Lynn's first experience singing in the recording studio came at the age of nineteen when one of her first compositions, 'Steal me a Rose' was arranged and recorded by renowned jazz flutist Moe Koffman and performed by members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
In 1969 she studied voice and piano at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto while singing weekends at a small but vibrant club in Yorkville called "Crazy David's Little Fillmore." In the early 70's Lynn headed off to Los Angeles with her sister Lea to pursue a recording contract. After a few years making her living singing backgrounds on other artists recordings, she decided to return to Toronto, and started an independent record company to produce her original material with her sister forming the duo Syren. The live Syren band consisted of some of the best reggae musicians in Toronto such as Carl Harvey, (Toots and the Maytals) and Tony Springer on guitar, Charles Sinclair on bass and Paul Williams (Toots) on drums.
'The One' was recorded in Jamaica at Jimmy Cliffs Music Mountain Studios and The Grange in Toronto with a host of all star musicians from the Peter Tosh band, as well as an appearance by Reggae great, Leroy Sibbles, the innovative guitarist Tony Cambell (One Love) and Rod Ramsey on harmonica and the late Marty Kolesnyk on piano. The recording received critical acclaim which led to television appearances on Much Music, City TV, Breakfast Television and the Music Circle CTV, garnishing a Juno nomination for the sisters in Syren, Best Reggae performance and Best Vocal performance as well as winning Best Reggae Duo and Best Video for Higher Love at the Toronto BMAC awards in 1985. They were also nominated for a CASBY AWARD for Most promising new vocalist of the year (Lyn and lea) in Syren in 1985.
As the lead vocalist and one half of the sister songwriting team in Syren, Lynn went on to co-produce two other recordings of original material, titled 'Wisdom of the Heart' and 'Let Them Live'. Clayton Cheechoo joined Syren on this project and co-wrote Blood of the Earth which appeared on the recording.
Lea Harper: vocals, rhythm guitar
Lyn Harper: vocals, synthesizer, keyboards
Leroy Sibbles: keyboards, synthesizer
Marty Kolesnyk: keyboards, synthesizer
Pablo Black: keyboards, synthesizer
Tony Campbell: lead guitar
Willy Lindo: lead guitar
Charles Sinclair: bass
Bagga Walker: bass
Marty Kolesnyk: bass
Devon Richardson: drums
Tony Raffa: drums
Sonni Bernardi: drums
Armando Borg: percussion
Ricky Lazar: percussion
Sticky Thompson: percussion
Rod Ramsey: harmonica
Choir vocals by One Love (track B3)
Produced by Lea Harper and Lyn Harper
Engineered by Joe Cooper and Rick Knight, Scientist
Recorded at The Grange, Toronto, Ontario and Jimmy Cliffs Music Mountain Studios, Jamaica
Cover design by Syren
Photography by Suzan Carson