Lynda Kay Brings 'Mad Men' Elegance to Trevor Project Event
New signature event aids LGBTQ youth
Lynda Kay's singing style matches her passion for everything from the midcentry modern era.
Photo by Gene Kirkland
In her spare time, celebrated crooner Lynda Kay loves to hunt for one-of-a-kind vintage treasures.
On a recent tour in Germany, she scored couture fashions from Munich circa 1961-62. Kay's passion for finding fancy costumes and seeking out fabulous hair styles only compliments her highly stylized image giving homage to her favorite era, midcentury modern… 1959-1964, specifically.
Recognized for her big hair, big voice and lush sound, Kay has adopted a Mad Men type elegant appearance.
“I grew up in Texas and my look is reminiscent of the women in my family. They love big hair,” Kay says. “Beehives, bouffants and glittery, sparkly costumes seem to lend to the era that I most have an appreciation for. As a singer, I also try to find outfits that work with the shape of my figure and don’t hit at the diaphragm. The clothing from the late ‘50s, early ‘60s are cut a bit looser, but still have a tailored feel.”
Kay’s current music also takes inspiration from the past. Her voice has been described as a mix of “maple syrup and black velvet” with her concert performances delivering high theatrics a la David Lynch.
She recently released an EP, The Allure of Lynda Kay recorded by Capitol Records, and she says her influences include:
- “Frank Sinatra for his storytelling delivery…the phrasing is incredible.”
- “The range and song stylings of Roy Orbison”
- “The tone and emotion of Patsy Cline…you can’t beat that!”
The Trevor Project is a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ young people.
According to event chair, Chaz Stevens, “This will be a new, yearly signature event for Trevor and those people lucky enough to be in attendance are in for one heck of a night!"
Sponsored by The Ed Cauduro Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation, The Saguaro, Alta Verde, Dream on Beverly, Boodles British Gin, Maestro Dobel Tequila, Hangar 1 Vodka, The Kraken Rum, 429, and Flooring Innovations, the evening includes a cocktail reception, roving dinner, silent auction, concert performance and meet and greet with Kay.
“It is very important to me that I participate to send a message of love and acceptance, to the thousands of youth The Trevor Project serves, who are struggling with hate, fear, and prejudice,” Kay says. “I am proud to contribute to the life-saving mission that the Trevor Project so passionately pursues.”
Inset photo by Holly West.