Chris Lane to Release Debut Album, ‘Girl Problems’, in August
Up-and-coming country artist Chris Lane has announced his debut album. Girl Problems will drop on Aug. 5, with pre-orders beginning on July 12.
"While in the studio working on the album, I started to notice a trend ... every song seemed to be about some type of 'girl problem,'" Lane says in a press release. "So it was only fitting to title the album Girl Problems!"
Lane worked on his debut disc with producer Joey Moi. His current single, "Fix," has entered the Top 10 at country radio, and the singer says that the infectious track is the perfect song to introduce himself to fans.
"I’ve wanted to record songs that felt good and songs that made me want to dance. I’m a horrible dancer, but I wanted to record songs that made me want to dance," Lane tells The Boot. "The first time I heard this song, it made me want to do that. I’m very excited that I was able to record it."
But if Lane hadn't been goofing off in front of Moi one day, he may never have had the chance to record "Fix" -- and his Fix EP, and his upcoming album, too, might sound completely different.
"I was five or six songs deep on my EP, basically finished up," Lane recalls. "I was walking around the back of the studio while [Moi] was comping vocals for some of the other songs that I’d already recorded. I think I was singing an Usher song, and I sang this really high falsetto part."
The sound stunned Moi, who realized that they might be on to something: "He said, ‘Why don’t you do songs like that in the vocal booth?’" Lane continues. "I said, ‘We don’t have songs that do that.’ He was like, ‘I feel like we should be chasing that. You sound really good. Maybe we should be doing that.’
"A week and a half later, my manager calls and said, ‘Hey, I have this song called "Fix" that I want you to listen to. Call me back and let me know what you think,'" Lane adds. "As soon as I heard it, I loved everything about that song, and I felt like I had to have that song."
Lane says that, for younger artists, "it’s not easy to get songs like that, if you don’t write it yourself," and that he feels "very lucky that they allowed me to cut this song."
"I was a little intimidated when I got into the vocal booth, because of the high falsetto parts," he admits. "I was really just messing around when I did it, jokingly, in the studio."
But that goofball moment and "Fix" ended up sending Lane in a direction that he might not have ever tried otherwise. He and Moi "wiped all the other songs out and basically started over with "Fix.""
"We tried to use that falsetto -- it’s not something that you hear a whole lot in country music, so we tried to use it as my thing," Lane says. "I have a song that’s going to be on my full record ... [that] has an all-falsetto chorus. I even put it in my set right now. It’s already a crowd favorite; people are into that one. It’s fun for me to see that, and it’s not even out yet."
While Lane's sound isn't "traditional" country -- as he says, you don't often hear falsetto in the genre -- the artist was drawn to country music as a kid.
"I grew up on Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw and Kenny Chesney. When I started out as a cover band, I was obsessed with Keith Urban and Jason Aldean and Eric Church; those are the songs I chose to sing as a cover band," Lane remembers. "It was in those moments that I also learned to sing other songs as well. In the midst of all that, I found my voice. Even working in the studio is when I really found it. This is really my style of country music, with other kinds of music as well."
Lane's twin brother, Cory, plays drums for him, and the North Carolina native says that his career really is a family affair.
"No one in my family is musical -- not one person that I know of -- so it’s cool for them," Lane says. "I grew up playing sports, and my dad was always really into that, very passionate about that, as was I, but even my passion for music far outweighs what it was for sports. That’s hard for me to believe. And it’s hard for me to believe that my parents' passion for music far outweighs their passion for sports, but it does.
"They were at every single game of my life. They aren’t able to come to all of the concerts, because I play all over the country now, but they are the most supportive people ever," he adds. "I always say my dad might be a little too proud."
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