So far, 2018 has proven to be a great year for new soul music releases. St. Louis, Missouri-native Lynne Fiddmont graduated from Boston University and also attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music then moved to Los Angeles, landing her first gig with the Jazz Crusaders. She became an in-demand studio and touring singer working with the likes of Iggy Pop, Kenny Loggins, Burt Bacharach, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Dave Brubeck, Rod Stewart, Patti Austin, Babyface and Stanley Clarke (among many) – from “American Idol” to “The Grammys,” and at the White House for President Barack Obama. In 2006, Lynne Fiddmont released Flow on her own label, MidLife Records, followed in 2010 by her loving salute to Billie Holiday, Lady, and Spirit of Christmas (2012).
The incredible Walter Beasley said “The most pure and honest sound I have ever heard.”
The wizard of Oz Stevie Wonder himself said “Lynne’s Music is Hot! She’s been mine for years, now she will be yours too.”
Fast forward to June 2018 – Lynne demonstrates why her longevity in this sometimes cruel industry has stood the test of time.
Power Of Love:
Vessels of love come no bolder, brighter or more beautiful than multifaceted singer / songwriter / arranger / producer Lynne Fiddmont. All that pours forth from her essence is compassion and creativity of purest purposed beauty. Over a career that has seen her glide gracefully from sharing her vocal gifts at the service of world class artists such as Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Bill Withers, Phil Collins, Barbara Streisand, George Duke, Barbara Streisand, Seal and Joe Zawinul to recording her own lovingly crafted projects Flow and Lady: A Tribute to Billie Holiday, Lynne generously ladles on the love, the laughter and the longitude in an artistic situation. Her fourth album, Power of Love, speaks to the many hues and dimensions of matters of the heart be it the brotherhood/sisterhood of global human existence or the slippery sensual space between lovers that shuts the world out like the most delicious of kisses.
Power of Love is an exquisitely balanced collection of hand-picked classic R&B covers that reveal some of Lynne’s influences and mentors, along with her freshly penned original soul songs that amplify and reflect precisely how those inspirations have helped to shape who she is today – as an artist and as a woman.
The first single is Lynne’s take on “Groovy People,” the Philly Soul finger-popper from `76 penned by legendary team Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff for the late, great Lou Rawls. Making the song more her own, Lynne takes the groove in a decidedly more Motown direction, even using Diana Ross’ background singers Valerie Pinkston, Lamont Van Hook and Fred White. She also puts a deeper spin on that pesky term “groovy.” “The way you live and the way you accept others’ way of living – with love in your heart – that’s what I’m calling ‘groovy’,” she states. “Not overly concerned about how people make a living, who they love, what they look like or which religion they practice. Inclusion is the key. I also decided to record this song because singing with Lou Rawls was one of my first professional gigs.”
Among Lynne’s original songs on Power of Love is the title cut, “Power of Love”, featuring Dave Koz on sax, “Daylight”, her second single, a feel good groove that blends old school influences like the Emotions and Michael Jackson with a fresh new sound, and the uplifting “Walking on Rainbows” which she all composed with longtime writing partner/co-producer Andrew Ford. “My Power of Love Movement deals with the inside and the outside. I recently went through the breakup of a 10-year relationship,” she says softly.
By far the standout cut that will make you say “whoa!” is “Memory Lane” where she delivers some of the sweetest vocals and the beat just straight knocks, there’s no other way to put it, but it doesn’t overpower Lynne’s spot-on vocals.