To pick the songs that made the record, Lane tested them out on the road. "I think the truest test of a song is to see what people respond to in the audience," Lane said. Two of the songs on the EP carried over from last years acoustic mixtape Heart Unlocked : "Lightning" and single "Make My Own Sunshine," but she's been playing other new songs live as well, and the seven that made the EP were "the [songs] that people were responding to and I just couldn't shake them."
The song tells the story of Lane's ex-boyfriend who found someone and settled down. Lane talked about the "bittersweet" feeling of the song, "like could I have fit his life? Should I have fit his life? And coming to peace with the fact like, no, I went after my dreams I did the right thing, we both did the right thing. And he's found somebody and she fits his life."
The sound of "My Heartache" and the EP in general has an edgy sound, country but also influenced by so many other genres. "I'm just a music lover in general, so I have influences all the way from Patsy Cline, Sara Evans, Jennifer Nettles, Michael Jackson to Katy Perry. So I listen to a bunch of music and I think all of those influences are all in a big melting pot on this EP. My producer is Ilya Toshinskiy and he's been a huge, huge influence on me. He plays every string instrument possible, and we came up with a sound, which started with "Steal Me Away," my first official single to the country music world, and it matured into this EP. I think it's just a bunch of influences that I grew up with and it's sort of pop, country, and a bunch of influences on there."
Lane has been on the road basically non-stop for the last couple months, but she's still going. "We've got a lot of fun acoustic videos coming out on YouTube, and I'm also teaming up with Radio Disney Country to release a bunch of content around the EP, and also promoting the Sunshine Movement," Lane said. "So yeah we're just going to keep being on the road and playing the new EP and putting content out."
Check out Olivia's touring schedule:
OLIVIA LANE AT BATON ROUGE RIVER CENTER | BATON ROUGE, LA | 8/20/16
OLIVIA LANE AT THE PALACE THEATER | BRYAN, TX | 8/25/16
OLIVIA LANE AT RIO GRANDE VALLEY LIVE STOCK SHOW GROUNDS | MERCEDES, TX | 8/27/16
FREDERICK’S “IN THE STREET FESTIVAL” | FREDERICK, MD | 9/10/16
OLIVIA LANE AT THE SADDLERACK | FREEMONT, CA | 9/25/16
DEKALB COUNTY FREE FALL FAIR PRESENTED BY K105 | AUBURN, IN | 9/28/16
OLIVIA LANE AT WILLIE'S LOCALLY KNOWN | LEXINGTON, KY | 9/30/16
OLIVIA LANE AT BOOTZ SALOON | OAK CREEK, WI | 10/08/16
THE PALACE THEATRE | STAMFORD, CT | 10/21/16
OLIVIA LANE AT DOGTOWN ROADHOUSE | FLOYD, VA | 10/22/16
OLIVIA LANE AT MELISSA ETHERIDGE CRUISE | TAMPA, FL | 10/31/16
OLIVIA LANE AT HENRICO THEATRE | HENRICO, VA | 5/19/17
Buy Olivia Lane's EP here.