For those of you who don't know me, my name is Ashley. I like to call myself a singer/songwriter because that is what I do. I write and sing my own songs. Many people ask me, "Would you rather be an artist or a songwriter?" My answer: BOTH. I love both so much I couldn't imagine having to pick between the two. I grew up in West Michigan and many people have described my music as being "Northern Modern Country". I grew up listening to artists like Tanya Tucker, Jackson Browne, Martina McBride, LeAnn Rimes, Tom Petty, Guns and Roses, Celine Dion, Sheryl Crow, and Jewel. I never really got into the whole "Nsync" and "Backstreet Boys" bubble gum pop of the late 90's. While my friends where rehearsing the dance moves to Nsync's "Bye Bye Bye", I was engrossed in the lyrics of "The Pretender". Yes. I was a strange girl. :) I spent most of my time with my brother, Zack, preparing for our next performance and recording our weekly hour long radio show on 106.3wcsg. When I was about 15, I picked up the acoustic guitar, started songwriting, and never looked back. There have been many bumps in the road along my musical journey and these experiences have helped shape the artist and person I am today. I have been so blessed to have such loving family and friends in my life. I am also blessed to have such loyal listeners who have continued to show an interest in my music and have continued to come to my performances throughout the years. I write honest songs about real life. I feel that the most fulfilling part of being a musician is not the cheering crowd or having a #1 hit on the radio; it is causing someone to get tears in their eyes and chills up their arms because a song touched them in such a significant way. That is my goal. If I haven't touched you yet, I hope to do so in the future. God gave us gifts to do good things and I hope to do good with the gifts he has given me.
Thanks for listening!