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Singing her way to the top

Lindley Wolfgram, a Woodbury native, is a frequent performer at the Bluebird Café in Nashville. Submitted photo

Woodbury has its very own aspiring "Nashville Star" in singer/songwriter Lindley Wolfgram, 19.

A Woodbury native and current Nashville resident, Wolfgram will be releasing her first album titled "Travelogue," on Dec. 22.

She describes her musical style as "Folk/Americana."

"I just don't connect to commercial music as well," she said. "Americana, it seems so real to me; I just like how real and gritty it is.

"My biggest influences are people like Jonie Mitchell and Joan Baez, folkie people like that."

Wolfgram said she became interested in music because it was something she has always been around; her mother Linda was also a musician.

"I've always been around it and it's a huge comfort to me," she said. It's always been my thing."

Wolfgram began actively pursuing music as early as the sixth grade when she began taking guitar and singing lessons.

Wolfgram and her parents moved to Nashville last year so that she could attend school at Belmont University, where she is a song writing major. Being in Nashville really opened up a lot of doors for her music career, Wolfgram said.

"There are so many people here that can provide the things you need," she said. "It all kind of fell together."

Wolfgram performs at various venues around Nashville in order to get her name out , and one venue in particular, The Bluebird Café, has proven successful.

The Bluebird Café has a history of being a place where country superstars, such as Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift got their start, and this is where Wolfgram met Steve Goodie, a record producer who runs a recording studio, called Punch Sound, out of Nashville.

Wolfgram began recording last spring, first by recording the instrumental and then the lyrics. Wolfgram completed her album this past summer, and it took only a few three hour sessions. In total, Wolfgram recorded 11 tracks.

"It was real slick," Wolfgram said.

Like any endeavor in life, recording an album came with its fair share of challenges. Wolfgram said, for her, the biggest challenge was letting her guard down to sing about such personal and emotional experiences.

"Writing has always been such a personal thing," she said "To know that people hear these songs and know what you're writing about, it's hard to open up and let people hear them."

Wolfgram said she wanted to move away from just writing about her own experiences, so she began writing about characters from her favorite novels since she is such an avid reader.

"At first it was hard to get past just writing about things that happened to me," she said. "My life isn't exactly that exciting."

Wolfgram said she will continue to perform at local open-mic events and other singing opportunities, but she said she has no plans to actively shop around her album to big record labels because her music is not commercial.

"I just want to get out there and get my name known," she said. "My hope is that I can be an artist and make a living off of it. My dream has always been to go to a town I've never been to before, where I don't know anyone, and actually have people show up to my show."

Wolfgram said wherever the road leads her with her music career; she is determined to stay involved with music in some form.

"I'd just be happy if I can keep doing it as a career," she said. "But if that doesn't work, I'm going to keep doing it and have some other sort of job in music on the side."

A CD launch party and performance will be held on Dec. 22 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Border's Bookstore in Woodbury. The album will be available for purchase and Wolfgram will be on hand to sign autographs.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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