Barbara Lynn Doran
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Barbara Lynn Doran

Whitby, Ontario, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2008 | SELF

Whitby, Ontario, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2008
Solo Country Pop




"Barbara Lynn Doran plays concert in the park series"

Summer's most memorable moments happen in parks, and in late July, it once again proved to be true. Barbara Lynn Doran recently released her album called Love From All Sides, and shared her songs with music lovers of all ages as part of Whitby's Concert in the Park Series. Taking place at Grass Park in Brooklin, the free concert welcomed pint-sized tots and older siblings, parents, grandparents, friends, neighbours and more. But it wasn't just a solo performance by Barbara Lynn. The Whitby-based singer had a special guest join her on stage, welcoming her son Matthew. Some may recognize him as he has made many appearances as a member of the 2013 Brooklin Mini Idols. To learn more about Barbara, visit - Snap Whitby

"New Music From Brooklin's Barbara Lynn Doran"

WHITBY -- Barbara Lynn Doran has a nice problem: things are going so well in the singer/songwriter’s personal life that there’s no drama which she can use to inspire a tune.

“I’m happily married and that’s been one of the biggest challenges as a writer,” says the Brooklin resident. “I’m not used to writing happy songs.”

But her new disc, Love From All Sides, features at least one, With You, the only song on the disc she wrote herself, about her musician husband Matthew.

“I’m starting to transition to the happy stuff,” she quips.

She’s also transitioned to a place where she belongs, more on the country side of pop music.

“I really tried to go a little more to the country side,” Doran says of the material on the disc. “It’s something I didn’t realize until later in my career, that this is where I needed to be.”

She jokes that she doesn’t have a country twang, but Doran possesses a pure voice and her singing seems effortless. The songs on the disc are “all about love, mostly relationships and not all of them mine.” The liner notes state the songs are about "new love, content love, love gone wrong, abandoned love, forever love and so on." Tonight, a duet, started out as “just a simple love song,” but turned into one about committing yourself to another person. Forgot to Love Me is “very melancholy.”

You can hear Doran and her band as part of Whitby’s Concert in the Park series on July 24 at 7 p.m. in Grass Park, 41 Baldwin St., Brooklin.

And you can also see her son Matthew, 12, as he’ll be doing six songs. He wanted to do more and she had to remind him that, after all, it’s her gig.

“My son’s a singer too so we’re working on stuff for him,” Doran notes.

She says Matthew is a part of the Brooklin Mini Idol program and “has a tonne of confidence.”

With daughter Keira showing an instrument in percussion, she says a family band might be in her future.

Doran’s own musical roots began with family at around Matthew’s age, as she first plinked on her grandfather’s piano, a man who she says played by ear and who could play anything. All of her uncles, mostly on her mom’s side, are also musicians and “they’re all amazing.

“We’re all horse and music people,” says the Scarborough native, who works at the family business, J and F Trucking, in Ajax.

Doran grew up on classic rock and has sung many different genres of music over the years.

“I like to challenge myself to sing lots of different styles; it makes me a better singer,” she says.

And several trips to Nashville have helped make her a better songwriter. Doran is a Nashville Songwriters’ Association coordinator and this year was named one of its ‘Ones To Watch’. She was a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and a finalist in the Great American Songwriting Competition.

She collaborated with Murray Daigle on all but one of the Love From All Sides songs, with some other hands in the mix as well, and he also produced the record. Doran notes that like herself Daigle comes from more of a pop background.

“You’ve got to be very flexible to co-write with other people,” she says, noting if there’s no give and take “it just doesn’t work.”

Doran won’t pass on a big break if it comes along, but becoming a better songwriter and maintaining her integrity are paramount to her.

Visit her website,, where you can find links to buy her music. - Durham

"Music Review's Sound Check"

Scarborough, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto may not seem like the place from which a country singer would emerge, but that is exactly the case with Barbara Lynn Doran.

Citing a diverse range of artists among her favourites; Olivia Newton John, Madonna, Tori Amos, Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, it was the country influences which ultimately won out with Doran.

Doran likes her country slower. Her voice seems best suited to a country song laden with emotion.

Cuts such as Innocence and Little Misunderstood are among the best of a solid six-song debut disk.

On her website Doran notes that Little Misunderstood is in large part autobiographical. "This song is my life in a nutshell. I've always been misjudged and misunderstood and I thought it was a great title for my first single," she explained.

Doran is like a lot of country of singers these days, musically solid, but not exactly offering something which completely knocks your socks off. That said, this is a disk which holds promise of being the launching pad of a new star in terms of Canadian country. - Yorkton This Week

"Barbara Lynn Doran performs in Saskatoon"

The 2012 PotashCorp Country Music Week's Diamond in the Rough Showcase will feature a rising country star at the Radisson Hotel next Saturday.
Barbara Lynn Doran will be in Saskatoon for Country Music Week, and just recently released her new single, "Maybe I'll Fly".
She performs at the Aroma Resto Bar Saturday, September 8th at 7 thirty. - Saskatoon


Top 5 dmds download. - Canadian Country Aircheck

"Canadian Beat"

Also new this week, Barbara Lynn Doran has dropped a brand new single as well. Released on October 4th, Doran’s new single “Half Hearted Love” has been released digitally and to radio. “Half Hearted Love” is the first single from Doran’s brand new upcoming album Reveal. “Half Hearted Love” is rocking, edgy, and gives a good insight on what to expect from Doran’s new album. Check out the song for yourself on iTunes or make a request at your local country station. - Dutch Bickell


Little Misunderstood (released in Canada) Oct 2009.
Take It Slow (released Oct 2010
Currenty receiving spins on Canadian Country Radio

Self Titled EP
Barbara Lynn Doran 2010

New Single to be lauched Feb 2012, "Forgot to Love Me", co-written by Canadian number 1 writters, Angelo (Levi) Themelkos, Murray Daigle and Rachael Bawn.

"Maybe I'll Fly" released to Canadian Radio Summer 2012

"Love From All Sides" spring 2014  CD




With an energetic voice that demands to be heard as well as honest, soulful lyrics meant to tear at the heart strings, Brooklin, Ontario-based country singer/songwriter Barbara Lynn Doran unleashes an auditory feast for her fans, giving a deep, raw, emotional energy that meets in between the most electrifying country songs and the strong, heartfelt power ballads of classic rock.

For Barbara Lynn music is so much more than a performance. It is the gateway to her soul that exposes her true self, turning her pain into something beautiful, and her love into a reminder of what truly matters in this world.


Always one to push herself forward in the name of music, Doran has amassed a number of significant accomplishments over her career. Along with recording three albums, she has most notably been placed on the Nashville Songwriters Association’s 2014 “Ones To Watch” list, has been a semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition for two years in a row; a finalist in the Great American Songwriting Competition; and was part of the first round ballot nominees in four categories at the inaugural Country Music Association of Ontario Awards.


Barbara has also shared the stage and worked extensively with Juno-nominated songwriter Robert Laidlaw, one of her top supporters. Additionally, she also served as a coordinator with the Nashville Songwriter’s Association, giving back to the musical community that has helped her over the years by organizing songwriters workshops for Canadian-based artists seeking to hone their craft.


Barbara Lynn has always had a connection with music, starting at an early age with the influences of her family, in particular a grandfather who could play almost anything on the piano by ear and many uncles who were gifted musicians. From there Barbara Lynn, raised in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough, looked to a number of alternative rock musicians, the Cranberries, Tori Amos, and Holly McNarland to name a few, as inspirations for her early songwriting. While the country influence has been in her background for much of her life, heard around her family’s trucking business or being a regular listener when the more contemporary artists began to rise to prominence, it wasn’t until developing her 2010 self-titled debut album where she found that country was the perfect sound for the songs that she had written with legendary producer Murray Daigle.


From that there was no turning back. She continued to push herself forward in the country music world so she could better grow as an artist. Trips to the country capital of the world, Nashville, were frequently filled with songwriter events and collaborations that constantly renewed her energy and spurred on her creativity. Made once again in collaboration with Murray Daigle, her second album, 2014’s Love From All Sides, is a full exploration of her fully developed country sound featuring no shortage of foot stomping, energetic instrumentals.   


While all of her works feature a common thread of Barbara Lynn’s unabashed and total honesty in who she is, these expressions of her true self are reflected the most in her third full studio album, Reveal. Recorded in 2016 in Nashville under the supervision of noted record producer Larry Beaird, the album is a continuation of her previous works in their remarkably true-to-self lyrics, but her sound is more refined and uniquely hers, signalling the many years spent performing and perfecting her music.


The album has been influenced to some degree by some painful times for Barbara, including a set of circumstances preventing her from continuing her second love, horseback riding. However, there’s also been a lot of love in the form of her ever-supportive family and musical connections that have encouraged her to stay the course and follow her heart. With these elements contributing to a personal evolution, Reveal is true to its title in that it reveals Barbara Lynn Doran to her listeners and herself in a way that is both personal and universal.


After an incredibly busy touring schedule this year, and with many more dates both provincially and internationally on the way, Doran seeks to take her pure creative talent to their very limits...and just keeps going.


That’s easier said than done, of course. But then again, Barbara Lynn Doran wouldn’t have it any other way.


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