Firemen...true love...loss… These are just a few of the themes explored by songstress Aynsley Saxe on her recently released album, Take Me As I Am. Aynsley released her album to a fire-capacity crowd at Hugh's Room in Toronto in April, 2013.
Her feature single, "Stop, Drop & Roll (The Fireman Song)" was released in November 2012 as a CD single & free digital download. Even before the recording was finished, its teaser preview on YouTube attracted over 850 views and a tv commercial licensing deal for the Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Calendar. The commercial aired provincially from October through December on Global TV to raise money for the Burn Fund.
But it's not all about the firemen. Take Me As I Am strikes a balance between hilarity and vulnerability. Known for her piano-driven ballads reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan and Jewel, Aynsley takes listeners on an emotional journey where they may find themselves reaching for Kleenex in one song and laughing out loud the next.
Ever a student of her craft, Aynsley fell into songwriting while on a youth exchange in New Zealand. She has since written scores for internationally acclaimed short films, performed sold-out shows in Toronto, and studied with well-known songwriters and vocal coaches across Canada and the United States.
As a classically trained pianist, her beginnings were founded in her parents' love of music, and her deep love of words. Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen were regular contributors to the soundtrack of her childhood. Her fascination with lyrics grew through the years, influencing her to eventually graduate with an Honours B.A. in English/Film from the University of Western Ontario. During her time in school Aynsley also discovered energy healing, eventually becoming an accredited Reiki teacher and practitioner.
Aynsley will be touring Ontario this summer and is available for house concerts.