Nashville recording artist, Ashley Marie Lewis, performs "A Thousand Things", "It's Your Lie", "Cool In My Skin", and "Just So You Know" from her debut album, "So Much More".
Performance video recorded at 12th & Porter - Nashville, Tennessee - October 23rd, 2011. Produced by Red Ridge Entertainment - Nashville.
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— BIOGRAPHY —
Behind a face of pure innocence lies a soulful vocalist and songwriter by the name of Ashley Marie Lewis. A Youngstown, Ohio native, this Nashville recording artist captivates audiences with raw talent, bringing a whole new playing field to the music scene with her unique sound, equipped with Pop and Country vibes to form the perfect blend for your listening pleasure.
"I always knew that this is where I was meant to be," explains the twenty-six year old. "I've never wanted anything more in my life. When I was twelve, I wrote my first song. The funny thing is, it was actually written on a dare from my middle school principal. I penned it with my friend, Cyndle, and tweaked it as I got older. It was called 'Wish You Were Here', and it was about a boy who left me and broke my heart. I didn't even know what love was then! Oddly enough, this was the same principal who taught my brother how to play guitar!"
Ashley grew up on Oldies music, attending concerts since she was "in the womb". "I attended my first concert in my mom's stomach," she jokes. "My mom always told me that I 'had a beat', and I guess taking me to concerts as I was developing helped a lot." Ashley laughs, "My parents actually raised my brother and me on Oldies music. We used to go to concerts every summer that our local F.O.P. sponsored. It was really cool because my dad knew the police officers, so we always got to go backstage to meet the artists. I guess you could say I 'grew up in the business'."
Her experiences and exposure to live audiences include: Performing at the age of seven with Oldies singer, Bobby Vee; Dancing on stage with former Arista recording artists, LFO, at the age of fourteen; and singing the National Anthem at local hockey games, including one for charity, which benefited a player from her hometown team. Ashley has also performed The Star-Spangled Banner at football and basketball games, and boxing matches, including a performance in front of the Canadian National Team. In October of 2008, Ashley was one of sixteen finalists who performed in the fourth annual "Youngstown Superstar" competition, held at the Youngstown Playhouse. In July of 2009, at the age of twenty-three, Ashley had the opportunity to perform a capella with LFO at Musica in Akron, Ohio.
"It was a dream come true to take the stage with LFO," says the singer. "They've been a major influence on my music and I've always looked up to them. They've been through a lot and are a few of my biggest inspirations. We'd met several times before, but we didn't know each other at the time. When they brought me up on stage, and we started singing, you would've sworn it was rehearsed. We clicked that well. It was truly amazing and such an unforgettable experience. I'm forever thankful, and I'm even more grateful for the friendship that we were able to form following that performance. I'm blessed to have gotten to know such talented artists from a random act of fate."
Ashley has been singing her entire life, and playing drumset and other various instruments in the percussion family since she was six years old. She has been compared to great talents, such as Jennifer Nettles of SugarLand, Carrie Underwood, Jessica Simpson, Christina Aguilera, and Shania Twain.
"It's definitely an honor to be compared to such amazing vocalists," Ashley admits. "I have my own unique sound and I'm humbled to be placed in the same category with them. They are all such talented artists and I hope that I can be even half as successful as they are."
In early 2010, Ashley was found gracing the stage of the historic Ponderosa Park in Salem, Ohio, where she was the lead vocalist of the Red Garter House Band. Ashley was the last artist to sign her name on the famed backstage wall prior to the park’s closing that same year, alongside the signatures of past and present-day artists such as Charley Pride, Johnny Cash, Reba McEntire, and George Strait.
"Having the opportunity to perform at Ponderosa [Park] is like a dream come true. It's an honor to be playing at the same venue that so many of today's hottest artists once played in previous years. The history [of the park] just amazes me. I just hope that I can leave a lasting impression on the stage the way that those artists did for so many of us."
In April of 2010, Ashley recorded her first demo with respected producer and session musician, Buddy Hyatt (Former touring member of Toto), in Nashville, Tennessee. On June 8th 2010, Ashley released her first EP, “Drive”, which quickly became a local success.
Her debut album, "So Much More", which was also recorded in Nashville, was released on August 12th, 2011. Ashley’s album is graced with the presence of Reba McEntire’s steel guitarist, Bruce Bouton; and two of the fourteen tracks on the LP were co-written by keyboardist, Eddie Kilgallon (Bandleader of Montgomery Gentry), and Wil Nance (Co-writer of Brad Paisley's #1 single, "She's Everything"). — AshleyMarieLewis.com