Lynn performing at Beatbox in San Francisco, California – July 2013.
|Birth name||Logan Dennis Lynn|
|Born||October 15, 1979|
|Genres||Dance, pop, electronic, techno, alternative music, indie|
|Occupation(s)||Musician, writer, producer, filmmaker, television personality, LGBT activist, mental health advocate, chief communications officer, chief impact officer, public relations|
Logan Dennis Lynn (born October 15, 1979) is an American musician, writer, producer, filmmaker, television personality, mental health advocate and LGBT activist from Portland, Oregon.
Since 1998 he has released eight studio albums, and he is the former host of Logo's weekly music video countdown cable television show "NewNowNext Music". His eighth studio record, ADIEU., was released September 23, 2016. Lynn is also one of the lead characters of Last Meal Series, a show by the writers of Search Party on TBS channel.
In 2018 Logan Lynn partnered with actor, comedian and podcaster-turned-music producer Jay Mohr on a multi-media project titled "My Movie Star", which includes a short film by the same name and a double album of new material. The record premiered on Billboard on October 12th, 2018 and features collaborations with The Dandy Warhols, Jarryd James, Rian Lewis, Tiffany and others.
Lynn's charitable activism and advocacy includes his work as Chief Impact Officer for Trillium Group, where he founded the "Keep Oregon Well" campaign to eliminate social stigma surrounding mental health through music and the arts.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Music career
- 2.1 1998–2007: early career and first hiatus
- 2.2 2007-2010: signs with major label, drug overdose and rehab
- 2.3 2010-2012: splits with major label, second hiatus, charity work
- 2.4 2012-2015: return to the stage, mainstream exposure, Keep Oregon Well campaign
- 2.5 2016: "The One", Mental Health Advocacy, Pulse Orlando Charity Single, "Adieu"
- 2.6 2017 to present: Working with Jay Mohr, "My Movie Star", Portugal. The Man
- 3 Commercial spots, TV and film
- 4 Editorial work
- 5 Charitable work
- 6 Discography
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Lynn was born to William Dennis Lynn, a Christian minister, and Debra Lynn "Debby" Lynn (née Stockburger). Lynn's paternal grandmother, LaVanda Mae Fielder, was a piano and vocal instructor who worked out of her home. One of her pupils was a young Johnny Cash. Lynn's father was a traveling preacher and proponent of a Christian touring sermon series known as "The Strong Family Seminar". This resulted in Lynn's family living on the road for much of his childhood and later changing their permanent residence several times. In 1981, at the age of 2, Lynn and his parents moved from his birthplace of Lubbock, Texas to York, Nebraska, where they spent the next eight years. While in York, Dennis and Debby had a second son, Landon Lee Lynn (born September 1, 1984). In 1989, the family moved to Midland, Michigan, but returned to York for one year beginning in 1993. This was followed by brief stints in Jackson, Tennessee (1994–1995), another return to York (1995), Olathe, Kansas (1995–1996), and then his first arrival in Portland, Oregon in the summer of 1996.
Lynn's mother enrolled him in dance classes during his childhood. To encourage his interest in the performing arts, his parents converted their garage into a stage; he was involved in local choir and musical theater, and acted in numerous plays in high school. When Lynn was 7 years old he began suffering sexual abuse at the hands of a family friend who came to live with the Lynn family. The abuse occurred over a two-year period, ending when Lynn was 9. As a reaction to this abuse, many years later he would become an advocate for sexual assault survivors. Teachings from the church eventually led Lynn to develop a disdain for his fundamentalist Christian upbringing. As a teenager, he began listening to musical acts that were forbidden by his father. At 14, Lynn first acknowledged he was gay and left the church. Lynn attended York High School in York, Nebraska during his returns to that area in 1993–94, then transferred to Jackson Christian High School in Jackson, Tennessee before returning to York High at the end of 1994.
That summer, Lynn moved from rural York, Nebraska to Olathe, Kansas, a suburb of Kansas City, and befriended Jim Suptic, Ryan Pope and Rob Pope of The Get Up Kids at Olathe South High School from 1995–96 and spent much of his time in Kansas City. The party outlet led him to begin working as a DJ, and he started to write songs to help him cope with teenage angst and rejection after he moved to Portland, Oregon in 1996.
After high school, Lynn enrolled at Kansas City's Westport School of Art and Design in the summer of 1996 where he studied foundations in art. He then attended a summer art program in Portland and shortly thereafter he enrolled at the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).
1998–2007: early career and first hiatus
Two years after moving to Portland, Oregon from the Midwestern United States, Lynn had become friends with Portland music scene-makers The Dandy Warhols and Elliott Smith and other local bands who were just starting to take off in the mainstream. In 1998 Lynn released a lo-fi demo mixtape of his own work, This Is Folk Techno, made with a Casio SK-1. Still too young to perform in nightclubs, he began playing live house shows and performing at underground warehouse dance parties in Portland, sometimes solo and sometimes backed by musician Richard Cawley, who would later go on to form MarchForth Marching Band. Lynn later re-released the songs from This Is Folk Techno on his 2013 album Pull The Plug.
He was eventually granted a studio pass to create his first full-length album, GLEE, which was produced by Portland indie producer PFog and released on October 15, 2000. Lynn's first music video was made for the "Here We Go Again" single, shot and directed by Bryan White and Chris Tucker, and produced by Logan Lynn Music. The buzz around Lynn and sudden notoriety as a result of his debut onto the Pacific NW indie music scene did not mix well with his introverted composition and he became very reclusive amidst positive reviews and "crippling stage fright".
Lynn became addicted to cocaine and alcohol and retreated into Portland's underground party scene. This drug-fueled hiatus from public appearances or performances would last for five years, landing him in the hospital and drug rehab several times. GLEE was re-released in 2005, upon Lynn's return to the music scene.
His second, self-titled album had a darker, indie electropop sound and was self-released in 2006. The songs "Come Home" and "Burning Your Glory" were instant standouts when Lynn amassed a following on MySpace that same year. This led to playing in front of 400,000 people at the Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco with The Presets, Bob Mould and My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult. Lynn released videos for "Ring Around", "Come Home" and "Show Me The World", which was also included in the soundtrack for Mark Jerako's film Feeble In Fuchsia. All three videos were produced by Logan Lynn Music. Lynn opened for Storm Large in a sold-out show at Portland's historic Crystal Ballroom in November 2006 after winning a series of "Battle of the Bands" events sponsored by Rock Star Energy Drink.
In 2007 Lynn began working with a new producer, Carlos Cortes, and released a 5-song EP of new material titled "Clean & Stupid EP", with the single "Feed Me to the Wolves". Released on his own label, it was distributed by Devious Planet Media in New York City. Around that same time, Lynn stopped performing live with his original lineup of Damon Hays and Roland Williams and reworked his live show with producer Cortes.
2007-2010: signs with major label, drug overdose and rehab
In September 2007, Lynn had a feature showcase at Portland's MusicFest NW festival. Later that month he was contacted by The Dandy Warhols. Courtney Taylor-Taylor had heard his early work, attended his showcase at Portland's Musicfest NW festival, and offered him a contract with the band's new label, Beat the World Records. The Warhols re-released Lynn's previous efforts on the label in the form of a package called The Complete Collection in advance of releasing Lynn's new single. After being signed, Lynn returned to the studio and released a second EP, Feed Me to the Wolves.
Lynn's association with DList.com owner Daniel Nardicio landed him a gig playing a party during the 2007 New York City Gay Pride celebration. His performance was seen by a representative from MTV's Logo network. The LGBT-interest channel was interested in building its offering of artists and acts and recruited Lynn. They secured the rights to his music video for "Burning Your Glory" initially. It first aired on television in April 2007. After spending 2 weeks airing on "NewNowNext" the video spent 11 consecutive weeks on Logo's viewer-voted weekly music video countdown show "The Click List", landing at the #3 spot on the countdown in June 2007. In October 2007 Lynn's music video for his single "Feed Me To The Wolves" was premiered on Logo. The video was commercially successful with the network and online. Logo picked "Burning Your Glory" as one of the top 10 videos of the year in 2007. The following year, Lynn made his first TV appearance as host of Logo's hour-long NewNowNext countdown, in which he discussed his early life, influences, and career. Logo entered the "Feed Me To The Wolves" video into rotation on the series "NewNowNext" and "The Click List: Top 10 Videos" in 2008. The video was also featured on Time/Warner On-Demand for the month of October that year. Lynn's videos have been played on Logo, VH1 and MTVm as well as in commercial spots and hosting gigs for the Logo channel, since 2007.
During this time, Lynn overdosed on a mixture of crack cocaine and alcohol and suffered a TIA pre-stroke attack in 2008. He spent a large portion of the year in drug rehabilitation in St. Helens, Oregon. Lynn's stay in St. Helens stopped work on an in-process album for Beat the World Records and caused him to be let go from an in-process reality show with The Weinstein Company. While in rehab, ADD-TV nominated Lynn for Best New Artist and in two Best Video categories for the HX Magazine/ADD-TV 2008 "Pill Awards". He was released later that year and has remained clean. In September 2008, he was given his own showcase performance at Portland's MusicFest NW festival for the 2nd year in a row.
In 2009 Lynn's new album, From Pillar To Post, was announced, named for a phrase commonly used by his maternal grandmother. Lynn released a video for "Write It On My Left Arm" in August 2009, which was directed by Trip Ross and produced by Uncultivated Studios. He stopped working with producer Carlos Cortes and began performing with Portland indie glitch pop musician Cars & Trains. From Pillar To Post was released in September. That same year, URB Magazine ran a feature article on Lynn and the new record, writing "The singer/songwriter sets his heartfelt confessionals to the sound of blaring synths, driving drum rhythms, and pulsing basslines. Sonically adventurous yet possessing the pop sensibilities that lesser artists would forsake in the name of artsiness, Lynn is set to become the new golden boy of sensitive electro-pop."
Lynn was given his own industry showcase at the 2009 CMJ Music Marathon festival, where he performed with Portland indie pop outfit Cars & Trains as his backup. Leading up to this show, MTV Iggy wrote "Oregonian troubadour Logan Lynn backs his emotive vocals with glitchy techno, resulting in bare synth pop that's somewhere between Moby and Pedro the Lion. He's playing at New York's CMJ fest on Tuesday October 20th at midnight at the Bowery Electric." on their site alongside a post of Lynn's music videos. He also had a showcase at Musicfest Northwest in Portland, Oregon in 2009, his 3rd MFNW showcase in a row. In November 2009 Lynn released a music video for "Bottom Your Way To The Top", which was produced by Logan Lynn Music. The video featured Illustrations by John Parot from the Bravo TV Series "Work of Art: The Next Great Artist".
The release of From Pillar To Post coincided with a limited edition, 4-Volume Remix EP Collection of reworked, original songs from the main album. Titled Blood in the Water, it featured collaborations between Lynn and Styrofoam and Boy In Static as well as 16 other bands and DJs, which Lynn later re-released with new tracks as a double album in 2011.
Lynn recorded a cover of The Dandy Warhols' song "The Last High", which was produced by Bryan Cecil and released as a single by Beat the World Records/Caroline Records/EMI on January 19, 2010. The music video for "The Last High" single was directed by Rebecca Micciche and produced by Bystander Productions.
2010-2012: splits with major label, second hiatus, charity work
Under pressure from his label and management, late in 2009 Lynn completely reworked his live show from performing the electropop originals of his songs with Cars & Trains to post-punk versions of the tracks with Portland alternative rock group The Gentry. Lynn debuted this new lineup in a performance at The Dandy Warhols' Odditorium for CBS News, and he announced that he was leaving Beat the World Records in July 2010. He completed a Summer tour of the U.S. with The Gentry, canceled plans for a second leg of the tour and fulfilled his remaining contractual obligations to the label. He did not perform between August 2010 and his performance at Beatbox in San Francisco in June 2013. After leaving the label, it would take Lynn until February 2013 to obtain the rights to his name and work from EMI.
Following his departure from Beat the World Records, Lynn self-released the album he had been working on for the label, "I Killed Tomorrow Yesterday", on August 31, 2010 as a benefit for Portland's Q Center. All of the profits of "I Killed Tomorrow Yesterday" went to benefit the LGBTQ community the 1st year of its release. The record was co-written, produced and mixed by Bryan Cecil and was named Album of the Year in 2010 by QPDX, Just Out and other media outlets. Out Magazine wrote "Logan Lynn's emo-disco-pop blend has already made him a hit with gay guys who like to hear their lives — from the highs to the lows — set to music. His ability to capture melancholy and melody is really no surprise, given that the grandmother who taught him about music also taught a similarly emotional man, Johnny Cash." in an interview with Lynn.
In June 2011, Lynn's "Quickly As We Pass" video premiered on Logo and MTV to positive reviews in the press. The video was directed by Jeffrey McHale and produced by Logan Lynn Music. Because of the nudity in the video, Logo, MTV and VH1 rejected the first three versions of the video. A black bar-edited, censored version would appear on those outlets instead. In July 2011 David Byrne from Talking Heads was quoted in Chicago newspaper The Windy City Times as saying "Imagine forward-thinking Imogen Heap mentoring a DIY artist with the hipster sound stemming from Brooklyn. The end product would be 'Quickly As We Pass'...the song is very catchy."
In the fall of 2011 Lynn contributed a song, "Movies", to Live From Nowhere Near You (Volume 2). In December 2011 he released a free five-song digital EP titled Everything You Touch Turns To Gold made entirely of new, acoustic material co-written with indie pop singer-songwriter Noah Daniel Wood.
He released a new single "Turn Me Out" on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. The song was co-written by David Appaloosa from Portland band The Hugs, produced by Gino Mari, and recorded at The Country Club recording studios in Portland. In an article which contained an interview with Lynn and a review of the new single, The Advocate Magazine wrote "Somehow, a kid who grew up in a fundamentalist Christian church where even musical instruments were too secular to have around has developed into an innovative adult musician with a dirty-honest edge. 'Turn Me Out,' the debut track off his upcoming fifth studio album, Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks, is blunt, raunchy, and fun." In July 2012 Lynn released the "Turn Me Out" music video, which was directed by photographer Curtis Speer and produced by Logan Lynn Music. This video was again picked up by Logo for premier on the network's "NewNowNext" series, but the network canceled the series before it premiered. Lynn released the "Turn Me Out" Remix E.P. in August 2012 with the second single from the new record titled "Do You Want Me Or Not?" following closely behind in September. The "Do You Want Me Or Not?" single also included a new remix of "Turn Me Out" by 1980s synth-pop band Animotion.
In November 2012 Lynn produced and released a compilation record for charity titled "Comp 175" which featured 36 bands, 45 songs, and was sold for $15. 100% of the proceeds from this record go to benefit Q Center, which operates both the LGBTQ Community Center and the Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC) in Portland, Oregon. Artists featured on "Comp 175" included Lynn, Peaches, Matt Alber, God-Des & She, Magic Mouth, Scream Club, Christeene and others.
2012-2015: return to the stage, mainstream exposure, Keep Oregon Well campaign
He released a new 10 song album on December 4, 2012 called Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks. Produced by Gino Mari and recorded and mixed at The Country Club studios in Portland, the record featured collaborations with Los Angeles electropop band Father Tiger, David Appaloosa from Portland indie boyband The Hugs, Spencer Lee Carroll from DJ duo LackLustre, The Gentry, Rowan Wren, Noah Daniel Wood, and more. The album debuted at #93 on the iTunes Pop 100 to critical praise, and was named "Album of the Year" by multiple media outlets. A review in the Willamette Week read "Former Dandy Warhols protégé Portland electropopper Logan Lynn is back with 'Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks', a layered confection of shiny beats, blips and synths with more lyrical heft than the average dance-floor soundtrack".
In January 2013 Lynn released the music video for "Hologram", directed by Adrian Sotomayor and Aaron Bear. It premiered on Out Magazine's website.
In August 2013, he released a music video for his next single from Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks, "Everything You Touch Turns To Gold". The video was directed by Rowan Wren, who also sings lead vocals, and featured Lynn and Wren with metal sculpture work by Portland artist Christopher Truax. The video again premiered on Out Magazine's website and was picked up by The Huffington Post other media outlets from there.
In May 2013, Lynn held another public remix contest and released a second 5-song remix EP called Dance Alone featuring the winners. In June 2013, after taking a three-year hiatus from performing, Lynn headlined the Queer Music Summer Tour Benefit For LGBTQ Mental Health Services & Suicide Prevention alongside Big Dipper, Conquistador, Rica Shay and others in support of Q Center in Portland, the Ali Forney Center in New York City, the Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Center, The Stonewall Project in San Francisco and Pride Foundation in Seattle. Later that June, Lynn released Pull The Plug, a re-release of his lost 1998 mixtape This Is Folk Techno. In August he released Live from Seattle, a limited release recording of his July 14, 2013 performance at Seattle's Chop Suey venue.
In September 2013, Lynn released a cover of "We Can't Stop" by Miley Cyrus, produced by Gino Mari. New York Magazine called Lynn's version "dreamy, guitar-heavy" and The Huffington Post wrote that it was "bold" and "warmer" than the original. The lyric video for the song, made up of images from the preceding 15 years of Lynn's musical career, was watched over 750,000 times during its first 3 months on YouTube. Miley Cyrus went on to perform Lynn and Mari's arrangement of the song on Saturday Night Live October 5, 2013.
On Halloween of 2013 Lynn released a music video for the album's title track, directed by Kevin Forrest and Ben Starkey and produced by Hippodrome Films.
In April 2014 he released a limited edition compact disc version of his 2012 album "Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks" on his own label and played a showcase at Mo-Wave 2014, voted "Best Festival" by Seattle Weekly. In June of that year Lynn released the fifth single and music video from "Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks", titled "Radio Silent". Produced by Logan Lynn Music, the video was directed by filmmaker Runn Shayo and featured behind-the-scenes and live performance clips from Lynn's 2013 summer tour of the U.S. In an interview with Australian pop culture blog Tabloid Junk, Lynn confirmed that he was mid-process with a new album, planned for release in 2016.
On September 9, 2014 Lynn released the first two songs from his forthcoming 2016 album in the form of a two-song single titled "We Will Overcome". The single contained the title track as well as a song called "Break Me Down". "Break Me Down" spent 6 weeks in the Top 10 on Colombian pop radio, prompting Lynn to do many interviews and radio spots in the country, with Escena Indie en Colombia naming the track #2 in their Top 5 Songs of 2014 Countdown. The release of the "We Will Overcome" single was the first original music released by Lynn since 2012's "Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks". On September 30, 2014 Lynn released the "We Will Overcome" music video, directed by Andrew Carreon, and featuring vintage super 8 family film clips spliced together with studio clips of Lynn. The exclusive world premiere was hosted by Vortex Music Magazine.
Lynn appeared on the cover of the December 2014 issue of Proud Times Magazine. During the 18 page spread, Lynn was interviewed about topics including his longterm relationship ending, his work in mental health advocacy, his new album, and his recovery from drugs and alcohol. That same month, Lynn was also featured in Loud and Proud Entertainment Magazine.
In May 2015 Lynn launched the "Keep Oregon Well" campaign to fight stigma surrounding mental and behavioral health, working with Trillium Family Services and Alpha Media. The public education and advocacy campaign consists of multi-media efforts to raise awareness around issues of mental health, including a comedic web series, a pledge to end stigma, an annual community-driven mental health heroes awards ceremony and blog series, a social media toolkit, a community coalition, and an ongoing concert series. In its first year, Lynn's "Keep Oregon Well" concert series had shows with Walk Off The Earth, Of Monsters And Men, David Gray, Priory, Collective Soul, The Dandy Warhols, Charli XCX, Bleachers, Michael Franti, Matt Nathanson, Eric Hutchinson, Borns, Fiona Apple's band Watkins Family Hour, Vintage Trouble and other artists, actors, bands and musicians. Lynn interviewed many of the bands backstage before the shows about their own self care and experiences of mental health on the road, in their band, and in their personal lives.
In November 2015 Lynn announced that the second single and music video from his upcoming 2016 full-length album would be released on New Year's Eve. He also said that the record would be titled "Adieu".
2016: "The One", Mental Health Advocacy, Pulse Orlando Charity Single, "Adieu"
On January 1, 2016 Lynn and his longtime producer and collaborator Gino Mari released a new single called "The One". Lynn cited his friends and former labelmates The Dandy Warhols for being the inspiration behind the song's modern garage rock sound. Glide Magazine wrote "Logan Lynn has always had a knack for making danceable rock and pop and with 'The One' he shows that he can now confidently rock out with the same gusto" and UK music site The Sound Of Confusion wrote "Stylistically 'The One' sees a slight shift in direction for Lynn, whose past releases have been more electronic, whether it's veering towards the dance floor or creating hook-filled alt-pop. This first track from his forthcoming new album 'Adieu' sees him tackling garage inspired indie-rock without losing those catchy melodies and pop sparkle."
The music video for "The One" features both Lynn and Mari, and was directed by Grammy Award-winning musician and producer Matt Alber. With the release of "The One", Lynn also announced that his 8th studio album, Adieu will be released in Summer 2016.
In February 2016 MTV's Logo Network announced that Lynn would be taking over their social media to cover the 58th Annual Grammy Awards for the network's blog, NewNowNext. That same month, Paste Magazine released the album art for ADIEU. and Vortex Music Magazine released the liner notes, where Lynn writes about his ongoing struggle with depression, surviving suicidal ideation in the face of grief, and how he coped with persistent mental and behavioral health challenges. In an interview with Coming Up Music Magazine, Lynn addressed the album's subject matter, "This record was really tough to make, which is why it will be four years between albums. I lost my partner, I lost my dog, and I lost myself in the process of losing them both. My own mental health struggles tend to show up in the form of persistent suicidal ideation…so the record is a snapshot of that time in my life. It's about my mental health crisis, overcoming grief, and figuring out that love is still stronger than anything else, even in the face of extreme loss. It feels like the album I have been trying to make since 1998 when I started putting out records."
In June 2016, two days after the mass killing of LGBT people and their allies at Pulse Orlando, Lynn and Mari released a new charity single titled "Go There When You Want To Be Loved" in support of the families and survivors most impacted by the tragedy. Lynn and Mari donated 100% of the proceeds to recovery efforts with Orlando's gay community. In a feature story and interview with Myspace Music the week of the release, Lynn said "I'm a gay man, so I can't donate blood, even to save other gay men who are dying because they are losing their own blood, so it felt very much like I needed to do something other than sit on my hands. I wrote the song about feeling like I didn't have a safe place in the world; This feeling like I'm a man without a country, I'm a man without a place to go."
On July 1, 2016 the pre-order for Lynn's eighth studio album ADIEU. went live alongside a new single, "Can You Get Me Off?" This was the fifth of the fifteen new songs on the record to be released. Later that same month, Lynn and actor Jay Mohr shot an interview about ADIEU., Mental Health and more at iHeartMedia Portland. In a long-form review of the album published on Lynn's website, Mohr wrote "Logan Lynn's ADIEU is a victory for the broken bones and bruised hearts that support our heavy souls. Impossibly, yet beautifully, ADIEU makes no claims to anything other than a simple truth: Life is awful, until it's not. For anyone that has ever felt disconnected, unheard, under-appreciated or unrequited, this is the album to hold tightly to your chest. A+", about the record."
In August 2016 Lynn campaigned with Kanye West for "Keep Oregon Well" to raise awareness about mental health issues, including a statewide contest to send one of West's Oregon fans on tour with him for three days later in the year. West voiced a commercial spot for the campaign which ran on KWEE 96.3 FM in Portland during the contest. Lynn simultaneously ran a statewide contest with Keep Oregon Well for Z100 Portland listeners to join him in Las Vegas at the iHeartRadio Music Festival with artists including U2, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, and Drake. Lynn released his 20th music video, "Go There When You Want To Be Loved", on August 23, 2016. The video was produced by Molly Preston and directed by Kevin Forrest of Portland Film Works, and was premiered on Logo TV's "NewNowNext", which called the video "an experiment in unbridled joy".
On September 23, 2016 Lynn released his eighth studio album, ADIEU. In the September 2016 issue of Spain's Mondo Sonoro Magazine, ADIEU. was selected as a "red star new release" pick alongside Frank Ocean, giving the album 7 out of 10 stars. That same month, New Noise Magazine wrote that "Logan Lynn Brings Back 90s College Rock" in their review of the record. The September issue of Blurt Magazine gave the album 4 out of 5 stars, and NBC's "Live at 7" called the record "masterful" during a segment with Lynn and Mari. Lynn made appearances at the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas, and returned to the Pacific Northwest to perform an album release show with 101.9 KINK FM at Skype Live Studio in Portland. The show was featured in Willamette Week alongside a feature on Lynn and the old Portland music scene he grew up in with Elliott Smith and The Dandy Warhols. The piece was focused on the release of ADIEU., which the publication called his "most uncomfortable album yet".
Lynn was the subject of a feature story in the October 2016 issue of Innocent Words Music Magazine, in which they called him "a modern day Gene Kelly". Later that month Myspace named Lynn one of their "15 Artists We Love" and included him alongside Colbie Caillat and others in a special Halloween feature. The following month, in November, Lynn was featured in a York News-Times cover story called "Struggles Lead Logan Lynn from York to Fame", about his life growing up in the small Nebraska town. In December, Portland pop punk royalty Hutch Harris of Saddle Creek and Sub Pop band The Thermals published a story called "Just Visiting: A Brief History of Logan Lynn" in the Portland Mercury. In it, Harris wrote "Portland musician Logan Lynn is many things: a respected songwriter, mental health advocate, and LGBTQ icon. ADIEU. is a smart mix of alt-country and indie electronica, with lyrics that may be dark, but are ultimately uplifting. It may have taken decades, but he has finally found his true voice, and is far from saying goodbye. With ADIEU, Logan Lynn is really saying hello—to the world, to himself, and to the future."
On January 1, 2017 Blurt Music Magazine named ADIEU. as of the Top 10 Albums of 2016. Later that month, INsite Atlanta Entertainment Magazine picked the record as one of their "Top 5 Albums of the Year", stating "ADIEU. is quite possibly Logan Lynn's best album yet, as each song here builds on the next for an impressively cohesive set, ending in the brilliantly wry "Oh, Lucifer". Despite a mix of up tempo indie pop and more introspective piano tracks they fit together beautifully. Lynn continues to impress eight records into his career." On January 20th, 2017 Lynn released a music video for "Oh, Lucifer", Adieu's final track. Logo TV premiered the video and said "Logan Lynn Is reclaiming hell as a safe space for queers" and "skewers the religious right in a most devious way" about the release. The video was produced and directed by Kevin Forrest of Portland Film Works and stars Lynn and producer Gino Mari alongside a cast of puppets, including George Michael, Freddie Mercury and David Bowie. In the video, Lynn and Mari are seen saving LGBT youth from Rev. Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church and giving him electroshock therapy, freeing parishioners from murderous cult leader Jim Jones and putting Donald Trump in prison. Lynn released "Oh, Lucifer" on Inauguration Day in protest of the President Elect. ADIEU. was featured as "Vinyl of the Week" by Forestpunk music blog. In their review of the album, they wrote "Taken at the surface level, ADIEU would simply be another peppy, upbeat synthpop record – albeit a very good one – with sharp, tight arrangements and eloquent lyrics. Diving into the lyric sheet cracks the shiny veneer, revealing an unexpected darkness, as Lynn peels off his skin, to share his shredded nerves and modern-day anxieties, delving into the seamy, sleazy side of life, while sounding like a Threepenny Opera. The melodicism and catchy arrangements – like the toppling piano chords and pots-and-pans percussion of 'Go There When You Want To Be Loved' – are a perfect microcosm of what makes this album so exceptional, so unique, so palatable. Lynn laces the abyss with a wheelbarrow full of sugary Indie Pop."
In February 2017, Disarm Magazine named ADIEU. one of the 10 "Best Albums of 2016" and published a long review of the album, stating "Logan Lynn's double album is the defiant, insistent & powerful work of a years' long incubating process, a thoughtful self-interrogation that pulls light out of darkness and healing out of grief, addiction and pain with subtlety, nuance, humor, and lively melodies."
2017 to present: Working with Jay Mohr, "My Movie Star", Portugal. The Man
In March 2017, Lynn appeared on an hour-long episode of Jay Mohr's Mohr Stories podcast. Lynn and Mohr discussed music, addiction recovery, overcoming childhood trauma, and mental health at length, as well as a forthcoming Lynn album that was inspired by Mohr.
In September 2017, Paste Magazine broke the news that Logan Lynn and Jay Mohr had completed a new Logan Lynn record, titled "My Movie Star", which was co-Produced by Lynn and Mohr and is a collaboration between Lynn and T-Pain muse GLASYS. It was also announced that the album would feature collaborations between Logan Lynn and 80s pop star Tiffany, The Dandy Warhols, Jarryd James, DoublePlusGood, Stose, Rian Lewis and others.
In February 2018, Logan Lynn and Jay Mohr released the "My Movie Star" featurette, which made its exclusive premiere on BuzzBands LA. The short film featured three previously unreleased songs from Lynn's forthcoming album by the same name. Lynn credits Jay Mohr with inspiring the album, on which Mohr is a producer and co-writer.
On July 12, 2018 Billboard magazine published an exclusive feature story about Logan Lynn and Grammy Award-winning indie rockers Portugal. The Man going on tour together to promote mental health awareness. The partnership between Lynn and Portugal. The Man was also featured in Broadway World magazine, in addition to several other music news outlets.
Speaking about the band’s relationship with Lynn in a story about the tour in Street Roots, Portugal. The Man bassist Zachary Carothers is quoted saying "He’s just a guy we know and love. He talked to us, and we loved his vibe and loved what he’s doing. Honestly, it’s an issue that we see every day, which is not like a lot of the other issues that we stand for. This is something that we see on the streets, and honestly, something we see very severely in our own group quite often, especially with a lot of musicians. That’s why we wanted to get into it." In an interview on KOIN TV, Carothers said "Have you ever met this guy? Logan Lynn is great". PTM keyboardist Kyle O’Quin added, "He's great because he's open about talking about things and that's what we're trying to do."
On August 2, 2018 Earbuddy hosted the exclusive premiere of Logan Lynn and Rian Lewis' "Underground" music video. The short film was produced by Lynn and Jay Mohr and is a stop-motion animation piece created by LAIKA Studios-trained animator Adam Taylor.
Logan Lynn and Jay Mohr released two versions of the music video for "Nothing's Ever Wrong" on September 10, 2018 via Self-Titled Magazine. Starring Mohr, the video was written and directed by Lynn himself. The NC-17 Director's Cut featured full frontal nudity. The R-rated version featured backside nudity only. This is the first time Mohr had appeared fully nude in a film. In an interview with Self-Titled that ran alongside the premiere, Jay is quoted as saying "Logan Lynn is a loving artist. He knows he has doors to open that we can't close, so in ‘Nothing's Ever Wrong' he leaves out everything but what's there. The big change to the minor chords when he sings 'cause it's not my life'.... It shook me. I mean driving-and-crying shook me. It's so beautiful. Indescribably beautiful, but it's ominous for me... foreboding. Like if he goes any further it will break your heart; a door that can never be closed if he opens it." That same week the video was also featured on Just Jared gossip site in a story titled "Jay Mohr Goes Full Frontal in Logan Lynn’s New Music Video".
Lynn was interviewed in the September 2018 issue of The Spill Magazine and discussed his relationship with Mohr, saying "He and I love each other. We met a few years back and instantly connected, I was like ‘Oh my god you’re my person! Where’ve you been my whole life?’ and I know he has the same feeling. We’re just sort of inseparable, we see each other all the time." In their review of the record, Spill wrote “Gone are the days where artistry is synonymous with leading the conversations on the issues that we as a society have been pushing out of our minds. After years of struggles which include childhood trauma, depression, suicide attempts, and drug abuse, Logan Lynn finds himself in a position to do just that: to talk about those problems that most people don’t have the time or energy to care about.” In Self-Titled Magazine’s review of My Movie Star they wrote that the album was "his most intimate work yet…so spare and spellbinding it threatens to stop time entirely. Or at the very least, force you to put that mobile device down and actually listen."
On October 12th, 2018 Logan Lynn’s 9th studio album was released. In a review of the record, Billboard said “For nearly 20 years, dance-pop artist Logan Lynn has made a career out of crafting catchy, disorderly songs that almost all include big beats, fun melodies and cheeky lyrics. But on his latest album, My Movie Star, Lynn has traded in his signature sound for a more somber, melancholy tone — a dynamic new album consisting of Lynn’s new piano-driven songs and filled with remixes and covers by other industry greats.”
Commercial spots, TV and film
From 2006 when the channel first launched, Lynn has been featured on Viacom's Logo TV channel., including on the video countdown show NewNowNext Music, appearing in commercial spots, and having his videos played in rotation.
In 2007, filmmaker Mark Jerako used Lynn's "Show Me The World" on the soundtrack for his feature-length film Feeble In Fuchsia. In October 2010 "Feed Me To The Wolves" was used on the soundtrack for Episode 6 of Brandon Semenuk's show "Coastal Crew". In 2011 Mutiny Bikes used Lynn's "Velocity" for their "Battle Los Angeles" special on ESPN. Lynn's "Hologram" was used in "One Day With Jordi Tixier", a 2013 short-film featuring French motocross star Jordi Tixier.
The fashion house of Oscar de la Renta used Lynn's "Turn Me Out" for their Spring/Summer 2013 Men's Collection campaign. Designer Nicole Miller used Lynn's "The Last High (Y-Tron Remix)" for her Spring 2013 campaign.
In August 2015, CoverGirl cosmetics used Lynn's song "Turn Me Out" in a television ad, making its premiere at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards. In 2016 Logo premiered his music videos for "The One" and "Go There When You Want To Be Loved".
In spring of 2017 Lynn starred in Last Meal Series, a TV show from Two Penguins Productions and the writers of Search Party on TBS. The show's cast also includes Hutch Harris of The Thermals, Sabrina Jalees, Nicole J. Georges, Brent Knopf of Menomena and El Vy and many other Portland and LA-based artists and actors.
In January 2012, he began writing a weekly column for The Huffington Post and has published articles for HuffPost Gay Voices, HuffPost Green, HuffPost Healthy Living, Huffpost Celebrity and HuffPost Entertainment. He had a monthly column called "In The Trenches" in Portland's Just Out Magazine during its final incarnation, before closing its doors in 2013. He has also been a frequent contributor to The Portland Mercury and Moviefone.
In 2010, Lynn began doing Public Relations for Q Center in Portland, where he founded QBlog and the Queer Heroes NW Community Awards program. He was Q Blog's editor-in-chief until he left Q Center in 2014 to begin his work with Trillium Group. Since 2014 he has worked as chief impact officer on the executive team at Trillium Group, which operates both the Trillium Family Foundation and Trillium Family Services, Oregon's largest provider of mental and behavioral healthcare for children and families.
In 2017, the National Council for Behavioral Health awarded Lynn for "Excellence in Artistic Expression" for his music and for creating the "Keep Oregon Well" campaign to reduce the social stigma of mental illness through the arts. Lynn's other charitable work has included work for QDOC: Queer Documentary Film Festival, Fashion Design Camp, and the Sexual and Gender Minority Youth Resource Center (SMYRC).
That August, Logan Lynn announced that he would be leaving his role as Chief Impact Officer at Trillium Group to focus on music and TV projects after his Keep Oregon Well tour with Portugal. The Man was complete.
- This Is Folk Techno/Pull The Plug (1998)
- GLEE (2000)
- Logan Lynn (2006)
- From Pillar To Post (2009)
- I Killed Tomorrow Yesterday (2010)
- Blood In The Water (2011)
- Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks (2012)
- ADIEU. (2016)
- My Movie Star (2018)
- Clean & Stupid EP (2007)
- Feed Me To The Wolves EP (2007)
- Blood In The Water 4-volume limited edition EP collection (2009)
- Everything You Touch Turns To Gold Acoustic EP (2012)
- Turn Me Out (Remix EP) (2012)
- Dance Alone EP (2013)
- The Last High (2010)
- Turn Me Out (single) (2012)
- Do You Want Me Or Not? (2012)
- We Can't Stop (2013)
- We Will Overcome (Logan Lynn single) (2014)
- The One (Logan Lynn single) (2016)
- Go There When You Want To Be Loved (Logan Lynn single) (2016)
- Live From Seattle (2013) – out of print
- Live From Nowhere Near You Volume 2 (2011)
- Comp 175 (2012)
- AB//XO Volume 1 (2013)
- PDX Pop Now! (2017)
- Here We Go Again (2000)
- Ring Around (2006)
- Come Home (2006)
- Show Me The World (2007)
- Come Home (13 Puzzle Pieces Remix) (2007)
- Burning Your Glory (Empire Edit) (2007)
- Feed Me To The Wolves (2007)
- Write It On My Left Arm (2009)
- Bottom Your Way To The Top (2009)
- The Last High (2010)
- Quickly As We Pass (2011)
- Turn Me Out (2012)
- Hologram (2013)
- Everything You Touch Turns To Gold (Album Version) (2013)
- Tramp Stamps and Birthmarks (2013)
- We Can't Stop (2013)
- We Will Overcome (2014)
- Break Me Down (2015)
- The One (2016)
- Go There When You Want To Be Loved (2016)
- Oh, Lucifer (2017)
- Big City Now (2018) - My Movie Star Featurette
- Like Before (2018) - My Movie Star Featurette
- My Movie Star (2018) - My Movie Star Featurette
- Underground (2018)
- Nothing’s Ever Wrong (2018)
- Nothing’s Ever Wrong (Director’s Cut) (2018)
- This Time I Lost It All (2018)
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