Australia's Lanie Lane Quits Music Biz: 'I Have Found the Constant Pressure… Unbearable'

Award-winning Australian singer-songwriter Lanie Lane has called it a day after just two albums. 

The blues-rocker on Tuesday posted a letter to her Website in which she explained that she'd found the "constant pressure" of being a touring and recording artist had become "unbearable" and that she often felt depressed or anxious from the lifestyle. So she's making a change, and she's getting out. 

Just four years ago, Lanie's name (she was born Lanier Myra) was in the conversation as one of Australia's top young rock 'n' roll talents. Lanie's debut album To The Horses entered the ARIA charts at No. 12 following its October 2011 release. In the months that followed, she won FBi Radio's SMAC Award for record of the year, The Age's EG award for best female, and she recorded two songs in Nashville for Jack White's Third Man Records, including the single "Ain't Hungry". To The Horses is now certified gold (35,000 units).

In 2012, Lanie's won the blues and roots award at Australia's Independent Music Awards in Melbourne. In what should have been the sweetest of moments, Lanie's victory was soured by a heckler from the crowd who yelled "not independent" (various aspects of Lanie's career are managed by affiliates of Mushroom Group, a distinctly independent -- and powerful -- music firm). It was an incident that rumbled on in the Australian music biz long after the hangovers had subsided.

Lanie's style and sound continued to evolve, and she found inspiration for her second set, Night Shade, in an isolated area of Victorian bush. The album was well received but couldn't match the commercial success of its predecessor, opening at No. 42 on the ARIA Albums Chart in November 2014. 

The full statement reads: 

"The uprooted-ness of the rock n roll lifestyle is no longer for me and the ambition (which I believe is a pre-requisite to success in the music industry) of cultivating fame or attention has completely left me now. At times, I have found the constant pressure that a touring & recording artist requires to be accustomed to, unbearable. I utterly respect those who can withstand the pressures of a life constantly on the road and with the expectations for continued success. I personally found myself not liking who I was becoming under stress and difficult circumstances. It felt like a lot of the time I was either depressed or anxious, so I've begun to change the circumstances of my life to be back in the flow again.

My love of creating, writing & playing music is definitely not in question here. These aspects are the true joy of music for me. I will always sing when the time is right, but never in a way that puts any strain on my mind/body/spirit or creative flow. I'm a much happier and peaceful person when I live simply. 

I'm very much looking forward to playing the shows which remain in the calendar and I hope to perform some select shows in the future - the occasional festival or intimate house/garden concerts for fans. I do not plan on any further heavy venue touring, so I encourage my beautiful fans to come to along these upcoming shows.  

I thank from the bottom of my heart Winterman & Goldstein Management, Ivy League Records, The Harbour Agency, and Mushroom Group. You're all incredibly hard working people and I salute your dedication to promoting Australian music!"

A statement issued by Mushroom Group says Lanie will take an "indefinite departure from touring and recording" and notes, "We wish Lanie nothing but great health and positivity and hope that she continues to find happiness in this next stage of her life."

The singer has five concerts left on her slate. The last of her booked shows, an April 18 gig at Tanks Arts Centre in Cairns, will be her "last for the foreseeable future."