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October 22, 2015
Williamson Herald features Savannah
Savannah Lynne’s musical journey strikes key note in Nashville
Singer/songwriter Savannah Lynne was born singing, at least it seemed that way. Ever since she can remember, she has had a tune on her lips from Disney songs to more recently her own tunes.
As a baby on the Hawaiian island of Maui where she was born, she made melodies before she formed actual words, recalled her mother, Tennille Melcher. And when the words came, so did the Disney songs.
Savannah performed the songs so well that her parents realized their little girl just might have a passion with the musical talent to match.
“I used to put mom to sleep singing Disney songs,” Savannah said.
When she turned 4 years old, Savannah began voice lessons. Now the 16-year old is singing, writing music with some of Nashville’s most notable musicians, performing all over the country and cutting her fifth album.
Two of her songs were included in the 2014 movie “Reach Me” starring Sylvester Stallone, and she has been named Female Country Teen Artist of the Year by the Indie Music Channel for the last three years.
“Having two songs placed in the Sylvester Stalone movie last November was an amazing experience,” she said.
Savannah began performing publically as a kindergarten student when she entered a talent show.
“I wanted to sing with a partner, but my best friend did karate,” she said. “So, I sang with a French girl who couldn’t speak English. We sang a cappella.” Growing up in Hawaii, Savannah was exposed to all types of music, although the sound of country music particularly drew her in and by the age of nine, she was writing her own country tunes.
“Every weekend, we drove up the mountain where my aunt lived. She had a horse, and she had country music blasting. I loved it,” Savannah said.
As Savannah approached her teens, her parents knew that to develop her talent, she needed more than the islands could offer. So they left paradise and moved to California.
In her new surroundings, Savannah picked up the guitar and started performing in venues up and down the west coast. Soon she was comfortable enough on stage to perform her own material.
Then in 2014, Savannah’s parents decided that she needed to be in Nashville where Music City could guide her talent.
With two dogs, one gecko, two completely full cars and a packed 18-wheeler, the family headed to Franklin – in February, in the middle of an ice storm with no cold weather clothes.
“When we arrived, it was hailing,” Savannah said. But that didn’t stop her.
She found every open-mike venue in Nashville and the surrounding area. Her talent and her genuine, sweet personality helped her meet people and make friends and some helped her expand her musical performance venues to encompass about a 10-hour radius of Nashville.
Since she began singing publically, Savannah has performed more than 300 acoustic shows at such iconic venues as The Bluebird Café as well as The Whiskey, Petco Park, Dodger Stadium, Staples Center, Kauffman Field, Douglas Corner, the House of Blues, the Williamson County Fair and the Tennessee State Fair.
She also sang the National Anthem at two professional basketball games and two major league baseball games.
“Every time – the home team won,” she said with a smile.
Savannah understands the importance of giving and has performed at Relay For Life, Semper Fi Fund - Injured Marines, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Pediatrics Reaching for the Cure. A member of the Songs of Love Foundation, she also writes personalized songs for terminally ill children.
Home schooling provided the flexible schedule that she needed to focus on her craft, while doubling her education workload enabled her to graduate in June 2015.
She plans to enroll at Columbia State Community College and pursue a business degree then transfer to Belmont University to work towards a music business degree.
In the meantime, she is writing with Roger Cook, Anthony Smith, Billy Falcon, Tom Douglas, Bobby Carmichael and Pete Salas.
“It’s been fantastic,” she said. “Bobby was the first writer I wrote with – he’s one of my favorites. It’s been a wonderful experience. I feel honored to be in this position to learn so much.”
Savannah grew up with traditional country but also identifies with country-pop.
“I sing my version of what’s popular, but when writing I write anything,” she said. “I focus my writing session according to the day and mood. I write about things going on in my mind.” Two weeks ago, Savannah released the single “Don’t Take Me the Wrong Way” written with Bobby Carmichael and her father, Adam Melcher. It will be on her new album Kiss it Goodbye, which she hopes to release in the spring 2016.
“I’ve never asked for help up to this point, but I wanted my fans to be a part of this project,” Savannah said.
Using a Kick Start fund at Kickstartmyalbum.com to help fund her latest album, Savannah is requesting contributions to help with its production. She has currently raised $8,565 from about 128 supporters.
For fans who can’t attend her live shows, once a month in her Franklin home studio, Savannah live streams a 45-minute show online at stageit.com.
“I plan on taking this all the way,” she said. “The world needs positivity.”
For more about Savannah Lynne or to purchase her music, go to www.savannahlynne.com.
By Carole Robinson • Senior Staff Writer