Mikayla Lane – a rising country music singer/songwriter enters The DM Zone with host Dianemarie Collins. With her second EP release Miles From Nowhere, Mikayla has found her voice and is exploding onto the country music scene. This interview also features some concert footage from Blake Shelton’s Ole Red in Nashville, TN.
By Edwin Sylvan
As a part of our series about Nashville’s rising stars, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Mikayla Lane.
“I wish someone would have told me that it’s “okay” to stay true to “your lane” and it’s not a “must” to travel down the pop-country road. I veered a bit and recorded one of my songs with a more pop feel, and while I’m super proud of it and I love the song, when I perform it, it just doesn’t seem to fit my style.” – Mikayla Lane
Sixteen-year-old Mikayla Lane is ambitious and driven- traits branded by her upbringing, lifestyle, personality and passions. With heart, vision and talent beyond her years, she knows what she wants and she is determined to chase her dream; her pursuit began early on.
Mikayla was just 13 when she earned a spot on the Ole Red (Blake Shelton) talent roster, which originated in Shelton’s hometown of Tishomingo, OK and Mikayla’s home state. Mikayla has become a staple at the venue in Tishomingo and has been secured to appear as a support act at ticketed shows throughout 2021. The Ole Red sister locations also extended a welcome; Mikayla is a regular at the Nashville location and is slated to perform in Gatlinburg and Orlando.
She has become a “fan-favorite” at many other venues, including Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa where she opened for Jon Wolfe. Mikayla is ballroom’s youngest supporting talent to date. Mikayla has taken the spotlight at various fairs and festivals throughout her early career including Whitaker Bank Ballpark (Lexington, KY), the Corn Festival (Stanton, KY), the Woolly Worm Festival (Beattyville, KY), Tulsa International Mayfest (Tulsa, OK), Oklahoma State Fair and Chesapeake Arena, in Oklahoma City, OK among others.
The young singer/songwriter has written and co-produced a catalog of original tunes. As a tween, Mikayla recorded and released her debut EP, ROOFTOP NIGHTS, and has since released seven studio recordings. The songstress co-wrote and co-produced the single “Superman” (recorded in her bedroom and nearing 77,000 streams); the corresponding music video (filmed in Tulsa, OK) premiered on CMT.com (October 2020). Mikayla also co-wrote and co-produced her most recent single, “Drive” (released in January 2021); the track landed debut slots on three Spotify playlists, premiering in the Top 10 on the “New Music Nashville” Spotify playlist.
She is poised to introduce her sophomore EP, MILES FROM NOWHERE this month.