June 28, 2014
Ashley Davis has been nurturing her passion for music since she was just about 14. There is something absolutely great about those artist who manage to start performing and writing material so early on in their life.
Being so young, many aspiring singers fail to realize the amount of work needed to succeed in music, even though they are blessed with an unprecedented enthusiasm and motivation. Ashley seems to bridge these two philosophy, with enough organization and care for her act, yet allowing her creative instinct to play a significant part of her performances and recordings alike.
Combining her love for culture and history with a fondness for period music and folk tradition, Ashley set out to create a unique and expressive blend of music, not unlike acts such as Blackmore’s Night, albeit with a more polished feel. It didn’t take long before Ashley managed to leave a really positive impression on the music scene, bringing her Irish-American music on tour and performing extensively for different audiences in different settings.
When you write music, you always try to challenge yourself and find new creative solutions; brand new ways to push the boundaries and defy your habitual compositional structures. This is absolutely amazing and healthy: there can be no process without a bit of self-challenge! On the other hand, experimenting might remove a musician from pursuing that simplicity, that immediacy and that spontaneity that is so important in music.
It seems to me that because of her experience on stage, Ashley learned to communicate with the audience, and she managed to translate her experiences into relatable and appealing tunes on her album “Night Travels”. Her tuneful melodies are direct, yet classy and sophisticated at the same time echoing classic sounds but appealing to a wider crowd, including Irish music first timers!
“Night travels” is a testimony of a confident, passionate and engaging performer! Five stars from Celtic Radio!