Layne Lynch
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Layne Lynch


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"Uproar artists begin recording albums"

Four down, one to go. So far, four of the artists signed to Uproar Records have finished recording with the duo of Paul Whitney and Colin Laflin, who jointly own Transient Workshop in Austin.

Both members were involved in the recording and then split up the post-production between the two, with Whitney taking the lead on Colleyville junior Layne Lynch and Fifth & Fite while Laflin took the lead with O, Loveland and Trannie Stevens.

Holly Tucker will be doing her recording session in about a month, said Whitney, a Waco native who now lives full time in Austin and works at the recording studio.

“Both of us would be called producers, engineer, mixer. It’s really all us,” Whitney said.

Uproar Records artists, as part of their deal with the label, have the opportunity to produce their own individual EP with a recording studio and have been working with the duo.

Rockdale senior Lincoln Faulkner, the president of Uproar Records, said the main priority for the label right now is promoting the EP releases. He explained the process for getting each artist into the studio is different, with each group presenting its own challenges for recording.

One of these artists is Lynch who sings and plays piano. She has written many of her own songs and performed them for her EP.

“Some of the artists are really heavy in terms of the instruments that they use, some of them are light. With Layne, so much of it is light and acoustic. We were able to add in some additional strings and give it much more of a full-band type sound, which is something you won’t have heard at any of her performances,” Faulkner said.

Faulkner pointed out this as one of the things that differentiated Lynch from other Uproar artists like the band Fifth & Fite.

“With [Fifth & Fite], they are a full band so that means you have more instruments and more tracks to work with, but you also have more personalities. With Layne, you just have to figure out what Layne wants while with a band you have multiple members with different visions that you have to blend together,” Faulkner said.

Whitney explained that there were also technical differences of the recording as well, saying Fifth & Fite came down to the duo’s standard recording studio, which differed from Layne, who had already recorded at a local church.

“The main difference is that we were working with a band and not just an individual,” Whitney said.

Faulkner explained that these differences reveal themselves during the recording process, saying Fifth & Fite often will bring three vocal tracks to a particular song while Lynch may simply have one or two, making it a bit more difficult to merge the various tracks and visions for a song.

Lynch has recorded with different people in the past, although she said the first group was on different wavelengths as to what each wanted out of the recording. She said that the process of working with Uproar was a much more collaborative process than her previous recording experiences have been.

“It’s the first time I’ve gotten a recording back and been like, ‘Wow, that’s exactly what I wanted out of this song when I was writing that,’” Lynch said.

While recording, it was a combination of her vision and the vision of Whitney and Laflin that resulted in a song she was happy to call her own, Lynch said, and talked about the editing process for her song “Hold on to it” as one example.

“It started about a month or two ago, with the first song he started on [‘Hold on to it’]. He had this idea to add in some electronic flourishes and while it was really cool, it wasn’t what I was going for with the song,” Lynch said.

“It kind of made you bob your head in a happy way when that’s not what I was going for. The song is vulnerable, but hopeful. It’s about God’s love, so I sent him back a long list of suggestions and things that I was going for with the song and once it got back to him, he took out all of the electronic flourishes and kept in the real drums instead of having an electronic beat to it.”

Whitney said they had recorded the piano and the vocals separately with Lynch and that when they were mixing the songs, Lynch had asked to emphasize the piano more than the vocals.

“It wasn’t really what I had pictured at first, but I eventually got the point where I realized what she was going for and realizing how the piano could be the driving force in the song,” Whitney said. “I’m used to the drums being the focus of the songs and they are there with some punchy beats, but the piano is definitely the major focus of her music.”

Lynch praised the work Whitney has done with the recordings from their sessions together.

“Paul just kept sending me updated tracks and we both reached a medium place between our two visions for the song and I’m so happy with it. The piano is now a central part of the song,” Lynch said. “He [Whitney] said it reminds him of fireworks with the drum beats in the background.”

Lynch said her EP will be called “Beauty Beneath” after a song she had previously written, although the song will not actually be on the album itself and will be released on March 21.

“The whole theme of the album is that through all the darkness and under the rough there is this hopeful center with Christ as the focus,” Lynch said.

Lynch said recording music is a different experience than performing live, and hearing her own voice led to some surprises for her.

“We both agreed that one of the songs, ‘Mine (The Secret Song),’ was probably the one that went over best both vocally and in terms of recording,” Lynch said. “I had no idea that I could really sound like that, which is something you don’t really get to experience as much when you’re doing live performances. It’s cool to sit back and actually listen to the song.”

Ultimately, Lynch said how much better this process had gone for her than previous attempts to record her music.

“These are songs that I am actually proud to show people as opposed to the ones I had recorded with other people, which will be staying forever hidden on my iTunes,” Lynch said. - baylor lariat

"The Prophet Bar brings Layne Lynch to Dallas"

For many artists trying to make a mark on the music industry, getting shows outside of your home area can be a challenge. For Uproar artist Layne Lynch, she’s already accepting her second opportunity to perform at the Prophet Bar in Dallas. After performing at the venue in May 2011, Lynch is performing again at the Prophet Bar.

“We’re definitely very proud of Layne for starting to branch out of the Waco market. It’s not an easy thing to go out in Texas and perform in a broader market,” said Lincoln Faulkner, president of Uproar Records.

Lynch is performing with Henry Greenberg, Franklin, Tenn., freshman. Greenberg is performing on the djembe, a type of drum that is smaller than a typical drumset. Greenberg is also handling back-up vocals for the performance. Greenberg started playing the djembe through church youth group because of the emphasis on acoustic instruments during worship.

“I just kind of picked it up from there and brought it with me to the dorms since a drum set isn’t allowed and have been playing it ever since,” Greenberg said.

Greenberg said he is excited for the opportunity to perform with Lynch, citing her prolific songwriting as something he enjoys being around.

“She writes an unreal amount of songs. I feel like she writes a new song every day,” Greenberg said.

One of these songs that Lynch has written is called “Mine,” and is the bonus track on Lynch’s Uproar Records-sponsored album.

“I think I’m most excited to perform to ‘Mine’ and that’s because it’s all about secrets and it gets me to bring out emotions in a way that I’ve been trying to do. There’s a lot of passion in the song,” Lynch said. “I’m excited to bring it out because I’m a lot more vulnerable with it, which is something that the recording people brought out in me.”

The process of creating an individual album for each of the five artists signed to Uproar is a new venture for the record label, but Faulkner and Lynch are excited because of the performance opportunities presented by having individual extended play albums. Otherwise known as EPs, extended play albums feature more songs than on a single release, but less than on a full album.

“We really wanted to give each of our artists on our label something that they could walk away with. It’s a lot more rewarding for someone to be able to say, ‘Hey, listen to my EP’ instead of just ‘I’m song number 11 on this joint album’,” Faulkner said.

Lynch agrees, saying that the opportunity to play songs off of her own EP gives her a chance to promote her music.

“I’m also excited to perform songs from EP so I can say, ‘Hey, this song is off of my future EP,” Lynch said.

Lynch does not yet know what the EP will be called, but she said she has some ideas in mind.

Lynch is performing at 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Prophet Bar is on Elm Street in Dallas. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. - Baylor Lariat

"Lynch takes talent to Uproar Records"

Newly signed Uproar Records artist Layne Lynch began playing music in front of an audience when she sat down at one of the public pianos at Baylor. The junior theater performance major from Dallas, had a talent that drew crowds around her, and eventually landed her a spot with the student-run record label this semester.

“I first heard Layne when she was practicing with some friends of mine for a performance at a dinner my creative leadership and entrepreneurship engaged learning group was putting on my sophomore year,” Lincoln Faulkner, vice president of marketing and sales at Uproar Records, said. “She was singing and playing piano. I remember being shocked at how incredible her piano parts were, and at first I actually thought she was covering music. I listened to them sing a song she had written and I was immediately reminded of Regina Spektor. The lyrics were very unique and felt genuine.”

Lynch said she has been singing and playing piano since before she can remember. While she took piano lessons for two years in elementary school, she said her preference was to just sit down and play music instead of read the notes.

Her natural ability and “God-given gift,” in Lynch’s words, took hold at a young age.

That was especially apparent when Lynch retold a story about a time her mother picked her up from pre-school.

“I was singing a song,” Lynch said, “And when my [mother] asked me what song I was singing, I said, ‘Jesus put it in my heart before I was born.’”

Lynch said her lyrics are written from the heart. She is always writing down quotes, responses to her daily devotional and anything else that may be useful for a song or later reflection.

“My music is very personal to me,” Lynch said. “I have a really hard time defining my sound, but I can say that it’s honest, passionate and real.”

“She takes her music very seriously and it’s an outlet for her emotions,” Hunter Hale, Lynch’s manager and San Antonio senior, said. “I’m hoping that she’ll be able to get the opportunity to play a lot of shows and really get her music out there. She puts a ton of emotion and feeling into her music and so it’s really passionate.”

Layne said that working with Uproar this year will help her grow as an artist and keep her organized.

“Already I have to get a calendar,” Lynch said, thinking ahead to anticipated shows, recordings and other opportunities that working with Uproar will bring.

Hale, who worked with KJ Doug Grate last year for Uproar, said Lynch is mainly focusing on integrating into the “Uproar world” this early in the game.

“We’re working on setting up a foundation,” Hale said. “We’re working on narrowing down her songs and finding some good ones that we can make some good quality demos with.”

Layne played Ethel Peas, Dorothy Parker and was an ensemble dancer in Baylor’s Theatre Department’s recently debuted “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” but the singer/songwriter said her love of acting is second to music.

“My passion for theater spawns from my passion for music, because there’s a psychological aspect in both of them, and in both of them you have to be able to pour yourself out for everyone to see,” Lynch said.

Lynch writes all of her own pieces, and said even though her lyrics are personal, she wants her songs to be applicable to others in their own life.

“The lyrics are like a puzzle,” Lynch said. “I like people to pick out bits and pieces of the lyrics and relate it to themselves so they can have their own response to it.”

Hale said that when Lynch performs, she speaks to the crowd as if she is talking with close friends.

“She likes to tell a little bit about the song that she writes before she performs it,” Hale said. “A lot of times she kind of sets the stage…to where the emotions and passion are coming from. She’s friendly. She makes everybody feel like she’s playing just to show you something.”

Lynch said an important component of her music is that it applies to her at the time she writes that particular song, like a diary. She said they are her “response” to what her current life circumstances are. She spoke of her newest work in progress.

“That song is about moving forward and having the strength to continue on with what you’ve been given, even if that means leaving things behind,” Lynch said. “Basically a song about endurance.”

“I think Layne has really grown as an artist and found her identity in her style,” Faulkner said. - Baylor Lariat


EP, entitled 'Beauty Beneath' available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.
Includes four songs:
1. Begin
2. Hold On To It!
3. Everything and All of Me
4. Mine (the secret song)

unreleased single, 'Alone Now' available for listen on pure volume.

Currently Recording a new EP, Eloquently Bound, with Spaceway Productions. To be released 2013



I am a 21 year old student at Baylor University. I began writing music the very moment I learned how to speak. My music is piano driven but I am interested in all forms of music. My music is quirky and dramatic. My band consists of 3 very talented, passionate men. Our style has been described as indie-pop-rock-experimental-classical. A frequent question I get asked is, "Have you ever heard of Regina Spektor?"
We love music and we love to play it.

Emotion drives each song. The sound matches each word. I want to make people feel what I am feeling. I want to bring people together and create a safe environment where each of us can be our unique and fun selves.