Mikayla Lane is making her move into the country music scene.
She just recorded her first EP, “Rooftop Nights,” in Nashville, Tennessee, and she plans to return to the city once a month during the coming year.
Lane will bring her music to Denison this Saturday night for a performance at the Donna Reed Theater.
She started singing when she was five years old.
“I started doing shows all over Stanton, Kentucky, which is where I was born,” she said. “I fell in love with it and I’ve done it ever since.”
Lane is 14 years old and lives in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area.
Her school has been cooperative in letting her take time off to record and perform because they know this is what she wants to do.
“I hope to make this my full-time career,” she said.
Lane’s family makes her growing career possible.
“My family takes me everywhere and they find the time to do what I need to do,” she said.
She said she gets inspiration from singers/songwriters Carrie Underwood and Miranda Lambert and other female music stars.
Lane wants “Rooftop Nights” to help get her noticed on the music scene.
She said she likes singing a variety of music, but her favorite songs have good, strong messages.
“From a singer’s perspective, I think the song has to have a message the singer believes in for the performance to be credible and successful,” Lane said.
“When you’re writing a song, you want to touch people on some level; you want them to relate to the story and apply it to their own life. You want them to feel whatever emotion the song conveys - sadness, happiness, humor. You want them to feel like they’re living the storyline.”
On her new EP, the song “Diamonds” fits that bill. The song will be her first release to radio.
“It’s a great song written by Kenzie Thomson and Nancy Deckant,” Lane said.
Deckant pitched the song to Lane and she loved it immediately.
“The song starts out referencing an actual diamond but then the diamond becomes a metaphor for the right life partner,” she said. “The song has a storyline that just pulls you in because everyone can relate and it just brings out so much emotion and so much feeling.”
Lane said feedback has been strong for the song and it is always in the top two for favorite song on the EP.
“When my mom heard the mastered version for the first time in the studio, she burst into tears eight words in,” she said. “This song gets people.”
Recording “Rooftop Nights” took up most of her time while the EP was in production, but she plans to find time now to write.
For her performance in Denison, she will play songs from the EP, several covers and some acoustic songs.
She’ll be joined on stage by her band.
“I’m very lucky to have the band I have,” Lane said. “They are all lifelong professional musicians and they believe in me enough to support me. I’m quite blessed.”
She and her band perform around the Tulsa area and are regulars at Blake Shelton’s Ole Red Bar in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, and at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill at Tulsa’s Hard Rock Casino.
She will perform the acoustic numbers with her bandleader, John Conrad, who has been one of her coaches for the last three years and previously worked with Garth Brooks.
“We’ve also written together and he produced my two earlier originals, ‘Emma’s Song (You Don’t Have to be Lonely)’ and ‘Rock and Roll Cowgirl,’” Lane said.
She will take her show to the Hausbarn in Manning on Sunday.
“I’m really excited to have Iowa be the first stops for promoting my new EP,” Lane said.
She’ll be receiving the first shipment of CDs of “Rooftop Nights” on Thursday and they will be available this weekend.
Lane invites anyone interested in her music to join her on her social media, which can be found at @mikaylalanemusic.
She also has a YouTube channel with videos for many of her songs.
Her website, mikaylalanemusic.com, is under reconstruction but will be up soon, she said.
Lane plays from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday at the Donna Reed Theater.
Tickets are $7 and are available at the door or on eventbrite.com.
The ticket is also good for entry to the show at the Manning Hausbarn at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Children under 14 may attend for free with purchase of an adult ticket.
For more information, contact the Donna Reed Theater at 712-263-3334.
Lane said she is excited to perform here this weekend.
“I hope to meet a lot of people and personally thank them for having me,” she said.