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 (released 2013). Take Me As I Am was released to a fire-capacity crowd at Hugh's Room in Toronto and even touted a firetruck welcoming guests at the door - a nod to her first single "Stop Drop & Roll (The Fireman Song)". Even before Aynsley's first single dropped, The Saskatchewan Firefighters Calendar heard the teaser preview of "Stop, Drop & Roll (The Fireman's Song)" and licensed it in their TV commercial promoting their 2012 charity calendar.
While Take Me As I Am explored a myriad of themes, more recently Aynsley has released Covid-19 inspired "Together in the Glow" (April 2020) as well as "Beautiful Tomorrow" released on Earth Day 2019. Beautiful Tomorrow is meant to inspire positive change for our planet and was inspired by a whale found with 80 plastic bags in its stomach. This heartfelt duet features vocalist Kevin Reid and 20 youth singing background vocals.
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.