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  • Heavenly tunes

  • Dr. Lynda Lynn, formerly of Pittsburg, has just received her 16th award for songwriting from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

    She and her husband, Bud Lynn, currently live in Branson West.

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  • Dr. Lynda Lynn, formerly of Pittsburg, has just received her 16th award for songwriting from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
    She and her husband, Bud Lynn, currently live in Branson West.
    “We have a studio/cottage in Eureka Springs, Ark., where Lynda writers her music,” Lynn said.
    The ASCAPlus Award recognizes not only her songwriting and public appearances but also radio, television and Internet radio achievements.
    Selection was made by the ASCAPlus Awards Panel, which includes Peter Filichia, drama critic for the Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger; Brian Mansfield, Nashville correspondent for USA Today; Peter Keepnews, staff editor of the New York Times; music journalist Melinda Newman; and Pat Prescott, radio personality who co-hosts the morning show on KTWV in Los Angeles.
    “I’m thrilled to be a part of such a professional and respected community,” Dr. Lynn said. “It really doesn’t get any better than this.  To be honored by ASCAP is significant because it gives me credibility as a songwriter but most importantly I know that our Lord is showing me that I am working for Him.”
    She grew up in St. Paul and moved to Pittsburg with her family in the mid-1960s and attended St. Mary’s Colgan High School. Her mother, the late Pauline Bradshaw, operated a boarding house for students near Pittsburg State University until her death in 2006.
    She met her husband when he came to Pittsburg to attend PSU.
    “I was lucky to meet Lynda there in Pittsburg,” Lynn said. “We think a lot about living in Pittsburg and Lynda still has relatives there. We travel back for family get-togethers and holidays.”
    The couple moved to Branson after he graduated from PSU in 1968 with a bachelor of science in education in speech and drama. A former high school teacher, Lynn had a 34-year career at the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor Theater.
    Dr. Lynn began writing music in 1992. Her first song, “Ozark Mountain Christmas,” became a Branson holiday classic.
    Her songs have been sung by numerous Branson artists. Barbara Fairchild’s recording of Mrs. Lynn’s “Little Boys &  Little Toys” chartered No. 1 on Radio Active Airplay and is currently No. 2  on Tuneville Express Internet radio.
    “Jesus IS There,” a current release by the Blackwood Singers, charted in the Top 40 for several months on “Christian Voice Magazine’s” major gospel chart.
    She and her husband have performed her patriotic songs “One Voice” and “The Soldier’s Prayer” for Branson Veteran Days, the Jefferson City Capital, on the grounds of the Thomas Jefferson Homestead for the Patriot’s Field of  Dreams and for Dr. Gregory Thompson’s America Asleep Know More. Their recording of “The Soldier’s Prayer” has been No. 1 on many gospel charts across the nation.
    Page 2 of 2 - Dr. Lynn has produced five CDs. The most recent one, “Reach Out for Him,” features 20 of her songs recorded by Branson artists as well as by her and her husband.
    The couple has just returned from the American Music Guild convention in Fort Mill, S.C., where “Jesus Is There” was nominated by AMG in the top 12 of 12,000 entries.
    “Writing for the Lord Jesus has been a heavenly ride with the ‘icing’ of the Lord’s anointing which is pure joy,” Dr. Lynn said. “Bud and I are God Guys on the road for Jesus.”
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