Serena Lynn is a self taught singer and guitarist from Red Pheasant First Nation. Playing a mix of Country/rock and comfortable jumping genres and mashing up influences, she plays with a variety of musicians as she is looking for the perfect fit. This allows her to build her skills and learn from others as she grows as an artist. She now plays a wide variety of music and is creating her own original songs and sound! She enjoys meeting new people and singing for the youth and elders.
" We started as a cover band but, I started as a solo artist seriously in 2014 and then formed my band in 2016. I didn't want to be known as a cover band so I decided to write our own songs to be introduced instead of singing other peoples songs."
"In the beginning we started out as a cover band in October of 2016. Our cover song list consisted of ole classics from the 50's all the way to the 90's. Our selection of songs were handpicked by myself and various friends. Everyone we spoke to said my voice matched perfectly to these songs, in which, became the band gimmick, taking Country/rock classics and making them come alive again!"
Over the next six years, she played many gigs — with the occasional festival appearance — in the city of Saskatoon and many surrounding communities.
Serena is currently creating her first album. She started recording her songs in the Nebulous Entertainment studio up until COVID-19 and that put a damper on things but she has currently started to record once again. We'll keep you updated with the up-coming release of her album! It will be released here!
When I was ten years old, I was given a Loretta Lynn tape. I memorized and sang to myself as I did chores. She was a strong woman, good singer song writer, had a rags-to-riches story. She is the reason I wanted to become a singer. Lucky for me a relative lived with us and she had a massive tape collection. I would go through them. It seemed I was the only one interested in them. I spent a lot of time journaling, I always strived to have a tape recorder. I’d cut tapes, sing melodies in their singing acapella. These are my first music memories.
I remember a guitar in the back of the classroom in grade 5, I would wait until after school to strum it and make up songs to entertain my friends. I’d be cutting class to sneak to the stage in the gym where there was a piano. I never had lessons, I wasn’t exactly supported to follow music, I was always drawn to it. Music was my escape, I had to sing in secret, even when I was in residential school, Singing helped me through the loneliness. Singing karaoke at dance parties they had. I helped the girls overcome their shyness. I gave them songs to sing.
Early in the mornings you could find me alone on the fire escape singing, the girls at the residence told me their memory of me like that and they would wake up to hear me singing. I taught myself to learn guitar because it helps me in the songwriting process to convey what I want to say. To sing to the elders at the old folks' home and I’d go to every talent show I could find. I’d learn from the bands at open mics. As an indigenous woman I remember growing up in a small town and being lonely. Losing my parents as a baby and I know there are lots of kids out there with a similar story. I sing for them to know it’s okay, I know how they feel. Music saved me, it soothed me. I want to help my people through my singing. Songs are written on true experiences. Alot of tears have fallen on my guitar. Songs are based on things I go through in relationships.
A fight can turn into a song. Picking my guitar made me feel good. I hope I inspire other little girls to push themselves to play, sing and write what’s on their mind. Creating my own band with other musicians was a way to invest in myself and to be taken seriously. I want to make my First Nations proud of me. Living off the grid is going to help me be in touch with our ancestors and write about the effects of residential school, alcohol & drugs and suicide. I want to help our youth.
I like a wide range of music, when I was younger, I listened to a lot of opera, rap, rock, heavy metal, I am not just a Country singer. You can find me on Facebook and YouTube. I am currently working in the studio of Indigenous Cloud, they just recently opened. I have done half of my album at Nebulus Entertainment then COVID hit, so I guess I’ve changed too and I’m going in a different direction. My plan is to make a video so that is something to look forward to!
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