Chanda Lynn takes the stage at Terra State Mental Health Awareness Concert

Chanda Lynn wants to help people through her music.

Her personal struggles with addiction and mental health issues, as well as a belief in recovery and healing have fueled Lynn’s writing and led her to become a popular social media artist.

She appeared at Terra State Community College’s Midwest Rhythm Summit in April as a featured panelist.

At the summit, Lynn spoke about marketing and how to establish an online presence in today’s music industry.

Lynn will return to the Terra State campus on October 1, as she releases her album, “Release Me,” and performs a concert for middle school mental health awareness.

“I would really like people to bring in struggling people,” Lynn said, as she spoke about her journey to becoming a live performer.

The October 1 concert begins at 7 p.m. at the Terra State Student Activity Center. Tickets are $15.

A portion of the show’s proceeds will go to campus mental health services and the music department at Terra State.

Pennsylvania-based artist who has amassed more than a million followers on her social media platforms, Lynn has described her musical journey on her website, chandalynnmusic.com, as one where she began putting her poems to music and quickly blossomed into a songwriter, generating tens of millions of streams from her music and videos.

Chanda Lynn, who will perform a concert for mental health awareness on October 1 at 7 p.m. at Terra State Community College, is an artist who has amassed more than one million followers on her social media platforms.

Lynn said in an interview with The News-Messenger on Thursday that she started making music about three years ago, after learning to sing and rap.

She said she didn’t grow up as a musician or a singer.

The Terra State show will be only their second live gig, with their first coming to the Hard Rock Café in Niagara Falls.

There were growing pains associated with that gig, Lynn acknowledged, the most severe involving her losing her voice about an hour before the show started.

She said she learned from her first gig and would avoid the others on the day of the Oct. 1 show.

“I’m going to quarantine,” Lynn said of her planned preparations.

She said her new album features a single, “Tired Eyes,” which focuses on grandparents raising grandchildren impacted by their parents’ addiction struggles.

Another single, “It’ll Be All Right”, features Lynn collaborating with drug addiction recovery attorney Joe Nester.

Lynn said fans who purchase tickets to the Terra State show through her website will receive a free album at the door.

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