Vessels of love come no bolder, brighter or more beautiful than multifaceted singer, songwriter, arranger and 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 graceful from sharing her vocal gifts at the service of world class artists such as Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Bill Withers, Phil Collins, George Duke, Barbra Streisand, Seal, Joe Zawinul to recording her own lovingly crafted projects Flow, Lady: A Tribute to Billie Holiday, and Spirit of Christmas. 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 many of Lynne’s influences and mentors, along with her freshly penned original soul songs that amplify and reflect precisely how those inspirations have shaped who she is today, as an artist and as a woman.
“My favorite part about the process of making this record was going back to the songs that shaped my love of music”. Lynne channels her influences throughout Power of Love. You hear touches of Michael Jackson, Brenda Russell, Natalie Cole, Minnie Riperton, The Emotions, Stevie Wonder and so many others that have had an impact on her view as an artist.
“There are so many great artist out there I ofter wonder, “how did I get here, and why now? At this point in my life, it’s all about purpose,” says Lynne who takes community seriously and realizes the influence that music has on the world. “I think I was put on this earth to send a message of love”.
“Groovy People” penned by legendary team Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff for the late, great Lou Rawls is the first song “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 love like or which religion they practice. Inclusion is the key and “singing with Lou Rawls was one of my first professional gigs.” Other classics are Minnie Riperton’s, “Lovin’ You”, and Memory Lane” as well as profound selections by John Lennon “Imagine” and Stevie Wonder’s “Ngiculela-Es Una Historia-I Am Singing”. “Tasting Sunshine”, written by Kimberly Brewer, former Wonderlove band mate, is a sexy song that bounces along and from groove to groove and you soon realize it’s all about good vibes and feeling good. “Daylight”, “Go”, “Walkin’ on Rainbows”, and the title cut, “Power of Love”, featuring Dave Koz are the originals that hold up under old school scrutiny, groovy and authentic.
St Louis Missouri-native Lynne Fiddmont graduated from Boston University. She also attended Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music where she was the sole recipient of the Sarah Vaughn Jazz Master’s Award.
Before moving to Los Angeles, she landed her first professional gig the Crusaders. Out west, she quickly landed a gig with Bill Withers and became an in-demand studio and touring singer – from “The Superbowl with Stevie Wonder to American Idol” to “The Grammys, “ and at the White House for President Barack Obama. In 2006, Lynne released ‘Flow’ on her own label, MidLife Records, followed by her loving salute to Billie Holiday, “Lady” and “Spirit of Christmas” 2012).
“Power of Love is a record, but it’s also my inner life from which I am making a clear and decisive pronouncement of the Power of Love”.