Get to know the 19-year-old rising singer-songwriter Tatum Lynn!
Just last week on September 27th, she released her debut LP ‘With Me.’ On this collection, Lynn delves into suicide, heartbreak and more. Her voice shifts from breezy to soulful with undeniable grace. The result is an emotionally charged but brightly textured brand of pop music, equally built on bubbly melodies and deeply heartfelt lyrics.
Tapping a top-shelf list of collaborators — including Jon Levine (Dua Lipa, Alessia Cara, Andy Grammer), Lauren Christy (Rihanna, Bebe Rexha), John Fields (Demi Lovato, Jonas Brothers, P!nk), Andrew Wells (5 Seconds of Summer, Meghan Trainor), Stephan Moccio (Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd, Avril Lavigne, Celine Dion) and Michael Bland (Prince) — Tatum shares everything from feel-good dance tracks to life-affirming anthems to soul-stirring ballads, revealing the rare balance of thoughtful sensitivity and carefree spirit at the heart of her music.
At just 19, Tatum already has a long history of philanthropic endeavors, having founded the first of her non-profits at just 15 years old, Music As Therapy — a nonprofit dedicated to providing music therapy and musical instruments to kids in special-education classrooms throughout Arizona — and also Aztec Strong — a 300+ member suicide prevention club in her hometown. Tatum teamed up with a group called Teen Lifeline, and spearheaded an effort to have its suicide-hotline number printed on the back of every student ID in her district.
WATCH the infections, game show-themed lead single for “Later Baby XOXO”: https://youtu.be/0VZzn8ICwzU
Learn more about Tatum Lynn in the following All Access interview:
What does a typical day look like for you? What do you have scheduled the rest of today and this week?
Trying to fit in workout each morning and if I’m lucky, having time to treat myself to an acai bowl.
Answering fan posts and working on social media. As an independent artist social media is one of the most cost-effective ways to share your music.
I have been and will be visiting radio stations and TV stations. Trying to get my message out.
Working my nonprofit Music As Therapy and my friends at Gigi’s Playhouse.
Finishing my day with ice cream or cookies because I have the biggest sweet tooth known to man.
Now that we are more than half-way through the year, how has 2019 been treating you? What are some goals that you have had for yourself this year? How close are you to reaching them or did you already? What are you already excited about for 2020?This year so far has been a wild ride. From getting to work with many amazing producers and writers, to traveling and performing each week, you could say it has been a nonstop ride for sure.
In November I have the privilege to emcee for the 5th year in a row the “Music From The Heart” Rock Band Showcase for teens and youth with special needs. There are three shows that day showcasing 15 bands. My nonprofit is proud to sponsor three of the bans.
This year’s goals were primarily to finish and get my debut album, “We Me” released and start sharing my messages with the world. We are just about to release it and I couldn’t be more excited for everyone to hear my story!
I am most excited to start touring in 2020. I absolutely love performing life and can’t wait to meet and perform for new people!
Growing up, how important was music in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be in this industry? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?
I have always enjoyed singing and performing, but where I really got the bug was when I sang the national anthem at 15 at an Arizona Cardinals football game. To hear the roar of 65,000 people is something I will never forget.
It’s always hard to make big decisions like this but in my heart, I believe I have a message to deliver that is important to me. So, I am going to deliver that message and I am hoping that it will touch the hearts of those that need it!
Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what else could you see yourself doing? Would you be as fulfilled in life?
I have thought about working as a music therapies and working my nonprofit full-time. I am the happiest when I am singing and brightening someone’s day, so I would be singing as a music therapies to special need children and young adult. I was doing this as a volunteer before I started singing professionally and loved every of it minute.
What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career?
That it’s a hard business and the work you put in each day can be challenging but it is important and worth it in the end!
What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all? What has been the best part about it all?
The amount of work that is involved is marking your music through social media. Coming up with posts and communicating with my fans sometimes gives me anxiety. I just try to be myself and hope that my fans appreciate that! I have issues I deal with and problems each day just like them so if they can learn from be on how to deal with these issues we can learn together. The best part of this is that I my music and message can touch so many people with today’s technology.
Let’s talk about your forthcoming debut album, “With Me.” What was it like putting this collection together? Did anything surprise you about the overall process? How will you celebrate the release of the album on September 27th?
The biggest surprise was that took a long time to put this album together. There was a 14-month time period where I worked on the album and was not able to share my music with anyone. I wasn’t going to school and I always had to explain myself that I was working on music and wasn’t just loafing off.
I am going to be working on promoting the album through the 27th through the rest of this year until I start touring. So to celebrate, I will probably go treat myself to a acai bowl, cookies or ice cream!
What was it like working with all the different collaborators on this album? How did you get the chance to work with all of them on it?
Working with the song writers and producers was probably the most amazing experience. My manager, Ryan Wyler introduced me and help put together my team. When we were writing, we would get together and spitball ideas and have so much fun working together. I learned so much and will be forever grateful.
How do you think your single, “Later Baby XOXO” prepares listeners for the rest of your album? What was the inspiration for this track?
Later Baby, XO is meant to be a fun track that you would want to sing along and blast with your friends. And every girl needs a break up song right? But what I love about Later Baby, XO is that it’s not just about a breakup. The main message is to move on and that “forgiveness means to let go.” I think it prepares my listeners for deeper topics I will be talking about in my other songs on the album. Beyond thankful for Lauren Christy and Andrew Wells in creating this fun, catchy and uplifting song
Where can people see you perform next? Do you have any fall tour dates scheduled yet?
I will be promoting my album the rest of the year and hopefully will have the 2020 tour dates in the next 45 days. My next live performance will be in Napa Valley in Live in the Vineyard concert on October 31st!
How do you think you have grown as a musician since you first started making music?
I started recording when I was 15 and now I am 19, so you could say I have had the time to learn about my voice and the music I want to be singing! I’ve had the chance to learn more about myself as an artist.
How do you feel about social media? What has social media done for your career so far?
I have learned that social media plays a huge part in an artist career. It’s the best place to gain and talk with your fans. I still believe that social media does not define a person and sometimes you can worry too much about the responses. Even though I am 19 and probably should be an expert at social media by now, I am still learning each day on what’s the best way to use it as a platform for my career!
I would love to know more about your involvement with different charities. How did you first get interested in them? Can you talk about a few of them that are important to you these days?
There are two in particular that my nonprofit “Music As Therapy” works with, Higher Octave Healing and Gigi’s Playhouse. Both work with special need children and young adults. If you spend time with special needs children, you will come to realize that they are like angles from God. They love unconditionally and when they hear music, they receive the same joy that you and I do. Also, their families are wonderful as well. They are some of the most dedicated and loving parents you will ever meet. When you make their children smile, they smile.
Music As Therapy also works with nonprofits like TeenLife Line, who help trouble teens and young adults struggling from depression and thoughts of taking their own life.
Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you absolutely love to work with in the future?
I have always loved Justin Timberlake. He is a triple threat with his song writing, dancing and even acting. He is an artist that inspires me to be more than just a singer! I would love to work with Shawn Mendes and not just because I have always had a celebrity crush on him, but he is an amazing singer and performer that truly loves his fans.
If you had an unlimited budget and your schedule was free, what would your dream music video look like?
Oh I would LOVE to do a music video in Santorini Greece!! On the beach or even looking over the clear waters would be beautiful. This answer may or may not have been inspired because I just recently watched The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and it is my dream vacation, but that video would be amazing!
Where would you love to hear a song of yours played?
Everywhere! The other day some of my friends said that Later Baby, XO was being played at an amusement park and I was so excited!
At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?
I like to deliver positive messages of hope, love and that you are not alone. I want to share a positive vibe that hopefully helps them get through their day and toughest times.