Vancouver alt-folk artist Sam Lynch is a wanderer and a restless mind, who sings her heart onto her sleeve by way of reflective, honest lyrics, and a nuanced, emotionally transparent live performance. She stands armed with a guitar and a voice that carries echoes from decades passed, yet still commands space in the current tapestry, garnering her comparisons to the likes of Feist, Phoebe Bridgers and Margaret Glaspy. The stark honesty in Sam’s writing translates a sense of immediacy to her stories: some very personal and detailed, others more sweeping and symbolic. Sam seeks out the sweet spots where vulnerability and strength meet, and where guarded hearts find companionship.
Born and raised in Surrey, BC, Sam spent most of her childhood finding comfort in escapism through the performing arts. However, as the story so often goes, artistic expression was often framed as auxiliary in comparison to the more tried-and-true post secondary and nine-to-five route, and her musical endeavors took a secondary role as a result. However, what was once a constant whisper intensified to an inescapable roar; upon returning from a five month solo journey through Europe in 2016, Sam fully surrendered to the magnetic musical pull that she had been resisting for so many years. Since then, Sam’s life has undergone a tectonic shift— she has spent her hours steadily developing her craft with quiet, deliberate focus, while also having the humbling opportunity to collaborate and share the stage with notable Vancouver artists, including Ashleigh Ball, Luca Fogale, Alexandria Maillot, Dom Fricot, and C.R. Avery.
In the months following the release of her debut single “Mess You Made” (which has since garnered over 150,000 digital streams) Sam has kept blissfully busy. Since June 2017, Sam has independently toured Western Canada (June/July 2017, with Emily Rowed and Cassidy Waring), as well as Germany, The Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden, and Norway (November/December 2017, with Alexandria Maillot and Laura Reznek), all while steadily building and expanding upon a loyal group of supporters, which includes both music lovers and industry peers alike.
The future is full of promise for this heartfelt, stubbornly curious artist, as she willingly sinks deeper into her symbiotic relationship with music and actively works to carve out her space in the Canadian musical landscape and beyond. The upcoming months are looking to be the busiest yet, with the release of her debut EP Light and Lines on May 25, 2018, followed by an extensive solo-tour of the East coast of Canada and the USA.