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Rising Stars: Meet Briana Lyn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Briana Lyn.

Hi Briana, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
I am a Country Pop Singer-Songwriter, Session Singer, Host, and Commercial Actor based in Los Angeles. Currently, I’m in the studio recording my original music, with my single “It Won’t Satisfy” to be released in June 2021. While in Minneapolis, I had opportunities to sing the national anthem at the Target Center as well as various venues across Minneapolis as a soloist and as a guest artist with other bands. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2019, I’ve sung at venues across LA and Southern California including The Dresden and Molly Malone’s Irish Pub. I am a classically trained vocalist and pianist and received a Bachelor’s in Music from North Central University in Minneapolis, MN. I record vocals and voiceovers for musicians and various projects out of my home recording studio in Studio City. A few years ago, I released an album of lullabies titled “Lullaby Trio” where I showcased one of my original songs, “Ladybug”, along with some other Disney songs. I am extremely versatile and experienced as a session singer and can do Dolly Parton sound a likes. My singing styles include Country, Pop, Disney, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Classical. To learn more about me as an artist, go to my website www.brianalyn.com. I’m currently a podcast host for VQS Studio, a Los Angeles Creative Studio for Creators to share their art & stories with the world. The podcast is focused on mindset and leadership tools for today’s influencers and entrepreneurs. I also am a guest host on VQS studio’s YouTube Vocal reaction video channel.

Along with my performance career, I am a professional vocal coach & keyboard/piano instructor. I taught choir in a private school for four years, as well as became a Certified Yamaha Music instructor with the Yamaha Corporation. I own and operate Briana Lyn Studios, a multi-teacher music studio serving both LA & Minneapolis. www.brianalynstudios.com

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road to getting to where I am hasn’t been easy. I would say the biggest thing I had to grow in over the years is building healthy mindsets. Growing up in the Midwest, people are very practical and there’s not as many artists and creators out there. I felt like an outsider for so much of my life because I knew I wasn’t going to be doing conventional 9-5 work. I always knew I wanted to move to Southern California, but my biggest challenge I faced was HOW to get out here doing it the smartest possible way. I’ve lived very unconventionally most of my adult life, doing things almost completely the opposite as most people. For me, I’ve always just walked my own path and have had to learn to not care what people think.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I own and operate Briana Lyn Studios, a multi-city, multi-teacher music studio serving LA & Minneapolis. I’m a pop-country singer-songwriter as well as a session singer. I love songwriting and collaborating with other songwriters. In the next few months, I’ll be releasing my own original songs. I just finished recording three songs in the studio, two of which are my own originals and one that I’m a guest artist on for some well-respected songwriters in Los Angeles. I’ll be continuing to record my original music in the studio now through the end of the year. I am also a host for a podcast as well as on IG live where I interview Los Angeles based artists each week. I can sing like Dolly Parton! I still need to do a sound-like demo of her songs but the songs I’ve recorded of hers, people all say you sound just like her!! I am very proud that I can record music in my home music. During the pandemic, I self-produced a voice-over demo as well as a session singing demo. I think what sets my songs apart from others is that they have a timeless, vintage vibe about them. Since I grew up in rural Minnesota in a small city of 6,000 people, I’ve got this classic, home-grown, genuine personality that makes me different than a lot of other people especially here in LA. I’m also a commercial on camera actor signed with Coast to Coast Talent.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
I was very strong-willed and determined. I have always had a strong work ethic and worked hard in school to be successful. I was very active, playing tennis competitively all throughout my growing up years through High School. I was one of those people on a Friday night that would stay home to practice music instead of hanging out with friends. I had this fire and passion to be the best I could possibly be musically and I wasn’t going to let anything or anyone stop me. I did some acting in community theatre which was always something I loved and wished I would’ve put more time in. Throughout high school, I was actively involved in All-state choir, did many 4 part acapella groups, jazz ensembles, played in piano contests and festivals and was in a pop-rock band.

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Sarah Hurley Mack and Rob Flate Photography

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