Aimee Lane occasionally takes trips down memory lane for inspiration when writing songs.
When she looks back, she sees many years of musical performances, personal trials, and a blessing — her daughter, Taydem — that came out of them. Put that all together, and she has her first-ever album.
Lane’s CD release party and concert for the self-titled album will be at the West End Cultural Centre (WECC) on Sept. 27. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. Advance tickets are $12, and tickets at the door are $17. Opening for Lane is Matt Foster of the Crooked Brothers.
"I definitely waited a long time before (making my first album), because I wanted to release something that was authentic and different," the Osborne resident said. "I really wanted to present myself as the truest as I believe I am, and to have people see that."
Lane had set aside songs she wrote from years ago that she knew she would one day put on her album.
"All the songs on (my album) were very important. All represent crucial times in my life, starting from when I was on my own living in a hippie house with a bunch of guys, to my first love, to my daughter, to her father, and to the serious relationship I was in while raising my daughter," Lane said.
Lane had a rocky past five years when it came to relationships, and she believes she struggled because she didn’t have a father figure growing up.
"That’s when I really started to learn about men and relationships. My first love was just the hardest to get over, and a lot of the songs are influenced by him," Lane said.
Lane also wrote a few songs about her three-year-old daughter for the album.
Lane began her musical journey when she auditioned for her school musical in Grade 7. She started to write music at age 13, and she has been performing publicly since Grade 10.
Producer Dan Donahue discovered the young talent shortly after.
"He always really believed in me and what I did as an artist," Lane said.
Lane had dropped off her demo CD to the WECC, expecting to get rejected when she asked them to sponsor her. Instead, she received the opposite response.
"They wanted to pay and promote me to play there, and that made me feel really honoured and blessed," Lane said.
After listening to the demo, the centre’s artist director Jason Hooper said he admired Lane’s raw songwriting skills.
"It was quite a surprise. There was a lot of risks being taken, and when someone takes risks like that you want to go along with them," Hooper said.
Donahue said he encouraged Lane to take her time putting her album together, to gather life experiences and meet people who could mentor her.
"Often younger people are encouraged to begin recording perhaps before they’re really ready," Donahue said.
For information about the show, visit wecc.ca
For information about Lane and her music, visit aimeelane.com