Her songwriting skills took her to Nashville at the age of 12 and now 16-year-old Makayla Lynn of Nova Scotia has landed in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine.
The Elmsdale teen is listed among 10 new country artists you need to know in this month's issue.
Lynn's music "straddles a refreshing line between modern pop-country and a style that evokes the nineties one-name queens (Faith, Shania, Trisha).... leave it to a teenager to find a sweet spot in the middle," says the Rolling Stone article.
That's about right, she told CBC's Maritime Noon on Thursday.
"It is like a little mix in the middle somewhere ... between traditional and modern pop-country. I'm really, really happy with what they said about it in the article."
Started her career at 8
Lynn's a country music prodigy. She has been writing and performing since she was eight. She's shared the stage with Keith Urban, Carrie Underwood and Tim McGraw.
Her second and latest album is called On a Dare and a Prayer and has already produced an upbeat, catchy hit aptly named Joyride.
"I grew up around music and think it is always something that has been in there in my life," she said.
"When I was about seven years old, my grandmother came to my house and taught me, like, three chords on the guitar. I just kept going from there and I started writing music and I started performing shows and it just snowballed from there."
'Oh my gosh, that's Rolling Stone'
Lynn credits the Rolling Stone piece to the relationships she's developed in Nashville, where she spends about half of her time, particularly her recent collaboration with Nashville producer and musician Smith Curry.
"I was just in shock. I think I still am." - Makayla Lynn
"He's very respected and he's been kind enough to take me under his wing and introduce me to a lot of people in Nashville," she said.
Curry contacted one of his friends at Rolling Stone and suggested the magazine take a look at Lynn's music and have a chat with her, she said.
The teen got a call from the magazine a week or so ago seeking an interview while she was at the airport on her way home.
"A few days ago, I went online and there was this article with me on it and I was just in shock," said Lynn. "I think I still am."
Seeing her name in Rolling Stone floored her, she admits.
"I didn't realize how big of a deal it was until it came out. I just looked at my phone and said, 'Oh my gosh, that's Rolling Stone. That's huge.' It could open a lot of doors — a million possibilities could stem from something like that."
Spending time in Nashville
Lynn travels to Nashville from Nova Scotia every month or so where she spends a few weeks.
She's been going to the country music mecca regularly for the past three years, mostly to write songs or occasionally meet with publishing companies and record labels.
"Most of it is writing trips. I get the opportunity to co-write with some amazing, amazing writers there," she said. "A lot of it is just making friends at this point."
Balancing her school work and professional life can be tricky, and she said she misses a lot of classroom time. However, her high school helps her to keep up and supports her professional goals.
"I take a lot of pride in my school work and my grades," she said.