Lynne Taylor Donovan‘s interest in music began when she was very young and by her very own admission, it was an interesting beginning. One of her first songs was “Drinking Shirley Temples and Eating Cherry Pie”.
Lynne got her first guitar when she was just 9 years old and began writing songs shortly afterwards. At the ripe old age of 16, she had her own TV show on a cable channel in Vancouver. The “Lynne Donovan Show” ran for 12 weeks.
Lynne’s first big break came in 1980 when she released a cover of the Gene Pitney song “Half Heaven, Half Heartache” in the UK. It was picked up by the BBC. Back home in Canada, Lynne performed as a solo artist until 1985 when she became part of the top 40 cover band “The Cynics”.
In the late 80s, Lynne teamed up with DMT Records and began releasing a series of singles. “Don’t Make Me Lie” became a top 10 single in Canada, the video received extensive airplay on CMT and several TV appearances followed include the national “Jimmy Ferguson Show”. Lynne went on to tour with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and release more singles, until DMT Records closed down in 1992.
Through a chance meeting, Lynne teamed up with Gord Bridgewater and formed Lynne Donovan Music in 1994 and latterly Pacific Records. She recorded and released the songs “Angel In Your Eyes”, which was to become one of the most successful songs of her career.
Lynne has opened shows for Loretta Lynn and Alan Jackson. She has also performed extensively in her native Canada – but has also toured the UK. In fact, Lynne was named Female Entertainer Of The Year at the British Jukebox Awards 2006.
The videos to her songs have been shown in many countries including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Greece Kenya and Ireland.
Lynne’s music is available to download from all the popular download sites.
In the summer of 2021, Lynne released the single “Tennessee Whiskey”.
“Lynne is truly one of the top shelf singers in her genre, and the kicker is, she just keeps getting better…. She has filled opening slots at shows with stars such as Alan Jackson, Wynonna Judd and Loretta Lynn… hugely successful Euro-UK #1 hit “Strong One”… Artistic freedom has never sounded so good…. The reigning queen of indie country music has a knack for finding a way into the hearts of her global fan base.” – Jamshere Magazine
“Artists like Lynne Taylor Donovan are the reason that pop music never gets stale…. in Tennessee Whiskey, we’re forced to come along for the ride in what is my personal choice for breakout single of the year.” – Camden Monthly Magazine, UK
“Lynne Taylor Donovan offers her rendition (of Tennessee Whiskey). And in doing so it proves to be the perfect blend of balladic sensitivity and sweeping country cool.” – Dave Frankin, UK
“The passion and spontaneity that drive this song (Tennessee Whiskey) are unparalleled, and the quality of the production is a great match with Lynne Taylor Donovan’s flow and delivery. There is something quite special about this release, and Lynne Taylor Donovan is a true professional at channeling some of the best country-pop influences out there.“ – Bandcamp Diaries, Australia