Lindsey Kane Interview
When I was younger, okay
when I was much younger, there used to be a group called Lobo that had
a line in their hit song that said, "Me and you and a dog named Boo." That
song appropriately describes the life of Lindsey Kane, an Austin, Texas,
based singer/songwriter. After winning a songwriting contest at Dallas
radio station KLTY in 2003, Kane committed her life to full time music
ministry. Her constant companion is her border collie Boo.
"Satisfied," the title track
from her debut album, has received radio play in both southern and northern
USA despite that being a tough nut to crack for an Indie artist. In addition,
Kane is in demand as a performer at a variety of venues throughout most
of the southern states, California and New York City.
Although she took to music
seriously at age seventeen, it was just prior to entering her song in the
KLTY contest that she said, "I finally felt I was so into my shoes as far
as being the person God wanted me to be and the artist He wanted me to
be. I started writing a bunch of songs. He was giving me tons and tons
of songs. God stirred me inside."
Chuck Finney, National Program
Director for Salem Fish Music Stations said, "Lindsey's fresh, earthy,
worshipful sound totally captivated our judges in the first 94.9 KLTY Rising
Star Talent Competition in 2003. She has an awesome sound and presence!"
"I was very ready to put
my heart down on a new CD. I called it Satisfied because I felt that (described)
my heart at the time. I am satisfied in Christ and who He has made me to
be. That is where my heart is on the record," said Kane.
The prize for winning KLTY's
songwriting contest was studio time to record three songs. The experience
inspired her to create her CD. "I began raising (financial) support for
my new project. It all came together. It was so beyond me and out of my
hands I knew it was God. I went ahead and recorded nine more songs to finish
the record," she said.
Long before there was the
acetate disc Satisfied Lindsey wrote a chart stopper called "How Do I Become
A Christian?" She started to tell me about the song she wrote as an eight
year old budding star and then had to be cajoled into telling me more.
"I was in my bed and I started writing on this sheet of paper. If you can
even count it as a song, it was something I had made up in my head," Kane
said. As she was preparing to sing the song she made me promise, "You can't
judge my voice on the following performance." Fingers crossed behind my
back I agreed.
"How do I become a Christian?
How do I open my heart and let him in?
How do I become a Christian?
I just open my heart and He'll come in."
In her southern drawl she
cooed, "Isn't that cute."
By the time she hit seventeen,
"I just decided that I wanted to learn how to play the guitar. I went home
and picked up the old classical guitar my mom had in the 'sixties. I bought
a chord book and started teaching myself how to play. Within a week of
learning some very basic chords I had written my first song. That's how
I realized this was bigger than me and this was a God thing. It's just
hilarious that God would use me to write songs."
Although Lindsey Kane's
modesty is genuine, her perception of her songwriting ability is not accurate.
She pens good tunes. The songs "Satisfied" and "Let Me Have You" have great
melodies that encourage the listener to play backup vocalist. "Satisfied"
is a little lighter up tempo song while "Let Me Have You" features heavier
"I Don't Know" features
some great guitar licks by Kendall Combes and Pat Malone's deep grooves
on bass guitar. The surrealistic vibes accent the lyrics that speak to
the confusion of a person trying to make sense out of chaos.
In talking about "I Don't
Know" Kane said, "If you just read the lyrics and don't listen to the melody,
it sounds like a confused person saying Lord I do not know what is going
on. I am not doing anything right. That was just my heart I was going through
some trials and saying God I don't know which way is up but I know you
are up there. I don't know which song to sing but I know you are going
to be listening. It was my heart saying Lord I don't really know that much
but I know that I love you and I know that you are good. You are worthy
Kane also demonstrates the
ability to both write and sing gentle introspective prayers such as "The
Valley." It serves as a reminder that although Christians are not exempt
from deep valleys and difficult times we do have a savior that walks with
us every step of the way.
About "The Valley" Kane
said, "OOOhhh this is a good one. I love this song. About a year and one
half ago I started to realize that He was sovereign. You hear it your whole
life but I started believing He was sovereign and in control. I was definitely
in the valley, where you struggle in your faith to understand what God
is doing. You feel alone. You don't have that joy and peace. One night
I was praying and asking God to take me out of this valley. I don't want
to be here anymore. I don't want to suffer. It was almost like he spoke
to my heart. (He said) 'Look beside you. I just want to sit down with you.
I want to join you, love on you and teach you about myself.' The chorus
is very simple. It says, 'Jesus where would I be without your sovereignty?"
She says that is where her trust in God deepened and she no longer felt
"What Were You Thinking"
is an insightful song and the lyrics represent a maturing in Kane as both
an artist and person. Kane said, "When I look at whom I was a couple of
years ago and who I am now it is just like any journey of faith, God continues
to change you and grow you. The songwriting is entirely different. It is
a deeper level. It is more real. It is bolder. It's not fluff and I'm not
trying to tickle anyone's ears. I'm being honest with what is going on
in my heart because if I'm feeling it I am sure that tons of other Christians
are. It is just good to have that down in music."
Concerning the lyrics for
"What Were You Thinking?" Kane said, "It hit me that I am always sharing
my thoughts with the Lord. I always tell Him what I am thinking but rarely
do I ask Him what He is thinking. I never just sit in prayer and ask God
what's on your mind? What makes your heart beat? I was wondering what Jesus
was thinking when He was walking along and saw the tree that became the
wood for the cross that He would die on. I thought, He knows everything
and through Him everything is made. I started thinking about when God created
the men that would crucify Jesus and wondered what God was thinking at
She also had this to say
about the lyrics for "What Were You Thinking?" "The whole heartbeat behind
the song is, 'I don't really understand Your thoughts because You are perfect
and You are God. You see everything. I don't understand what you are thinking.'
It is a revelation of God's sovereignty."
Austin is a long way from
the west Texas town of Midland where Lindsey grew up. Her father had President
Bush in his Bible study. Laura Bush was the church librarian. Back then,
Lindsay Kane was an eight-year-old girl sitting on a bed writing her first
song and thinking about sports. Today, she is writing songs with emotive
lyrics and great melodies. With a heavy tour schedule and preparing for
the fall release of an album with a little edgier flavor Lindsey Kane's
future looks bright.
By Joe Montague, exclusive
Joe Montague is an internationally
published journalist / photographer. His ministry is dedicated to the memory
of his late son Kent David Montague who went to heaven at the age of 18.
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