Chila Lynn, One of Cuba’s Fresh Voices

Alfonso Quiñones (Diario Libre) recently featured 19 year-old Cuban singer Chila Lynn, whom he calls the “pearl of the new generation.”

Daughter of musician, arranger, and music producer Dagoberto González (who is in Pablo Milanés’ band), Chila Lynn took music and singing classes from the age of 3. She later attended the Manuel Saumel School and the Amadeo Roldán School, where she studied classical piano and music. She completed her training at the Conservatory of Music and Dance of the University of Paris-Sorbonne.

Lynn was awarded with prizes and distinctions in piano and music contests in Cuba in 2007, 2008, and 2009. She has been
recognized for her vocal potential and her skills at the piano; she is also a songwriter and arranger. In 2009, she was invited by Pablo Milanés to perform at his La Mar de Músicas concert in Cartagena, Colombia, where she sang a duet with the seasoned singer. Her most recent triumph was to be chosen as the voice of Tiana the Princess in the Spanish language version of Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.

Emi Spain states that “her voice has the profoundness, the emotion, and the constancy of one of the greats,” adding that “her musical knowledge are superior and when she sits at the piano we can listen to a first-rate instrumentalist.”

Lynn says, “I’m looking for my own personal style with all musical currents that have nourished me: pop, R & B, soul … very diverse influences, while focusing on a young sound that carries a message, that has content.”

According to Quiñones, the themes included on her debut album, produced by Adrian Schinoff—7 of them in English, 3 in Spanish—move between two main influences: soul and African American pop music. He adds that “Her voice demonstrates exceptional maturity and her way of taking control of the piano shows an intellectual depth not easily found in many of her

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