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Lynn Miles

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  • Born: Sweetsburg, Quebec, Canada
  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s


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Canadian singer/songwriter Lynn Miles, who is known for her plaintive singing and melancholy muse, is often compared to the likes of Shawn Colvin and Lucinda Williams. The Ottawa native entered Carleton University with the intention of studying music, but soon dropped out to write songs and perform at the bars and coffeehouses of Canada's capital city. She independently released a self-titled debut and Chalk This One Up to the Moon in the early '90s. Her song "Remembrance Day" ended up being featured in a Canadian Armed Forces video that depicted the losses of war and was televised nationally. In 1996, Miles released Slightly Haunted on Philo Records. The effort ended up as a year-end Top Ten pick in Billboard Magazine. (New York Times critic Jon Pareles has also praised Miles' forlorn songcraft.) Miles moved to Los Angeles in 1997 and the following year released Night in a Strange Town. Around that time, she also did a guest vocal on fellow Canadian Fred Eaglesmith's Lipstick, Lies & Gasoline album (on the track "Drinking Too Much"). For 2001's Unravel, Miles reunited with longtime collaborator, guitarist Ian Lefeuvre.


Lynn Miles (born Sweetsburg, Quebec) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She has received multiple awards including the Juno Award and three Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Early life and education[edit]

Miles was born outside Montreal in the town of Sweetsburg, Quebec. Her father was a harmonica player and jazz fan while her mother listened to both opera and country music. Miles learned to play the violin, guitar, piano and flute during her school years. She began composing songs at the age of ten and began performing at the age of sixteen. While in her twenties Miles studied voice with a private teacher and classical music history and theory at Carleton University in Ottawa.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).


Miles became a voice teacher at the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Her first recording of original material was a nine song demo which she created in 1987. In the early 1990s Miles released a self-titled album plus an additional recording called Chalk This One Up to the Moon. Her composition "Remembrance Day" became part of a nationally televised video created by the Canadian Armed Forces. Miles' 1996 album, Slightly Haunted received favorable reviews in the New York Times and was a Billboard Top Ten Pick of the Year. In 1997 she released the album Night in a Strange Town.

Miles' reunited with collaborator and guitarist Ian LeFeuvre for her 2001 album, Unravel, which won the 2003 Juno award for Best Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo. Miles was nominated in 2005 for a Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2006 Miles recorded the album Love Sweet Love which was released in the U.S. on Red House Records. It was recorded with guitarist Ian LeFeuvre and Keith Glass, drummer Peter Von Althen, John Geggiem on bass, James Stephens on violin. It was nominated for a 2006 Juno Award. In 2009, the Art Of Time Ensemble featuring Sarah Slean recorded Miles' song, "Black Flowers."

Her 2010 album Fall for Beauty was nominated at the Juno Awards of 2011 in the Roots & Traditional Album of the year category. Miles has re-recorded acoustic versions of her songs in a series called Black Flowers. The first two volumes were produced in 2008 and 2009 on her Cold Girl record label and later re-released by True North Records in 2009. A third volume was released in August 2012. New York Times music critic, John Pareles wrote that Miles' music "makes forlorn feel like a state of grace."Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).


Miles lived in Ottawa and Nashville, Tennessee before moving to Los Angeles in 1997. She moved to Austin, Texas before returning to her home country of Canada.Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page, but the references will not show without a {{reflist}} template (see the help page).


Lynn Miles: Live at the Chapel, (DVD) 2007
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Date Venue Location Tickets
04.26.14 Black Sheep Inn Wakefield, QC Canada
06.24.14 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR US