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Meet Hera Lynn

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hera Lynn.

Hera, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
Like a lot of little kids, I grew up taking piano lessons. It was the typical classical education: learning how to play Ode to Joy, Fur Elise, the usuals. But after I would finish practicing my classical songs, I wanted to keep playing. So I started making up the music of my own.

It started out as just piano parts, but eventually, I started writing lyrics to go along with the music. When I was 12, I wrote my first song. From what I can remember, it was pretty bad. But then, I wrote 100 more songs over the next few years, and eventually honed my voice as a writer. When I was 17, I moved to Boston to study Songwriting at Berklee College of Music.

I graduated early when I was 20, and then moved to Nashville to pursue writing full-time. I now co-write five days a week in the pop and country genres. My focus is writing for other artists – I like to be behind the scenes, helping artists tell their stories.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
The music industry is a hard one to break into.

You have to get used to being told no, and putting in a lot of work before you start seeing results. There are a lot of ups and downs on the way to building a successful career. Thanks to the incredible community in Nashville, and my friends and family, I’ve always felt supported throughout my journey.

I still have bigger artists I want to write with, and hopefully more opportunities in my future, but I’m thankful for how far I’ve come already.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I’m a songwriter. I collaborate every day with recording artists in Nashville and beyond. During the pandemic, I wrote virtually with artists from LA to Toronto to London.

As a writer, my strength is melody writing. I want every song I’m a part of to have a catchy, unique melody that listeners will easily remember.

In terms of your work and the industry, what are some of the changes you are expecting to see over the next five to ten years?
The music industry is ever-evolving. The way music is promoted and consumed will always be subject to change as the technology world advances (TikTok is a prime example of this).

In terms of sonically, I think music that is harmonically interesting is going to have a resurgence.

Over the last few years, pop music has relied heavily on loop progressions (using the same chords throughout the entire song), but if you look back at bands like The Beatles, they used harmony to their advantage to create a fresh sound that has withstood the test of time.

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