Hearing that melody and connecting it to your emotions is a really unbelievable thing.
—Aimee Lane, singer-songwriter
Aimee Lane is the last person to predict that music was the path she would take but it all makes sense to her now. "I auditioned for a school musical in grade seven and that's when I realized I could sing," she recalls. "I was always walking around school with a banjo and I knew that was my place."
The singer-songwriter is only 23 but she learned early on to draw from her personal struggles to inform her songwriting. And that has lent her a voice mature beyond her years.
"I grew up without a dad so I did not know how to look at men and treat men or how to be treated in a relationship," she explains. As a result, Lane has experienced a number of long term, difficult relationships. "I had a baby very young which was really intense but also a very beautiful thing," she explains. "It definitely forced me to grow up and I'm very grateful for that."
In turn, writing songs has helped her deal with the challenges she has encountered in life. "It completes everything," Lane acknowledges. "Hearing that melody and connecting it to your emotions is a really unbelievable thing."
Lane's debut EP chronicles her life so far, the ups and downs, the disappointments and joys. "I had a difficult childhood, overcoming all my issues and struggles, just learning to love myself and to not let people's opinions affect me or invalidate me," she explains. "This kind of solidifies all of that."
Catch Aimee Lane's debut release concert on Friday September 27 at the West End Cultural Centre. Here her in conversation with host Bruce Ladan on
SCENE On Air September 21. The show airs every Saturday from 5 - 6 p.m. on CBC Radio
One, 89.3 FM/990 AM/97.9 FM in Brandon.