theme of fun in relationships," Lynn tells Taste of Country. "I sat down with Ross Copperman and he loved everything that I was thinking, and he actually shared the song with me."
Copperman co-wrote the song with Nicolle Galyon and Jana Kramer. "I loved it the first time I heard it," Lynn recalls. "I was like, 'This is what I want.' It's a little bit edgier, it's fun, it's upbeat, and melodically I just fell in love with it, as well as lyrically. So I was like, 'We've gotta go into the studio with this.'"
The song offers a very positive take on relationships, married to an uptempo contemporary pop country track.
"You're going home with the person that's your best friend, and the person that you love, at the end of the day, and spending every day with them," Lynn explains. "This is the person you want to do this with for the rest of your life. No matter what you guys are doing together, you're having a really good time with this person. So I think it's a really fun way of saying, 'This kind of love is my afterparty with someone.'"
It's a little bit edgier, it's fun, it's upbeat, and melodically I just fell in love with it, as well as lyrically.
She says Copperman's take on the material was essential, helping her bring her disparate influences -- which include straight country acts like Faith Hill and Sara Evans, as well as singer-songwriters like Michelle Branch and Jewel -- into one cohesive sound that is her own.
"He had some really great ideas. He's very fresh and current in tracks and different ideas that he comes up with on the production side, and it was really cool to me that he not only was an artist, he's a musician and producer," she explains. "It was all three things. I felt like he was able to really push me as a singer, and pull things out of me, because of his vocal background, and then just the ideas that he brought to the table. He played guitar, and did some of the programming and overdubbing, and just the way he relays things to musicians was amazing."
'Afterparty' was just released at the end of November and is already gaining traction on Sirius XM's the Highway, where Lynn is making a concerted effort to get fans to call in and ask for the song even more. "That's really our focus right now, and then in the New Year I'd definitely like to continue honing in on my sound, and going in the studio, and continue writing and hitting the road with some new music," she says.
Though she's a new face to many country fans, Lynn is a veteran live performer.
"I started singing and performing from a young age, so I've always been used to being in front of crowds or onstage performing in different capacities," she relates. "I love being onstage. It's sort of a place of comfort for me, where I feel like I can connect with an audience and a crowd, and something that I'm always striving to do is, do more of these shows."
I love being onstage. It's sort of a place of comfort for me, where I feel like I can connect with an audience and a crowd.
"I played for over 3000 people at an outdoor amphitheater, and I'm opening for Kenny Rogers, and it was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is amazing!'" Lynn exclaims. "It's exciting for me to be able to sit on the side of the stage in awe, watching Kenny through his whole set, and having everybody in the crowd rolling. I feel like it's such an honor for me to get to learn from a living legend like that."
Lynn has just released a lyric video for 'Afterparty.' Take a look at that clip below, and keep up with her online on Twitter, Facebook or her official website. 'Afterparty' is available to download at iTunes.
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