The first time she took the stage at the age of six Lainey Lou Rodriguez promptly ran off, overcome by shyness.
That's a thing of the past now, as the Sunnyside High School junior, who goes by her first two names, earlier this month released her first music CD.
Rodriguez says it's the culmination of music she's been writing since her freshman year of high school.
Called "Convey," the album consists of what Rodriguez calls "coffee house music" full of soothing tones. She plays piano on the album, full of her original compositions based on her experiences and those of her friends.
The CD's title, says Rodriguez, is all about conveying those experiences.
"Everybody goes through certain things in life," she said. "My passion is music."
She cites Norah Jones and John Mayer as among her musical inspirations.
Rodriguez says her musical abilities and interests are "all God." She credits God for her gifts and for putting her in a supportive group of family and friends.
Her parents, Jan Hinkle-Rodriguez and Hugo Rodriguez, have been there with her throughout the musical journey, says Rodriguez, and paid for the recording time at Rainmaker Studios in Kennewick.
She credits a family friend, Debbie Skinner, for getting her started in music back at the age of six, when she was asked to take the stage at a Grange to sing a song.
Rodriguez may have run off that stage, but she returned a moment later to sing her song.
She's been on stage ever since, a leading actor in Sunnyside High School's musicals and now as a recording artist.
Though she plans to release her sophomore CD or an EP next summer, Rodriguez says acting is in her future.
After high school she plans to study musical theater in college to pursue her career.
As for "Convey," the $10 CD can be picked up in the Lower Valley at Guerra's coffee shop at 1829 South First Street in Sunnyside, formerly called the Caffeine Cup.
"Convey" is also available for purchase at Angela's Floral in Prosser.
Samples of Rodriguez's music can be heard at www.myspace.com/LaineyLouProductions.
She's hoping to have her CD available on iTunes by August. "Convey" can also be ordered by contacting Rodriquez at 643-6626.