This award was generously supported by Christopher V. Walker. _
Singer and songwriter Claire Lynch was a rare woman in the bluegrass field when she led the Front Porch String Band in the 1970s. When the group stopped touring in 1981, Lynch became an in-demand session vocalist and wrote songs that were recorded by Patty Loveless, The Seldom Scene, and Kathy Mattea, among others. She has sung back-up vocals with artists such as Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Linda Ronstadt. Lynch won the International Bluegrass Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Award in 1997 and in 2010 for her work with the Claire Lynch Band, which she formed in 2005.