Lauren Lapointe's latest songs were written from a place of discovery of her strength as a songwriter, singer and musician.
Lapointe's new CD "Superhero" was released in May. On June 28, a CD release party will take plafce at the Sentient Bean, with special guests Mark Carter, Todd Murray, Ben Wells and Taylor Martin joining Lapointe.
With Martin, she co-wrote the songs "Dusty Tired Angel" and "Rattlesnake Mountain Road" for the CD.
Produced in Nashville, it features 12 original Americana, roots-rock, pop and old country songs and showcases strong songwriting.
Listeners will notice a difference from Lapointe's previous recordings.
"This one has more of a country/Americana sound on some songs than the previous two," she said.
Since the release of her last CD, "Butterfly," in 2007, Lapointe has developed an interest in old country music, spawned by the purchase of a 1971 Gibson Hummingbird guitar in a vintage music store.
"When I sat down with it, the first song that came was an old-style country song, like something you'd hear out of the Grand Ole Opry," Lapointe said. "I had a theory those songs were locked up in that guitar and all came out. People have told me I should write a song about that."
Lapointe has developed her interest in country music with a sense of adventure.
"I didn't grow up with it, so it's kind of exciting for me," she said.
"Not all the songs are country, though," Lapointe said. "I'm a bit of a dabbler, so there are other styles, too."
The Canada native didn't discover she was musical until she'd obtained a degree in business and was working in business.
"My mom and sister are quite musical," she said. "My mom played the piano and my sister and I sang together while doing the dishes.
"But I didn't discover music until I was an adult and working at business," Lapointe said. "I felt like what I was doing wasn't really what I was supposed to be doing with my life.
"I decided to quit my job, and three weeks later, my husband and I packed up the car with camping equipment. He teaches at SCAD, so he was on break then."
The two ended up in Nashville at the renowned Bluebird Cafe.
"They ushered us to the front row," she said. "They were doing a singer/songwriter thing and I was mesmereized. I thought, 'I want to do that one day.' A few years later, I got to play at The Bluebird Cafe."
"Superhero" was recorded in Nashville.
"I'm starting to visit Nashville and am making it part of my touring," Lapointe said.
"I've always loved music a lot and I'm always dancing and singing along. As soon as I started playing guitar, I started singing, and as soon as I started singing, I started writing songs.
"A lot of people have years of playing in their bedroom and honing their chops," she said. "I started playing in Savannah right away."
Her first professional gig was at Tubby's on River Street.
"They asked, 'Do you have four hours of material?,'" she said. "I lied and said, 'Sure.'
"I learned and developed myself in the public eye. Savannah has been kind to me in that way. ... I've always had people come and support me. Savannah is a great place," she said.
At the party, Lapointe will sing songs from the new CD and the first two. Her first album, "Beautiful Shadow," was released in 2005.
"A lot of my buddies will be playing with me who are really talented musicians," Lapointe said. "And the Bean is giving me a Friday night, which is amazing. It's going to be really fun."
IF YOU GO
What: CD release party with Lauren Lapointe
When: 8 p.m. June 28
Where: The Sentient Bean, 13 E. Park Ave.
Info: www.sentientbean.com, 912-232-4447