Lori McKenna (born 1971) is an American folk singer/songwriter. She lives in Stoughton, Massachusetts with her husband and five children.
McKenna became a songwriter at the age of 27, when she was already married and had three children; she began singing at open mike nights in Boston, notably at the Blackthorn Tavern in nearby Easton, and eventually at her own shows. After independently releasing her first album Paper Wings & Halo, McKenna signed a publishing deal with Nashville's Harlan Howard Music after fellow singer songwriter Mary Gauthier shared McKenna's music with Melanie Howard.
McKenna gained more attention in 2005, when Faith Hill recorded covers of four of McKenna's songs – three of which (including the title track) appeared on Hill's 2005 release Fireflies, the fourth as an exclusive to the iTunes Store.
McKenna parlayed her contribution to Hill's "Fireflies" into both an appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show along with Hill, and a record deal with Warner Brothers Nashville. WB soon re-released McKenna's Bittertown on its label. In 2007, McKenna toured with Hill and Tim McGraw on the Soul2Soul Tour.
Her next album, Unglamorous, is scheduled for release on August 14, 2007, from Warner Bros. Nashville and McGraw and noted Nashville producer Byron Gallimore’s label, Stylesonic Records.
In addition to her own albums, McKenna has contributed a cover of Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" to the 2005 "High School Reunion" compilation. In 2007, McKenna helped write "Most of Me", "Latest Mistake" and "Can't You Just Adore Her?" on Mandy Moore's album Wild Hope.