Singer/songwriter Lyon (Lauren Malyon) was going through a period of transition. Her bandmates had moved away and she was fresh out of a tough relationship.
That’s when she decided to put pen to paper and let her emotions take over.
“It was very therapeutic,” Lyon said. “I just got it all out.”
Those emotions would be the foundation for her debut record, Indian Summer, which was independently released last year.
“It was very much a snapshot of what I was going through,” she said.
On Saturday (March 15) Lyon will be performing at the Queen’s alongside Wake Owl.
“I am so excited. I’ve been to Nanaimo once before. It was a band trip in, like, Grade 10 or something. All I really got from it was that it is such a beautiful place,” Lyon said. “I knew I wanted to go one day.”
The Nanaimo performance is the final stop on a Canada-wide tour, which began in St. Catharines, Ont., in late February. It also happens to be Lyon’s first time touring across the country.
“I’ve never done this before … even the parts that are a little bit challenging. I call them ‘good problems’ because I’d rather be on the road and having to problem solve right away than be at home,” Lyon said.
Lyon’s involvement with music started at an early age. The Port Perry, Ont., native began playing the violin when she was three-years-old and piano when she was six. When Lyon reached her mid- to late-teens she began to experiment with singing and songwriting. She soon discovered that she wanted a career in music.
“I just knew that was the direction that I wanted to go in and so I didn’t really question it,” she said.
Lyon is currently working on a new album and has been co-writing with writer and producer Japeth Maw.
“I have about three or four songs in the works,” she said. “As soon as I get back to Toronto I’ll be in full force for writing and that’s the main priority.”
For more information, please visit www.iamlyon.com.