Friday, October 6, 2017
Born and raised in Edmonton, Lyra began studying piano and theory at the age of 5. Lyra’s musical ear and innate penchant for poetry rapidly blossomed as she began writing and performing songs in her early teens.
Lyra released her debut album, The Language of Eyes, in January 2015. The album was both well received by audiences and met with broad critical acclaim. Lyra performed to a sold out venue for her CD release show at The Artery, (now The Aviary). She earned prompt media attention with airplay on local radio and was interviewed by The Edmonton Journal, Vue Weekly, Sherwood Park News and The Edmonton Examiner. Katherine Duncan of CBC Radio, featured Lyra on her show, The Key Of A. Lyra fast became a chart topper at CKUA and CJSR radio, with The Language of Eyes finishing at #7 on CJSR’s Top 300 Albums of 2015.
She has opened for Emily Haines, Danny Michel and American poet Buddy Wakefield. She has performed in several music festivals including NextFest, Canmore, Calgary and Edmonton Folk Music Festivals. Lyra received four nominations at the 2016 Edmonton Music Awards including: Female Artist of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year (“Cheek & Bruise”), Adult Alternative Recording of the Year and People’s Choice Award. In May 2017, Lyra received the Telus Storyhive music video grant for her new single, “A Little Vulture Told Me”.
Lyra’s eclectic influences lend to her distinct sound, placing her in a genre beyond convention. Her songbird voice and insightful material captivate the ear and mind alike. Her blend of classical/indie/pop yields a sonorous style, igniting the imagination of the listener.