True love. Loss. Firemen... These were just a few of the themes explored by singer-songwriter Aynsley Saxe on her first album, Take Me As I Am.  Known for her piano-driven ballads, Aynsley takes listeners on an emotional journey that can have them laughing out loud one song and reaching for Kleenex the next. Aynsley's latest single Beautiful Tomorrow, is a song for the planet inspired by a whale that was found with 80 plastic bags in its stomach and Irish author Lorna Byrne.  Beautiful Tomorrow shares a hopeful yet urgent message meant to inspire positive change for our planet.
 
Released on Earth Day 2019, Beautiful Tomorrow is a powerful song with a timely message.  The song was co-produced by John Jamieson at Soundhouse Studio and features guest vocalist Kevin Reid and 20 youth singing background vocals. Check out the accompanying Behind the Recording video for more about the inspiration and recording of Beautiful Tomorrow on YouTube. 
 
Take Me As I Am was released in 2013 to a fire-capacity crowd at Hugh's Room in Toronto. With a firetruck welcoming guests at the door, along with a 9-piece band, the album release party garnered not only the firemen's attention. The featured single, Stop, Drop & Roll (The Fireman Song), was released in November 2012 as a CD single & free digital download.  Even before the single was released, the teaser preview attracted over 850 views on YouTube and a tv licensing deal for the Saskatchewan Professional Fire Fighters Calendar. 

 

Ever a student of her craft, Aynsley seeks to write from a place that will heal, uplift, inspire and connect us to each other. She began songwriting while on a youth exchange in New Zealand and her fascination with words and lyrics continued through the years leading her to eventually graduate with an Hon. B.A. from the University of Western Ontario in English/Film. During her time in school, Aynsley also discovered energy healing, eventually becoming an accredited Reiki teacher. 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.

 

 
 
 "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 on Take Me As I Am

"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!"

K.S.

"I've been playing it continuously...I think you've hit a home run."
R.B.