Since launching herself as an independent artist in 2014, singer and songwriter Sandra Lynn has established herself as one of country music’s sweetest rising voices thanks to a string of singles — “Afterparty,” “Bar Hoppin’,” “Hey California,” and her latest track, “Somebody Kissed Me At A Bar” — that reflect both her love for country music and her roots as a California girl.
Lynn’s contemporary country sound radiates with a subtle West Coast vibe. She grew up in a rural part of Chino, California, in “a neighborhood full of horses, horseback trails, and ranch-style homes,” Lynn says. “There was a dairy farm down the street from our house, next to my elementary school and church, and no shortage of cows everywhere.” Lynn has a clear memory of the first time she heard one of her favorite country songs as a child. She and her mother were in the car driving through Chino when Deana Carter’s languid ballad “Strawberry Wine” came on the radio. “She was singing about ‘the ‘hot July moon’ and the ‘green on the vine’ — all this vivid imagery that resonated with me on a very deep level,” Lynn says. “The loss of innocence in that song is so relatable. Whenever I hear it now it reminds me of times during my childhood when everything was more simple. That’s what I love about country music. The best songs are so powerful that they actually can define moments in people’s lives.”