By Joshua Madden
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.
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“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.