Logan Lynn is an American musician, writer, composer, singer, producer, activist and television personality.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Lynn first gained national and international recognition in 2006 when MTV’s Logo channel began airing his music videos. He is the former host of NewNowNext Music and has done a number of televised commercial spots for the channel. Logan’s videos were included in 2007 and 2008’s “Top 10 Videos of the Year” by the network and have been featured on MTV, VH1 and Spike TV as well.
Logan Lynn was signed to Caroline/EMI via The Dandy Warhols owned-and-operated Beat The World label from 2007 to 2010, when he announced that he would be going on hiatus to pursue activism work full time. In 2013 Lynn returned with a new record, a U.S. tour, a handful of videos, a critically acclaimed Miley Cyrus cover, and the promise of a new sound on the way with what will be his 8th studio album, titled ADIEU, releasing September 23rd, 2016.
With ADIEU, Logan Lynn puts melody to his own mental health crisis and takes us with him on an unflinching journey inward. ADIEU is a leap into an abyss that most of us, including Lynn previously, spend our lives trying our best not to have to look at. There are no metaphors here; just dirty, honest and, at times, difficult truth.
In the album’s liner notes, Lynn writes “ADIEU is about saying goodbye to love. It is also, at times, about my not wanting to live…or not knowing how to move through this traumatic experience we all call “living”. It is about overcoming heartache; about resilience in the face of grief and suffering; and about love being stronger than anything else."
Musically, ADIEU is a departure for Logan Lynn, with he and his longtime collaborator Gino Mari abandoning the electronic dance vehicle Lynn has made a name for himself by way of over the past 2 decades, landing them both squarely in a mix of rock, pop, punk and deep 90s vibes. Citing musical influences that range from Liz Phair, David Bowie, Elliott Smith, The Ocean Blue, Kathleen Hannah, The Sundays, R.E.M. and Innocence Mission to modern references like Whitey, Chvrches, and Logan’s friends Chromatics, Beth Ditto, and former labelmates and mentors The Dandy Warhols, both Lynn and Mari sound right at home in this space.
Over the course of the record’s 15 tracks, Lynn is our guide through very personal trauma, profound loss, his own persistent suicidal ideation and mental health struggle, and out the other side into a place of resilience, recovery, hope and love…or Hell, as it were.
Logan Lynn's reclaiming of eternal Hellfire and damnation on ADIEU's final cut “Oh, Lucifer” is a brutal roasting of the religious fundamentalist cult he escaped as a young person and a grandiose middle finger to all of the insufferable anti-gay bigots he has encountered in the years since. By the time Lynn sings the lyrics “Remember, my dears that if we don’t sin then Jesus died for fucking nothing” and a demon voice begins to growl “Faggots should be burned”, it’s clear that this song -- and album, for that matter – are not at all what they may have seemed.
Lynn’s 8th record ADIEU releases on his 8th year clean from a very well-documented 16 year addiction to cocaine, crack cocaine and alcohol that nearly took his life in 2008. Logan is no stranger to themes of addiction and mental health challenges in his music and he is the brainchild behind the successful “Keep Oregon Well” campaign to fight stigma through the arts. Since its inception, Logan Lynn has partnered on the #KeepOregonWell Concert Series with Bleachers, The Dandy Warhols, Of Monsters And Men, Pete Yorn, Charli XCX, Walk Off The Earth, Flo Rida, Priory, Tori Kelly, David Gray, Matt Nathanson, Collective Soul, Blitzen Trapper and hundreds of other bands, authors, performers and artists committed to raising awareness about mental health and fighting stigma through the arts.