Lynn Miles

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Not to be confused with Lyn Miles or Lynn Miles (activist).
Lynn Miles
Born Sweetsburg, Quebec, Canada
Origin Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Folk
Years active 1987–present
Labels Philo Records, True North Records

Lynn Miles (born Sweetsburg, Quebec) is a Canadian singer-songwriter. She has received multiple awards including the Juno Award and three Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Early life and education[edit]

Miles was born outside Montreal in the town of Sweetsburg, Quebec. Her father was a harmonica player and jazz fan while her mother listened to both opera and country music. Miles learned to play the violin, guitar, piano and flute during her school years.[1] She began composing songs at the age of ten and began performing at the age of sixteen. While in her twenties Miles studied voice with a private teacher and classical music history and theory at Carleton University in Ottawa.[1][2]


Miles became a voice teacher at the Ottawa Folklore Centre. Her first recording of original material was a nine song demo which she created in 1987.[1] In the early 1990s Miles released a self-titled album plus an additional recording called Chalk This One Up to the Moon. Her composition "Remembrance Day" became part of a nationally televised video created by the Canadian Armed Forces.[2] Miles' 1996 album, Slightly Haunted received favorable reviews in the New York Times and was a Billboard Top Ten Pick of the Year.[1] In 1997 she released the album Night in a Strange Town.[2]

Miles' reunited with collaborator and guitarist Ian LeFeuvre for her 2001 album, Unravel, which won the 2003 Juno award for Best Roots & Traditional Album of the Year: Solo.[2][3] Miles was nominated in 2005 for a Canadian Folk Music Awards.[4] In 2006 Miles recorded the album Love Sweet Love which was released in the U.S. on Red House Records. It was recorded with guitarist Ian LeFeuvre and Keith Glass, drummer Peter Von Althen, John Geggiem on bass, James Stephens on violin.[5] It was nominated for a 2006 Juno Award.[1][2][3] In 2009, the Art Of Time Ensemble featuring Sarah Slean recorded Miles' song, "Black Flowers."[citation needed]

Her 2010 album Fall for Beauty was nominated at the Juno Awards of 2011 in the Roots & Traditional Album of the year category.[3] Miles has re-recorded acoustic versions of her songs in a series called Black Flowers. The first two volumes were produced in 2008 and 2009 on her Cold Girl record label and later re-released by True North Records in 2009. A third volume was released in August 2012.[6] New York Times music critic, John Pareles wrote that Miles' music "makes forlorn feel like a state of grace."[7] In 2014 she produced the Lynne Hanson album River of Sand.[8]


Miles lived in Ottawa and Nashville, Tennessee before moving to Los Angeles in 1997.[1][2] She moved to Austin, Texas before returning to her home country of Canada.[6]


  • Lynn Miles, (cassette demo) 1987
  • Chalk This One Up to the Moon, 1991
  • Slightly Haunted, 1996
  • Night in a Strange Town, 1997
  • Unravel, 2001
  • Love Sweet Love, 2006
  • Black Flowers, Volume 1, 2008
  • Lynn Miles: Live at the Chapel, 2009
  • Black Flowers, Volume 2, 2009
  • Fall for Beauty, 2010
  • Black Flowers, Volume 3, 2012
  • Downpour, 2013
  • Black Flowers, Volume 4, 2014


  • Lynn Miles: Live at the Chapel, (DVD) 2007

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Lynn Miles Bio". Red House Records. Retrieved 11 April 2011.  External link in |work= (help)[dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f Hage, Erik. "Lynn Miles Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 14 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  3. ^ a b c "Juno Awards Database". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 10 April 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  4. ^ "Archives » Results 2005". Canadian Folk Music Awards. Retrieved 14 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  5. ^ "Love Sweet Love Credits". Artist Direct. Retrieved 14 December 2011.  External link in |work= (help)
  6. ^ a b "Lynn Miles Music". 
  7. ^ Pareles, Jon (20 April 1996). "Arts » In Performance;POP". New York Times (Arthur Ochs Sulzberger, Jr.). ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Retrieved 14 December 2011. 
  8. ^ "River of Sand". New Canadian Music. Retrieved 2015-11-05. 

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