Jennafer Lynsey remembers her 5th grade talent show well. She was singing "Somebody to Love" by Queen and that was the moment she started to dream about being on stage for good.
"The way the crowd reacted and the way it made me feel, I think that was what made me know I wanted to do this," Lynsey said.
The 20-year-old from Clarence is a songwriter and recording artist. She started performing at open mic nights and smaller gigs around Buffalo when she was still in high school. After graduating, she picked everything up and moved to Nashville with her sister to try and break into the music business.
"I started working with incredible producers and people in the industry," she explained. "You meet people, you know people. It was one of those experiences that really helped shape me and make me the artist that I am today."
Lynsey eventually moved back to Clarence, but that dive into the industry made all the difference. She signed with Loud and Proud Records, a group that works with artists like Blues Traveler and Lynyrd Skynyrd, and is dropping her debut single "Face to Face" Friday, July 28.
"Buffalo has just been so supportive," Lynsey said. "I probably wouldn't have gone to Nashville if I didn't have the support system that I had here. It just helps build you up and it gets you to be a better performer and a better singer. They've always been so good to me here."
The song and music video have been available through Pledge Music, a website that supports new and emerging talent. Starting Friday, it will be available on Spotify and iTunes as well.