“Follow your instincts, You have feelings for a reason” 5 Lessons from Musician Kristen Lynn

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kristen Lynn from Kristen Lynn & The Foxgloves, an eclectic jazz, folk band that just released their brand spanking new album, Lonely Girl. You can check them out on Spotify, iTunes and at www.KristenLynnMusic.com.

What is your “backstory”?

I’ve been playing music ever since I can remember. Growing up with two piano’s in my household and two musician parents it was in my blood. I ended up going to college for acting, since I didn’t want to be just like mom and dad…but music came back into my life. I was on tour with a comedy show and in between shows I was song-writing and immersed in Jam Sessions all over the country. Once I came back to LA and found my awesome band, it was music all the way. Now after releasing our second album, I’m so grateful to be just like mom and dad!

Can you share the funniest or most interesting story that occurred to you in the course of your music career?

I wrote my title song, “Lala” (from the first album) while driving across Nebraska, playing my banjolele and driving with my knees. Side note: I do not condone this behavior.

What are some of the most interesting or exciting projects you are working on now?

Finding true love. Fixing my leaky refrigerator. And booking a tour for our newly released album, “Lonely Girl.”

Who are some of the most famous people you have interacted with? What was that like? Do you have any stories?

Yes, one day Carol Burnett called me! So I wrote her letter saying thank you for paving the way for women in comedy…(since I was performing a lot of comedy at the time) and a few days later she called me on my cell. I also ignored her call twice since it was coming from a blocked number, thinking it was a bill collector…the third ring I finally answered, Thank god. She said, “My dear I received your letter and thank you so much for your kind words..” She then said, “How old are you, you sound like a teenager”..I told her, “I sure act like one.” she then says, “That’s the ticket my friend…don’t every stop, and don’t ever give up on your dreams, just keep going no matter what!” Well Ms. Burnett, I sure am. She then sent me an autographed photo in the mail! I look at it every day.

Which people in history inspire you the most? Why?

Louis Armstrong…He was my favorite singer as a little girl. First of all his voice made me laugh. But then his songs made me cry. I wanted to learn how to do that. You could feel his heart when he played and sang. I used to imitate his voice as a kid…I can still do it!

What would you advise to an aspiring artist who would like to emulate your career?

Be you! Be who you truly are to the core, because what makes you who you are is what people want to see. Believe and never give up!

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

I believe in inspiring young artists. I teach music to kids and volunteer at the children’s hospital. I would like to bring goodness to the world with each song we put out there. We hope it makes you feel.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. Please share a story or example for each.

1. That when you move to Los Angeles, apartments don’t come with refrigerators. Be prepared to buy your own and fix it when it’s leaky.

2. Make sure to have a second show outfit for your fiddle player just in case he slept in his first one the night before. (Seriously Stephen!) He didn’t even take off his bowtie!

3. Follow your instincts. You have feelings for a reason. (Don’t be that guy in the scary movie that says “Let’s split up to cover more ground.”)

4. Have a clear vision of what you’re bringing to the party as an artist. What do you have to give this world?

5. Be happy! Do other things that are fun that have nothing to do with your art and career!

Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why?

I would love to meet Ellen. It is so inspiring how she is always reaching out to help and heal the world. I also love her dance moves (who doesn’t) and her positive out look on life. It is just amazing to look back at her career path starting from her hilarious stand-up (Hi God?) all the way to where she is now. But the coolest part about Ellen, is that wherever she was in her career, she was always completely her positive, fun self. The way she makes people feel is truly an inspiration. She gives hope. I would love to drink tea, eat dark chocolate and laugh with her!