Richard Lynch - Interview
The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are the Music Makers.' Richard Lynch's album "Think I'll Carry On" was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Album in the Country music category.
What got you into music?
My Daddy was a great country music singer and entertainer. Country music was a big part of my childhood and household. I thought everyone enjoyed country music, sang and played, listened to country music on radio and TV My Daddy, Woody Lynch got me into country music, he did it, that's what I wanted to do.
What is your favorite part about being an artist? Is it songwriting, performing, recording, something else?) Tell us why.
I love performing for people who appreciate my country music but it also gives me great pleasure to perform with many of my country music heroes and feel they enjoy being on shows and recording music with me as well. Country music artists such as David Frizzell, T Graham Brown, Leona Williams, David Ball, Penny Gilley, Rhonda Vincent and more.
Can you tell us what being in the recording studio is like for you?
It is satisfying to see my songs that start out on paper become a real piece of art, musical art. It can be challenging for me to have my vocals where I want them to be on these recordings, because I want the best product on these recordings and I want to be as good as these world class musicians on my sessions are.
I also learn something, a lot at every session. It is a thrill to be in the studio and create the magic of a good song.
As a songwriter or musician, are there any obstacles you have had to overcome or obstacles that you are facing right now in your career?
While everyone is facing the obstacles we have now with the ongoing pandemic and restrictions we have. It is frustrating to me to have some really great music that my audiences love and cant get mainstream airplay of it. It is a different time to get music on radio airwaves.
Who do you admire most in the music scene today and why?
I admire Dolly Parton. She has created a business empire around her Appalachian background. Despite the fact her music will never be heard on mainstream radio, she still puts out music that her fans desire.
To date, what do you think your best song is? Can you describe the song for us?
I feel my best song to date is Starting Now, it is diverse, different than anything that is out there and it tells a very real poignant story about someone with addictions turning their life over to the Lord.
Are you working on any new material right now or what's in the works for the upcoming year?
I am working on new songs as we speak. I plan to go into the recording in the next month and get a new album out by the end of the year.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
My website is a good place to start.
About Richard Lynch Richard Lynch is a Waynesville, Ohio-based country music artist, who has compiled a long list of country hits and chart toppers in the world of traditional country music. His single, "A Better Place" topped the New Music Weekly AM/FM country chart, the IndieWorld Country Record Report, and spent an incredible 32 weeks atop the Roots Music Report True Country chart.
His next 4 singles also topped the country airplay charts, including a duet with Grammy Award Winner, Rhonda Vincent. Richard's single, "Country Music Isn't Country Anymore" went Top 25 on the iTunes Canada sales chart. His single, "Pray on the Radio" received Christian radio airplay and charting, also reaching the US iTunes Single Sales chart. Lynch has appeared on WSM Radio Nashville, RFD TV, Fox TV, and countless other media outlets. Richard is a member of the Ohio Country Music Hall of Fame, The Independent Country Music Hall of Fame, and he is a Billboard Magazine Emerging Artist. He is also the host of "Traditionally Lynch," airing on TV and radio, and he's the founder of the Love Tattoo Foundation for veterans.