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“Close the Door” is the upbeat sophomore effort from contemporary pop country artist Tracylyn. Tracylyn gives a powerful vocal performance with a country twang similar to vocalists such as Faith Hill and Martina McBride. Her backing band is sound and creates solid arrangements that incorporate the violin, piano, and steel guitar into nearly every track complimenting Tracylyn’s vocals quite well. The songs are generally up-tempo and are about love, faith and small town life. The lyrics are memorable and the songs are all extremely catchy. The recording quality is very good with a polished vocal sound and clarity of each individual instrument. “Maybe I Made You Up” is a psychological song about falling in love, with a nice melody, a catchy chorus and some nice guitar work. The title track, “Close the Door” is the sole downtempo track on the album, a slow piano ballad with powerful lyrics about a former significant other’s “infidelity.” Overall, “Close the Door” is a fun album with an impressive vocal performance from Tracylyn, true-to-life lyrics, and great arrangements. Fans of female vocalists and contemporary pop country won't “Close the Door” on Tracylyn.
Chris & Team - RadioIndy (Jul 29, 2008)
Open the door and let TRACYLYN and her music enter into your world. While her powerful vocals color each and every song on her new disc,"CLOSE the DOOR", her fresh,new style of country/pop/rock fusion, holds within the music, the potential to open TRACYLYN to a global audience.
M. Capozzoli Jr - (Sep 1, 2008)
4 STAR RATING!
Having hanged out for more then three weeks in Texas, indulged with Alt.country music and assorted Americana genres coming home was like going to a rehab center. You know you can’t put on your boots like you used to do, your cowboy hat looks ridiculous in the medieval town of Bruges and you can turn the dial on your car stereo as much as you want there is simply no country music radio in Belgium. But as with every addiction there is always somebody around to provide you with your needs. Tracylyn is for sure providing me with the thing I want. On her new album Close The door, the Illinois based country pop/rock star simply gives the best of herself. Opener “Think Big” is not only a great song which sounds as enthusiast as the new “Sugarland” but it’s also a life motto for Tracylyn, who went to Nashville to record this album. Title track Close the door is a self-penned tune based upon real life experiences through a friend of her. Although the tune means a lot to Tracylyn it does not really hook on to me. I’m much more a fan of here up-tempo tunes. Take for instance “Let Me Happen To you” or “Give”, both tunes that are quite enjoyable and full of energy. Many of her tunes are co-written or written by top songwriters of the scene. Including names like Rand Bishop (Tim McGraw and Toby Keith), Tom Paden (Faith Hill, Restless Heart) or Kim Tribble (Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry) to your list of songwriters is quite impressive for sure. Tom Paden also co-produced her album , making of “Close the door” an album that is as big as any other top name in today’s country scene. “Fish out of water” combines a little funk and blues influences from early endeavors but on “Takin My Time” it is the grassroots that is floating a top. “Little big Stuff” is the tune co-written by Kim Tribble, incredibly catchy and ready for some airplay. Closing tune “Exactly what I Am” is without doubt the best tune to finish an album. Complete with a feel good atmosphere and I do what I want attitude, this is the stuff everyone wants to hear. Although not a professionally musician, you can catch Tracylyn in many bars and clubs in downtown Chicago or at one of the many music fests in and around her home state. During daytime the lady is one of America’s youngest directors of training and while speaking she is also working on a Phd as well. With so much ambition and achievements it’s no wonder that her passion for music develops as if it was a professional career.
Tracylyn is blessed with a commanding, energetic voice. No wonder listeners with be instantly captured by her opening musical invitation to Think Big. Seems like Tracylyn could have thought bigger, though, when it comes to finding songs that match the impressiveness of her voice. Such compositions are largely lacking here, though there are exceptions: the title song grabbed me with its lyrical in-your-face infidelity dialogue. Takin’ My Time is a pleasant ode to self-assertion, while Little Big Stuff also posits a reminder about life’s truest
priorities, as does Exactly What I Am, boasting a theme of controlled rebellion.
Stacy’s Music Row Report (Aug 15, 2008)
Perfectly in synch with the upbeat and inspirational title and vibe of 'Think Big,' a key track from her new independent album Close The Door, Illinois based singer/songwriter Tracylyn (www.tracylyn.net) headed straight to Nashville when the ideas started flowing for the highly anticipated follow-up to her popular, critically acclaimed debut Good Rain. Co-Produced by Tom Paden, a top songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, Reba MEntire, Restless Heart and Faith Hill, and her father Robert Lendi, Close The Door includes Tracylyn's vibrant and colorful interpretations of new songs penned by some of Music City's best known composers, including Rhean Boyer (Lee Greenwood), Rand Bishop (Tim McGraw, Toby Keith) and Kim Tribble (Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry). For Tracylyn, it might have been a safer choice to just think locally again, as she did a few years back with Good Rain. Recorded as a imple 'tester project' for the singer to see if she could stack up as a songwriter with those who were penning her favorite country hits, the collection was a surprise indie smash across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe.

Tracylyn had a hand in penning the title track on Close The Door, which is the song that got the whole project started and

set its unique, life affirming concept in motion. The song is based on a real life story her best friend Related to her about the deep trials and tribulations of a troubled marriage.The emotional strength of and positive feedback she got from 'Close The Door'-a co-write with Kathleen Dooley-convinced her that after years of honing her skills, she was ready to for Music City. When she contacted Paden, a longtime fan of Good Rain, she explained her concept: opening the album with the title track and then 'closing the door' on the tough times and tackling more upbeat, fun, toe tappin' songs. Tracylyn's August dates include two nights at the Middle Branch Saloon in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
- top40-charts.com (Jul 21, 2008)
Country Music newcomer Tracylyn turned a lot of heads and ears with her 2003 debut, Good Rain, and the Illinois country singer is back for more. Her new release, Close the Door, combines the songwriter talent of Nashville's finest. Rhean Boyer, Rand Bishop and Kim Tribble show off their songwriting skills, while Tom Paden and Tracylyn's father, Robert Lendi, produced the sophomore effort, which was recorded in Music City. Tracylyn said of her new project, "In everyone’s life there are plenty of things that drag us down and we can always identify a multitude of them to complain about. I’m one of those who will sometimes get caught up in negative thinking and I wanted to create an album that would inspire both myself and those who hear it to take the time to celebrate what is good and right with our lives. "Close the Door is available for purchase and download in stores across the country.
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Perfectly in synch with the upbeat and inspirational title and vibe of “Think Big,” a key track from her new independent album Close The Door, Illinois based singer/songwriter Tracylyn (www.tracylyn.net) headed straight to Nashville when the ideas started flowing for the highly anticipated follow-up to her popular, critically acclaimed debut Good Rain. Co-Produced by Tom Paden, a top songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire, Restless Heart and Faith Hill, and her father Robert Lendi, Close The Door includes Tracylyn’s vibrant and colorful interpretations of new songs penned by some of Music City’s best known composers, including Rhean Boyer (Lee Greenwood), Rand Bishop (Tim McGraw, Toby Keith) and Kim Tribble (Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry). For Tracylyn, it might have been a safer choice to just think locally again, as she did a few years back with Good Rain. Recorded as a simple “tester project” for the singer to see if she could stack up as a songwriter with those who were penning her favorite country hits, the collection was a surprise indie smash across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe. Tracylyn had a hand in penning the title track on Close The Door, which is the song that got the whole project started and set its unique, life affirming concept in motion. The song is based on a real life story her best friend related to her about the deep trials and tribulations of a troubled marriage. The emotional strength of and positive feedback she got from “Close The Door”—a co-write with Kathleen Dooley—convinced her that after years of honing her skills, she was ready to for Music City. When she contacted Paden, a longtime fan of Good Rain, she explained her concept: opening the album with the title track and then “closing the door” on the tough times and tackling more upbeat, fun, toe tappin’ songs. Tracylyn’s August dates include two nights at the Middle Branch Saloon in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
- The Press Enterprise (Jul 18, 2008)
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Perfectly in synch with the upbeat and Inspirational title and vibe of “Think Big,” a key track from her new independent album Close The Door, Illinois based singer/songwriter Tracylyn (www.tracylyn.net) headed straight to Nashville when the ideas started flowing for the highly anticipated follow-up to her popular, critically acclaimed debut Good Rain. Co-Produced by Tom Paden, a top songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire, Restless Heart and Faith Hill, and her father Robert Lendi, Close The Door includes Tracylyn’s vibrant and colorful interpretations of new songs penned by some of Music City’s best known composers, including Rhean Boyer (Lee Greenwood), Rand Bishop (Tim McGraw, Toby Keith) and Kim Tribble (Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry). For Tracylyn, it might have been a safer choice to just think locally again, as she did a few years back with Good Rain. Recorded as a simple “tester project” for the singer to see if she could stack up as a songwriter with those who were penning her favorite country hits, the collection was a surprise indie smash across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe. Tracylyn had a hand in penning the title track on Close The Door, which is the song that got the whole project started and set its unique, life affirming concept in motion. The song is based on a real life story her best friend related to her about the deep trials and tribulations of a troubled marriage. The emotional strength of and positive feedback she got from “Close The Door”—a co-write with Kathleen Dooley—convinced her that after years of honing her skills, she was ready to for Music City. When she contacted Paden, a longtime fan of Good Rain, she explained her concept: opening the album with the title track and then “closing the door” on the tough times and tackling more upbeat, fun, toe tappin’ songs. Tracylyn’s August dates include two nights at the Middle Branch Saloon in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
- Entertainment Zone (Jul 18, 2008)
Perfectly in synch with the upbeat and inspirational title and vibe of "Think Big," a key track from her new independent album Close The Door, Illinois based singer/songwriter Tracylyn (www.tracylyn.net) headed straight to Nashville when the ideas started flowing for the highly anticipated follow-up to her popular, critically acclaimed debut Good Rain. Co-Produced by Tom Paden, a top songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire, Restless Heart and Faith Hill, and her father Robert Lendi, Close The Door includes Tracylyn's vibrant and colorful interpretations of new songs penned by some of Music City's best known composers, including Rhean Boyer (Lee Greenwood), Rand Bishop (Tim McGraw, Toby Keith) and Kim Tribble (Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry). For Tracylyn, it might have been a safer choice to just think locally again, as she did a few years back with Good Rain. Recorded as a simple "tester project" for the singer to see if she could stack up as a songwriter with those who were penning her favorite country hits, the collection was a surprise indie smash across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe. Tracylyn had a hand in penning the title track on Close The Door, which is the song that got the whole project started and set its unique, life affirming concept in motion. The song is based on a real life story her best friend related to her about the deep trials and tribulations of a troubled marriage. The emotional strength of and positive feedback she got from "Close The Door"--a co-write with Kathleen Dooley--convinced her that after years of honing her skills, she was ready to for Music City. When she contacted Paden, a longtime fan of Good Rain, she explained her concept: opening the album with the title track and then "closing the door" on the tough times and tackling more upbeat, fun, toe tappin' songs. Tracylyn's August dates include two nights at the Middle Branch Saloon in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
- Forbes (Jul 18, 2008)
The shy, quiet girl who grew up keeping her singing voice confined to the walls of her bedroom has just released her second CD.

Then known as Tracy Lendi, the Harvey native was a teenager when her parents first heard her sing and realized her talent. Her mom encouraged her to perform in public and when she did (playing the role of Sandy in "Grease" with the St. Jude Players Group), a whole new world opened up.

At age 22, she played her first paid show. Now know as Tracylyn, Lendi has just released "Close the Door," which is getting airplay in Germany, New Zealand, Austria and Australia and bringing in fans around the globe.

Her first CD, "Good Rain," was released in 2002, with songs penned by Lendi, which she drew from her life experiences. Her newest CD includes one track written by her. For the others she worked with top songwriters in Nashville whose tunes have been recorded by Reba McEntire, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and others.

"I had to be brutally honest with myself as to the strength of the songs I had written against those written by professional writers. I was thrilled to have one song measure up," Lendi said.

Being a shy child who couldn't imagine getting up in front of a group of people, Lendi never imagined she'd one day be a singer. She spent more time fantasizing about being Wonder Woman. Lendi's day job has been a successful one as a director of training and development for Standard Parking.

She was chosen by Training Magazine as one of the top 10 trainers in the United States.

She is currently working toward her PhD from Capella University.

"I'm in my dissertation phase -- in education, specifically, instructional design for online learning," she said.

Lendi performs regularly in the area with her band, 55 South. Her next performances take place Aug. 15 and 16 at the Middle Branch Saloon in Kenosha, Wis.

She and her husband, John Dent, enjoy their two chihuahuas, and she likes to spend what little free time she has gardening.

"Close the Door" is available at cdbaby.com/cd/tracylyn2. FYI: tracylyn.net.
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Perfectly in synch with the upbeat and inspirational title and vibe of "Think Big," a key track from her new independent album Close The Door, Illinois based singer/songwriter Tracylyn (www.tracylyn.net) headed straight to Nashville when the ideas started flowing for the highly anticipated follow-up to her popular, critically acclaimed debut Good Rain. Co-Produced by Tom Paden, a top songwriter whose tunes have been recorded by Kenny Rogers, Reba McEntire, Restless Heart and Faith Hill, and her father Robert Lendi, Close The Door includes Tracylyn's vibrant and colorful interpretations of new songs penned by some of Music City's best known composers, including Rhean Boyer (Lee Greenwood), Rand Bishop (Tim McGraw, Toby Keith) and Kim Tribble (Martina McBride, Montgomery Gentry). For Tracylyn, it might have been a safer choice to just think locally again, as she did a few years back with Good Rain. Recorded as a simple "tester project" for the singer to see if she could stack up as a songwriter with those who were penning her favorite country hits, the collection was a surprise indie smash across the U.S., Canada, Australia and Europe. Tracylyn had a hand in penning the title track on Close The Door, which is the song that got the whole project started and set its unique, life affirming concept in motion. The song is based on a real life story her best friend related to her about the deep trials and tribulations of a troubled marriage. The emotional strength of and positive feedback she got from "Close The Door"--a co-write with Kathleen Dooley--convinced her that after years of honing her skills, she was ready to for Music City. When she contacted Paden, a longtime fan of Good Rain, she explained her concept: opening the album with the title track and then "closing the door" on the tough times and tackling more upbeat, fun, toe tappin' songs. Tracylyn's August dates include two nights at the Middle Branch Saloon in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
- Yahoofinance.com (Jul 18, 2008)