When her two little feet first
stepped onto the stage of her family-owned theater in Mathews, Virginia,
at only two years old, Lynda Smith couldn’t have realized the chain of
events that were set in motion that night. The audience adored her
and she became the youngest member of Virginia’s Li’l Ole Opry. The
song? “Daddy’s Little Girl”
Whether at the theater, local
fairs and festival, concerts, or church services, Lynda literally grew
up on stage with every phase of her life being placed to music. When
you see her perform and hear the sweet fullness of her voice, you can almost
see it, but but it’s only when you look into her bright hazel eyes that
you truly understand what music means to her. It’s as natural and
essential as breathing.
Ever since her first major
solo concert at age 10, Lynda has planned and executed hundreds of concerts
and became the only local artist to sell out regional concert halls.
Why? Well, one could chalk it all up to talent, but that wouldn’t
quite tell the whole story. Her creativity, desire for perfection,
attention to detail, and sheer determination are what has gotten Lynda
Smith where she is today.
Today, in addition to performing
an uncountable number of concerts, Lynda has released four self-produced
recordings (and is currently working on her fifth), written numerous songs,
established a fan club with hundreds of devoted followers, and performed
several lead roles in highly acclaimed musicals. With all that under
her belt, you’d think it would have been enough to keep one person busy,
but not this ball of energy.
After graduating high school
in 1992, Lynda wisely decided to follow her parents’ advice: “Go
to college”. So, in December 1997, after five years of study in her
field of Communication, Lynda found herself with an honors degree, a dream
of becoming a star, and a big decision to make.
After some deliberation,
that decision was made. Once some money was saved (the practical
Capricorn) and once she could say farewell to her fans, she was moving
to Nashville. And that she did.
Lynda met and started working
with a wonderful publisher there (who is also from Virginia) and now enjoys
the freedom of living in Virginia, working in music with her band, and
traveling back and forth to Nashville for performances, demos, meetings,
and other business matters.
“My mom asked me if I could
be happy getting a regular job, settling down, and singing on weekends
with my band. I told her I could be very happy doing that, but not
until I had tried my best to make my dream come true”, Lynda says.
Her dream. To think,
it all started with one song, “Daddy’s Little Girl”. And she still