The last few years of Lyn Bowtell’s life have been a roller coaster.
On a personal level, the singer-songwriter has had to adjust to life without her biggest fan. Her dad, who she describes as a “very big influence on my music”, after he died of lung cancer 12 years ago.
“He was always a massive supporter of what I’ve done. He left such a hole in my heart,” the 39-year-old tells Honey.
In fact it was such a blow that she even took a break from pursuing her country music dream, she says.
Then when she finally did return to the stage, a slew of health problems, including endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome, presented further challenges.
But while these conditions make performing more difficult, often coming off stage writhing in pain, she explains that giving up music for good has never been an option.
“It makes singing more difficult because I’m in pain but it’s my safe place and it’s where I get away from it all,” Bowtell, who lives in the Hunter Valley, says.
“It’s my happy place.”
Despite this stacking up as one of her toughest years health wise, ironically, it has been one of her best professionally.
Bowtell, who already has three Golden Guitar Awards under her belt, collected another three of the prestigious trophies at the awards this year.
She has also decided to audition for The Voice which, she says, has given her an opportunity to get her music heard by millions of people.
“I didn’t know what direction I wanted to go in. I could stay in my genre or I could do something brave and then The Voice came along,” she says.
Bowtell says when she did take the stage, it was only fitting to dedicate the blind audition to her dad, singing one of his favourite’s “Fields of Gold” by Sting.
“I definitely felt him and right at the end of it, it made me cry.”
(9 Honey News)