Lynda Lynn, Branson, Mo., songwriter and former Pittsburg resident, has been honored for the 14th consecutive year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).



The ASCAPlus Award is presented to writer members of ASCAP who have a substantial amount of performances of their songs by themselves and/or other artists.

Lynda Lynn, Branson, Mo., songwriter and former Pittsburg resident, has been honored for the 14th consecutive year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

The ASCAPlus Award is presented to writer members of ASCAP who have a substantial amount of performances of their songs by themselves and/or other artists.

Lynn had more than 500 presentations of her songs during 2010 on stage, in churches and for television and radio programs.

“This award is significant because ASCAP is the most credible society in the music industry,” she said. “It really doesn’t get any better than this. The award gives me credibility as a songwriter, but most importantly I know that our Lord is showing me that I am working for Him, that I am doing this for His glory.”

Lynn grew up in St. Paul, moved to Pittsburg in the mid 1960s with her family and attended St. Mary’s Colgan High School. Her mother, the late Pauline Bradshaw, operated a boarding house for students near Pittsburg State University for nearly 40 years before her death in 2006. Part of a large, loving family, Lynn still has sisters and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews who live in the Pittsburg area.

She and her husband, Bud Lynn, met when he came to Pittsburg to attend PSU.

After his graduation in 1968 with a bachelor of science in education in speech and drama, the couple moved to Branson. He taught high school for a time before working at the Shepherd of the Hills Outdoor  Theater.

His 34-year career there included playing the title role of the Shepherd.

Lynn began writing music in 1992 when she wrote a song, “Ozark Mountain Christmas,” on a napkin at Opryland in Nashville. The song has become a holiday  classic in Branson.

She has produced five CDs, including “Ozark Mountain Christmas,” “The Touch of the Master’s Hand,” “Seeking Jesus,” “Lynda Sings Her Songs” and “Reach Out for Him.”

Many artists have performed and recorded Lynn’s songs, including Barbara Fairchild, the Blackwood Singers, Glory-Anne Prophet, Larry Moore, who was chosen Branson Gospel Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, Randy Brooks and Gregg Busch, who was master of ceremonies for Branson’s Showboat, the Branson Belle.

Her songs have also been featured on worldwide Sky Angel Network programs, including “God Answers prayer,” “Texas Country Gospel,” “How to Beat the Odds,” “Unfolding Majesty,” “Babbie’s House” and “Faces of Abortion.”

Lynn has also written a book, “The Turning Point, A Teenager’s Rebellion,” which focuses on trusting God to bring families with troubled teens through rebellious times, thus allowing family restoration.

She and her husband have been recognized as Country Gospel Music Association’s International Media Personalities of the Year.

Lynn also co-hosts “Quest for Character” with Mike Dunn on KJSL Christian Radio, St. Louis. Many of her songs are featured on the program.

Through her publishing company, “On Angel’s Wings Publishing,” she pledges 25 percent of proceeds to Christian Associates of Table Rock Lake. Founded in 1974, it provides immediate, responsive assistance in needful and crisis situations throughout the Table Rock Lake area.

“My desire is to touch hearts and reach the multitudes through my music,” Lynn said. “From God’s heart to my heart to your heart, I want to raise a praise for Jesus. Music is the universal language, and so it is a wonderful opportunity to reach out and give hope to everyone all over the world about the good news of Jesus Christ.”