“She will take you out to the edge, and back in again”
Lyndsay Wills is a Canadian singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Born and bred in Ontario, she was introduced to her first guitar and banjo at the tender age of eight years old; her first song, “Rocky Road”, was written shortly after. She has since become a very accomplished musician, having written, recorded and performed countless songs across the country.
Having moved to Vancouver, British Columbia, in the 1980s, she graduated from the Ontario College of Art, then freelanced as a graphic designer and editorial illustrator. Shortly after, she became a psychiatric nurse, this career path has had a strong influence on her work, often writing about mental health. No matter how personal the song, there is commonly a psychological aspect to her style, giving much depth and perspective to the topics explored. She completed her first CD, “Flight Risk”, during her time studying her Singer/Songwriter course at Douglas College. Although her solo work has been notable enough in itself, she has also been proficient in the context of multiple different bands throughout her career. She was a part of the Orton Yahoos in the late 1970s, having released and album entitled The Great Canadian Tragedy. She co-helms the duo Axis II, along with Joy Masuhura. Lyndsay is frequently playing in her band Lyndsay Wills and the No Frills String Band, accompanied by Michael Gix and Stewart Robson.
Early influences have included Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Ian and Sylvia, Jackson Browne, Lowell George and Neil Young. Her catalogue has spanned diverse musical genres, from folk to country, from bluegrass to old-time music and even elements of Flamenco and Conjunto music. Lyndsay’s songs have been described as “lyrical and gripping”. Her track, “9:30 at the Factory”, won first prize at the Left Coast Labour Chorus songwriting contest.
You may find yourself connecting the most to her intimate lyrics, perhaps her warm vocal performances, maybe more so her guitar, banjo, fiddle or various instrument playing. One thing is for sure, as her vast experience has shown, you will find something to love within her artistry.