Thanks for coming by! I am so very excited to be back in the 🎵🎤recording studio🎹 🎵!!! Shortly after "Take Me As I Am" came out I started writing new songs (I can't stop). These songs are being born one by one and I hope you'll hop on my mailing list and be the first to know when they're being released (hint: the next song is coming in time for Earth Day 2019 and involves whales and kids). Thanks so much for being part of my journey. I appreciate it!!
Firemen...true love...loss… These were just a few of the themes explored by singer-songwriter Aynsley Saxe on her first album, Take Me As I Am, released in April, 2013 to a fire-capacity crowd at Hugh's Room in Toronto. With a firetruck welcoming guests at the door of Hugh's Room, along with a 9-piece band, the album release party garnered not only the firemen's attention. Her feature single from her first album, "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.
Now, after taking a breath and becoming a mom, she is getting ready to release her newest single, Beautiful Tomorrow, which has an environmental focus and features 20+ youth singing background vocals. Beautiful Tomorrow, along with the accompanying music video, is scheduled to be released in April, 2019 (in time for Earth Day).
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 began 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 listening to Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen who 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.
A quote she heard once stands out to her: Music can heal the fabric of the world. With that in mind (and heart) she seeks to write from a place that will heal, uplift, inspire and connect us to each other.
"Been loving your CD! Very talented, great sound, great style!
A diamond in the rough. CD is smooth, sultry and a lil bit sexy! Refreshingly!
Stu Berketo, Wave.fm radio host
"It's about time firefighters got the anthem they deserve."
Melissa from Edmonton
"Listen to a preview of this smokin' song about firemen...We love it!"
Toronto Fire Fighter Calendar (on their Facebook page July 24, 2012)
"This song sounds great.
Could we arrange for permission to use the teaser to help promote
the calendar in our Global TV PSA?"
Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Calendar
"You have to hand out CPR lessons with your Fireman CD
because it knocked us out!"
"I've been playing it continuously...I think you've hit a home run."