It takes only a few minutes of listening to Lynn Jackson's debut album Night Songs to realize she is carrying on the tradition of strong singer-songwriters who have emerged from the confines of small-town Ontario. The 16-song debut is an assured mix of the intimate and the universal, mixing detailed storytelling with timeless melodies. The Lucknow native, who now calls Kitchener home, originally played classical violin, before making the jump to songwriting. In high school, she began poring over her mother's record collection, where she discovered the melodies of Paul Simon and wordplay of Cat Stevens. Taking her cues from Ani Difranco, Tom Waits, Joni Mitchell and Sinead O'Connor, Jackson mixes pop sensibilities with heartbreaking tales of self-discovery, betrayal and loss. As audiences warm to Jackson's powerful live shows, Night Songs continues to garner good reviews and climb the college charts. The fall of 2005 sees Lynn working on a new record which should help solidify her place as one of the most original and compelling voices on the Canadian folk music scene.