Lainey Gonzales is a 25 year old singer-songwriter based out of Austin, Texas. Making songs that are “easy on the ears and hard on the heart,” Lainey annotates stories directly from her heart, creating soothing, acoustic melodies behind her resounding voice. Check out Lainey Gonzales’ debut album, Don’t Make Me Worry, follow her on her socials, and check out our q&a interview below!
Q: How’d you get into music?
Lainey: I always wanted to do music, but I was just never really sure how to do it. I have been singing as long as I can remember and my dad played guitar and taught me a few chords. So, I grew up with music and even sang and played with a cover band growing up.
Q: What is your songwriting process like?
Lainey: At one point, writing seemed too hard. But when I got to college, I was able to explore things on my own for the first time. A big struggle for me was feeling like the indie rock space was extremely hard to make it in as a woman, as most artists in the space were men. So for a long time, this was discouraging. A big inspiration for me was going to see indie music from artists like Julien Baker and Phoebe Bridgers… Seeing them and others come in and trailblaze the way for independent, female artists was a huge push for me in realizing that I could do it too.
Q: What’s the Austin music scene been like for you?
Lainey: The music scene in Austin is so interconnected. Once I started playing live, I started getting asked to play more and more shows. It’s a really communal environment and everybody really just wants to be up on a stage. It’s incredible for up and coming artists.