If there’s one thing that stands out about Olivia Lane, it’s her pure, unbridled energy. It’s reflected in her big, dynamic voice; in her performance, which bursts with passion and levity; and by her simple presence, which can dissolve you in laughter and make you grin from ear to ear. Not every day does an artist come around able to so effortlessly meld a freewheeling spirit with poignant, inspirational songs and an irrepressible drive, but Lane’s one of them. Because she knows as well as anyone how easily music can inspire a smile.
I spoke to the Texas-born Olivia Lane about her skyrocketing career, guilty pleasures, and some off-the-wall stuff, because that’s what we do, ya know?
When did you know you wanted music to be your full-time career? Does it even feel like work considering you’re doing what you love?
I really knew when I started taking songwriting in college. I always loved being on stage, playing guitar and when songwriting came into the picture it all clicked. When I’m on stage it doesn’t feel like work ever because I’m having so much fun but the long hours traveling and business aspect of the music business is for sure work.
Who were some of your musical influences growing up, who do you look up to now?
My Mom always bought me new albums for holidays, birthdays, etc., so I was listening to what she thought I would like. Anyone from Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, The Eagles, Britney Spears, many artists and many genres! I still look up to so many different artists but I would love to have a career like Reba or Dolly where they had their music first then built themselves a brand as business women.
Any guilty pleasure songs out there?
I’m now a Belieber after this last album of his.
What are your thoughts on the state of country music, the lines/boundaries have never been so blurred..
I think it’s great! The genre is reflective of what’s going on with technology and the world and it’s a really interesting time to be an artist. Collaborations are happening that we would have never seen 20 years ago so it’s cool seeing artists pushing themselves outside of their comfort zones.
What’s the story behind the making of “Make My Own Sunshine”
I really try to look at life with glass half full and wanted to write a song that reflected the way I try to approach life. I wanted to give people a smile too, honestly. It’s also a song that’s a nice introduction to who I am for new fans, I think.
You do some rapping in “You Part 2” – do you have a favorite rapper?
I love Common and some 2000s Nelly.
What’s your goal the next year, five years?
I want to tour as much as possible and build my fan base as big as I possibly can. I also want to keep being creative and putting out quality music.
Adult beverage? Grapefruit Juice and Vodka :) And non-adult…Sweet Tea.
Any weird pre-show rituals?
A shot of whiskey and a couple of jumping jacks to get the blood flowing.
Biggest pet peeve?
Negativity. I’m a total extrovert so whenever I walk into a negative situation it brings me down and I don’t like feeling that way.
What’s the best part about being a country artist – touring, writing, live shows?
All of it! It’s always a vicious cycle with me. If I’m songwriting a bunch, I want to be on the road and when I’m on the road I want to be back in the writing room. I love every aspect of what I get to do but I would have to say doing live shows and getting to meet fans face to face is what I’m all about. I love people and how music brings people together.