Lila McCann Biography

4 December 1981, Steilacoom, Washington, DC, USA. Country singer Lila McCann began her recording career at the age of 15, releasing an acclaimed self-titled debut album while vowing to continue her academic commitments. Her musical apprenticeship came as a guest singer at local dances with her father’s group, the Southlanders, from the age of four onwards. She had been recommended to Asylum Records as a 13-year-old by music industry legend Seymour Stein, who saw her playing at the Palomino Club in Los Angeles. She eventually secured a full recording contract with Asylum (as part of a development agreement) in December 1995. The main attraction proved to be a demo track entitled ‘Down Came A Blackbird’, written for McCann by Mark Spiro, who became the producer of her debut album. McCann’s own input produced one co-writing credit, though she was keen to stress her desire to write more of her own material. Her single ‘To Get Me To You’ was one of the strongest songs featured in the 1998 movie Hope Floats. The highly successful Something In The Air was a sparkling effort, with strong melodies bolstered by some excellent production, again from Spiro, who paid attention to every instrument, bringing fiddle and harmony vocals to the fore when necessary.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.