Until recently, Barbara Lynn Doran didn’t feel right about labeling herself a country singer. Put bluntly, she always felt she didn’t quite fit the bill. “I’ve always tried to be a storyteller, but I’ll never be a southern country girl. That’s not who I am,” she says. “I don’t sing with a ‘twang’, and even if I tried to fake it, it wouldn’t happen, but I love the storytelling aspect of country music.”
From early on, Doran was drawn to artists who didn’t mince words in telling their stories, in particular artists like 80’s pop icon Madonna and female singer/songwriters of the 1990’s like Sheryl Crow, Tori Amos and Alanis Morissette. But while country music wasn’t her first love, with the release of her new single, ‘Forgot To Love Me’ in January 2012, the Whitby, Ontario based singer/songwriter shows off an affinity for the genre that sounds as if she was born to it.