Skillfully fusing hip-hop and soul, Traycee Lynn is an engaging artist that moves the crowd to head nods and tears. Philadelphia-based and self described as the hip-hop songstress, Lynn has been writing since she was eight years old. A prodigy on the horizon, at the tender age of 8, Lynn would create hip-hop rhythms and verses while beating rhythms on tables, windows, and walls – a “tomboy hobby” she picked up from her older brother. She would later develop a knack for songwriting through her soprano and alto roles in her hometown church in Harrisburg, PA. After attending Temple University, Lynn stayed in Philadelphia and was mentored and nurtured artisitically by witnessing the Black Lily arts movement. With no formal training, she started her own newspaper, Writer Blocks, for independent artists and writers. The newspaper was formed out of her own passion for music, writing and understanding of the struggles of marketing for independent artists. It would later form powerful connections through icon interviews with signed and unsigned artists and become a promotional vehicle for Lynn and the rest of the underground arts scene in Philadelphia. In 2006, Lynn decided to put the newspaper on hiatus and delve into her own artistry more seriously. She had over 50 songs and a dozen beats (ranging from hip-hop to song) that she had been writing and composing since she began the newspaper, and was inspired by some of the interviews she had conducted to team up with local artists and musicians to manifest her first “serious project” titled THE AWAKENING (released in 2006). It was instantly accepted overseas and heralded as “organic soul with an edge” by London’s Soul Brother Records. The leading track from the album, MUSIC OF MY MIND, was written and produced by Lynn in 2004. She had just begun learning major chords and composed the music at Tainted Lab Studios (now Control Tracks) during a frustrating time when Lynn was silenced by her wisdom teeth being removed. She co-produced the rest of the project with Dap Stallion Productions, a local production team that assisted Lynn with music arrangement for some of the album. Although her catalog has diverse sound, Lynn says she feels most kinship with hip-hop, “I’m a child of hip-hop, 80s feel-good music, and Madonna-pop” says Lynn.