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Lynda Innes is from Tauranga and has been a constant performer on the country music scene in New Zealand for the past 15 years. She is particularly well known for her choice of up-beat country music, although she has been known to perform the "slower" songs from time to time.
Lynda comes from a family of entertainers - her mum is still singing well at the age of 85. Lynda first sang in a competition at the age of five and has been on stage ever since.
Lynda has realised her dream to focus on her country music career, achieving good results in various awards, and establishing herself as a popular guest artist at country music clubs throughout the country.
In 2004 she produced her first CD "Now or Never" and this has proved to be a popular and steady seller. Lynda is at present working on the production of her second.
Lynda also performs in concerts organised for charity, and works with Tauranga promoter Rob Still on a regular basis.
In 2005 Lynda teamed up with rock and roll singer Darryl Jensen to perform on a commercial level as a country and rock and roll duo. As "The Ritz" www.theritz.co.nz they are sought after throughout the North Island for club work and private gigs, and produce a good toe-tapping, sing-along and dance routine.From time to time Lynda gets to team up with her good friend, Joy Adams. They have sung together on several occasions and produce some good harmonies, besides having a lot of fun!!
Lynda has had the good fortune to be able to sing at various venues in Australia and a highlight was singing at a country music festival in Cairns in 2006, with the Sunny Cowgirls.
Lynda also writes songs, both the lyrics and the music, and she has found the most inspirational place for doing this is sitting on her bed, guitar in one hand and pen and paper in the other.
Lynda's highly supportive husband, Ross, is the best roadie and chief stage hand.
Although no longer an awards entrant, Lynda has been a judge at various awards over the years, and is particularly keen on encouraging young talent