Layne Lynch, the only returning Uproar Artist from the 2011-2012 school year, is determined to hit the ground running this year.
“I was really shocked and also just really grateful,” Lynch said. “I felt really cool and really honored. I want to do this with my life, so I was really excited to be certain that I could use this year to focus to the best of my abilities on music.”
Lynch is unsure of what exactly would classify her genre.
“My music is expressive,” Lynch said. “Each song has a different feeling to it and depending on what I’m feeling at the time, it could be almost like a rock song or it can be kind of folky. It’s different; it just comes out.”
Lynch will open for The Rocket Summer at 8 p.m. Nov. 15 in Waco Hall. The Rocket Summer is a solo project of artist Bryce Avary.
“I am so thrilled. He is one of my childhood role models,” Lynch said. “I’m really excited. It’s going to be the biggest show I’ve ever played.”
Lynch has known she wanted to sing ever since she was young.
“I actually just found a Dictaphone, one of those voice recorders, [and] I used to make these radio shows. I would be like ‘the next song is this’ and then I’d sing the song and make commercials, and then I’d just try to record myself singing as best I could,” Lynch said. “I found this one tape, and I’m like, ‘Hi, my name’s Layne Lynch and I’m 12 years old, and when I grow up I want to be a singer. I sing when I’m happy and sad and mad, and I just know it’s where I’m meant to be.’ It was really cheesy, but I’ve always been drawn to music, and it’s where I find my voice and how I process things.”
Lynch, a Colleyville theater major, has seen how the commitments to her major and to Uproar cooperate.
“Our classes may not take as much time, but we have rehearsal almost every night, so if I get cast in a show I have to give them my conflicts,” Lynch said. “As time goes on, sometimes it gets a little stressful. It seems like there’s always like a couple of weeks where there’s a show every night and then there’s also a play going on and a rehearsal for something else. It gets really hectic, but it’s also really fun.”
More information about Layne Lynch can be found via her Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/laynelynch, or by checking out the Uproar Records website.