The artist is Olivia Lane. The CD is Olivia Lane. That’s all you need to remember! Although you might also want to remember this: the music is new, refreshing, different, and country enough for me! If you like what country radio plays these days, you will definitely like Olivia Lane. If there is a big part of you that likes what country radio played 20 or 30 years ago, you will definitely like Olivia Lane. She is offering us great vocals, music that fits what we’re are used to hearing today, and lyrics that remind you of what you might have heard a long time ago.
We are getting a number of very talented female vocalists in the world of country music these days. And, for everyone out there who says, “it’s about time,” – I can only add that I agree! We have enough room to add a few more ladies into what seems to have become strictly a boys’ zone in country music land.
Olivia has already earned her place on many well-respected “Artists To Watch” lists. As we’ve shared with you over recent months, she has has performed anthems at major league baseball games, and has previously opened for Cam, Wynonna Judd and Randy Houser. Her music is all high-energy, and I think she would be as fun to see on stage as she is to listen to.
Before I got the EP, I had already heard “Make My Own Sunshine”. I knew I liked it, and was sure I would like the rest of the songs on the album. “Make My Own Sunshine” is one of those bouncy, bubble, happy, sing-a-long songs that you quickly learn the lyrics, and you never forget the melody. It’s the kind of song that makes you smile when you hear it, and it doesn’t matter what your mood was before you popped it into your CD player. After listening to the album, more than once, I realized there were a number of songs competing for the top spot on that ‘My Favorite’ List.
As a real fan of traditional country music, I liked that the album started with “Lightning”. The short instrumental lead at the beginning of that song made me think ‘old country’. Then, she starts to sing with a vocal that will remind you of Sara Evans, Trish Yearwood, or Kathy Mattea. It’s a good song, a little faster than mid-tempo, but not uncomfortably fast. Like any good country song, this one has a story – and the story is for anyone out there with a dream… Olivia takes that plot, and does a great comparison to dreams to thunder and lightning.
I’m way past the “Quarter Life Crisis” point. But, this youngster – with the help of songwriters Aaron Scherz and David Frasier, seems to have an idea what that 25-ish part of your life feels like. Since we just mentioned a few of the writers who worked on this album with Olivia, we really need to mention that this talented singer also had a hand in writing all but one of the seven songs on her new album.
“Heartache” is probably the one that would get my vote when the question “Which one should we send out to radio next?”, hit the floor for discussion. there is nothing about this song you won’t like. the catchy melody, the great story, and of course, Olivia’s strong, powerful vocals and awesome execution. this is the one song she didn’t have a part in writing, but it sounds as if it were written for her.
“There’s A Guy” and “She Fits” are about relationships. Each has a different way of looking at things – “She Fits” talks about really not fitting with someone you think could be ‘that someone’. And, moving on. “There’s A guy” is more about there being someone out there for everyone, and just finding that right person (or more about knowing they will eventually turn up in your life).
She closes things out with “Keychain” – another relationship kind of song, that gets you passed the just dating phase, and up to exchanging keys and leaving some of your stuff at the other person’s apartment.
Here are the songs you will find on Olivia’s new Self-Titled CD:
(Danny Myrick,Leland Grant,Ilya Toshinskiy, Olivia Lane)
2. Quarter Life Crisis
(Aaron Scherz, David Frasier, Olivia Lane)
3. Make My Own Sunshine
(Jim Beavers, Ilya Toshinskiy, Olivia Lane)
4. She Fits
(Jim Beavers, Ilya Toshinskiy, Olivia Lane)
5. My Heartache
(Leland Grant,Ilya Toshinskiy, Shayne Smith, Tammy Hyler)
6. There’s A Guy
(Aaron Scherz, David Frasier, Olivia Lane
(Aaron Scherrz, Bobby Hamrick, Olivia Lane)
In addition to Olivia’s web site, visit her Facebook page, and remember to “Like” it while you are there. We’ve linked a number of her videos in this article, but take a few minutes to check out her YouTube videos, too. If you like mountains, check out some of the beautiful pictures on her Instagram. You can follow her on Twitter @olivialanemusic. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on Twitter, we would love to have you. You will find us @countryschatter.https://www.countryschatter.com/2016/08/cd-review-olivia-lane/New ArtistsNew ReleasesReviewAaron Scherz,Bobby Hamrick,Danny Myrick,David Frasier,facebook,Ilya Toshinskiy,Leland Grant,Olivia Lane,Twitter