Who is Myra Flynn?

 

Singer/songwriter Myra Flynn spends her career embracing dichotomy. Half Irish and half African American, her original indie/soul songs blend soulful vocals with a lyrical delivery that doesn't let one get too comfortable. As the New England Deli Magazine puts it, "Her vocal influences have as much in common with Ani Difranco and Shawn Colvin as they do with Rihanna and Jill Scott."

Flynn spent her Vermont childhood clad in leopard print and platform shoes, singing and dancing atop anything that looked remotely like a stage. These days, not much has changed. She has since shared stages with:
Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Mike Gordon (Phish) , Gabrielle Gordon (Natalie Merchant), Sonya Kitchell, Rayvon, Res, Alexa Ray Joel, Slick Rick, Anais Mitchell and Lee “Scratch” Perry. 

Crooked Measures, her 2009 debut album, earned Flynn a solid spot in the singer/songwriter circuit as well as much deserved media recognition. She was named "Best Up-and-Coming Performer" by Seven Days Newspaper (2010 and 2011) and "New England Artist of the Month" by The Deli Magazine New England. She signed a six-month licensing deal with CBS Records and her original song "Feels Like the Sunshine" was used on the CW television show "The Beautiful Life" (produced by Ashton Kutcher).

Flynn’s sophmore album, For The Record, dropped August 5, 2011. Produced by Vermont singer/songwriter Gregory Douglass, the New England Deli Magazine said the new album is crafted with “a self-assured sense of commitment and what seems like another lifetime of reasons to sing.”

"For The Record is an album about everyone in my life but me. It's been an inspiring exercise to try to step out of my own perspective and kind of take on the role of the characters who shape my personal world,” Flynn said. “As a result, I think the album is far more edgy than Crooked Measures. I really dove in and tried to explore religion, sex, anger, love and even death. I hope listeners can relate at times, but I think it's also okay if they simply listen. If they listen closely, they may hear the musical grownup inside of me who has finally arrived. I'm pretty proud of her."


Half Pigeon adds a third album to Flynn’s catalog of original music, building on the critical success of her debut Crooked Measures (2009) and sophomore release For the Record (2011). Produced by Matt Bogdanow of Plushgun, Half Pigeon was recorded at Motherbrain studio (Brooklyn), and features guest appearances by Gregory Douglass and Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio). The album received a raving review from Seven Days Weekly saying: "At its most organic, Half Pigeon recalls hints of 2012 darlings Alabama Shakes, and at her very danciest, Myra Flynn seems almost to channel Janet Jackson in her badass prime. What is truly noteworthy is that Flynn is often capable of delivering on both ends of this scale in a single song — and with a unique voice and style to boot."

Never Mind the Mourning is Flynn's fourth body of work, recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Grammy Award winning producers Jared Lee Gosselin and Tony Ghantous. While Flynn has been known in the past for her more down tempo singer/songwriter work, this album is her first exploration in what she calls indie/pop. While the sound may be more pop, the lyrics are often not about what one might think they are as Flynn sneaks in themes of American ware fare, infidelity and domestic abuse between the sugary sounds. 

Currently, Myra Flynn lives a bi-costal life, still holding onto her roots in Vermont half of her year while also working and living part-time in Los Angeles under the guidance of Swift Street Management Team. She has created a jewelry line made from recycled piano parts and recently partnered with Vermont Vineyard, Shelburne Vineyard to create a namesake wine: FLYNN. She has toured the United States countless times as well as: Whales, London, Ireland and most frequently, Australia. Her motto regarding next steps and fame tends to be: "If you're doing it, you've already made it." 

 

 

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  • Emelin leon

    Emelin leon LA

    Hi Ms.Myra I'm in your inner city arts class.

    Hi Ms.Myra I'm in your inner city arts class.

  • Cynthia Fortin

    Cynthia Fortin Central Vermont

    Hi Myra! I used to be your science teacher as Miss. Gregoire! So happy for you! I wonder if you would like to emcee a fashion show to help raise money for the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice? I know Kim Farnum has already reached out to you and we wondered if you were interested! Please let Kim or I know! We are thankful for your consideration! Thanks so much! Cynthia

    Hi Myra! I used to be your science teacher as Miss. Gregoire! So happy for you! I wonder if you would like to emcee a fashion show to help raise money for the Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice? I know Kim Farnum has already reached out to you and we wondered if you were interested! Please let Kim or I know! We are thankful for your consideration! Thanks so much!

    Cynthia

  • Don F

    Don F Ontario

    Would love to see you tour in Ontario. If you like to read -try Charles de lint -he writes about your---magic

    Would love to see you tour in Ontario. If you like to read -try Charles de lint -he writes about your---magic

  • Livingston Scott

    Livingston Scott Fayston, Vermont

    Myra, I have a "community radio" show in Warren, Vt that does really well in my genre. My name is Livingston and I play an assortment of vibey music that feels good for me. I do a ton of research on whatever I share and I am hoping you might...have time. If you have time, I would welcome putting you on my show, live or phone in. Community radio needs artists. Liv WMRW "The Mad Lounge"

    Myra,
    I have a "community radio" show in Warren, Vt that does really well in my genre. My name is Livingston and I play an assortment of vibey music that feels good for me. I do a ton of research on whatever I share and I am hoping you might...have time.

    If you have time, I would welcome putting you on my show, live or phone in. Community radio needs artists.

    Liv
    WMRW
    "The Mad Lounge"

  • Susi t

    Susi t Burlington

    Discover jazz has you at Red Sq @ 7 and red Sq says 9 - tonight - which is it ? Love your voice and music - r you playing anytime with gripping on sax ? Thanks

    Discover jazz has you at Red Sq @ 7 and red Sq says 9 - tonight - which is it ? Love your voice and music - r you playing anytime with gripping on sax ? Thanks

  • Yo Mama

    Yo Mama Brookfield

    LOVE YOU, LOVE YOU, LOVE YOU! Take care of that instrument so we can get all the joy of your talents when you head home!

    LOVE YOU, LOVE YOU, LOVE YOU! Take care of that instrument so we can get all the joy of your talents when you head home!

  • Napoleon

    Napoleon Los Angeles

    I was telling my uncle Whit that I have decided to become a big time Hollywood producer. He reminded me that last week I was going to join NASA to be an Astronaut. I explained that making a person into a big time movie star are rock star required those skills. Everyone is reaching for the stars and moon these days. All I need now is to get a few clients to sign a contract and I would more famous than Leonardo DiCaprio, who owned Candy Land in that "Django" picture. (more Jokes) Seriously, Myra I really enjoyed your show. It was close up it had your personal touch. I am in love with your voice. I don’t know what it means to taste like a rose but your voice could become wine to my ear. Bear

    I was telling my uncle Whit that I have decided to become a big time Hollywood producer. He reminded me that last week I was going to join NASA to be an Astronaut. I explained that making a person into a big time movie star are rock star required those skills. Everyone is reaching for the stars and moon these days. All I need now is to get a few clients to sign a contract and I would more famous than Leonardo DiCaprio, who owned Candy Land in that "Django" picture. (more Jokes)

    Seriously, Myra I really enjoyed your show. It was close up it had your personal touch. I am in love with your voice. I don’t know what it means to taste like a rose but your voice could become wine to my ear.

    Bear

  • Napoleon Green Jr

    Napoleon Green Jr Los Angeles, CA

    I don't know what everyone else is saying, but I am tickled pink about the range of your voice. You are just what the doctor ordered . As my uncle Whit would have said look what the cat just brought in. (LOL) All you need is the right material and T minus 10, 9,8,7 and etc. blast off to the stars. Yea, by the way, I work in the Ursa Major and Minor constellations my friends call me Bear! "I got jokes!"

    I don't know what everyone else is saying, but I am tickled pink about the range of your voice. You are just what the doctor ordered . As my uncle Whit would have said look what the cat just brought in. (LOL) All you need is the right material and T minus 10, 9,8,7 and etc. blast off to the stars. Yea, by the way, I work in the Ursa Major and Minor constellations my friends call me Bear! "I got jokes!"

  • Kathryn Barickman

    Kathryn Barickman Burlington

    Heard you for the first time at the Lung Force Walk 6/25/15 at Oakledge Park. Thank you so much for being there and lending your talents and beautiful voice to the evening. It was the perfect blend of mellow and spunky and set the mood just right. So glad I got to hear you- I will look for you in the future and am downloading your music.

    Heard you for the first time at the Lung Force Walk 6/25/15 at Oakledge Park. Thank you so much for being there and lending your talents and beautiful voice to the evening. It was the perfect blend of mellow and spunky and set the mood just right. So glad I got to hear you- I will look for you in the future and am downloading your music.

  • Art Rovner

    Art Rovner South Burlington

    Ms. Flynn, I was down on Church Street at Leunig's tonight to listen to your trio. I must admit I was not previously aware of your talents, but I know Dave Grippo quite well, as my oldest son played in Dave's High-school Jazz band several years ago, and I have remained quite friendly with Dave. So I stopped to take a listen....... and was happily surprised at your artistry and the superb quality of your voice. I give you great kudos for your rendition of "Summertime", which I thought was beautiful and evocative. Bravo!!! I really enjoyed listening to you and hope that I will have the chance to hear you again in the near future.

    Ms. Flynn,
    I was down on Church Street at Leunig's tonight to listen to your trio. I must admit I was not previously aware of your talents, but I know Dave Grippo quite well, as my oldest son played in Dave's High-school Jazz band several years ago, and I have remained quite friendly with Dave. So I stopped to take a listen....... and was happily surprised at your artistry and the superb quality of your voice. I give you great kudos for your rendition of "Summertime", which I thought was beautiful and evocative. Bravo!!! I really enjoyed listening to you and hope that I will have the chance to hear you again in the near future.