David Ashley With the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as his childhood home and traveling the world, David Ashley has come to appreciate a wide variety of music and a global perspective on life and faith.
David grew up in a country music home and still finds favor with iconic country like Charlie Rich, Hank Williams or Johnny Cash and even some of the modern country artists like Big and Rich. Then in the 70's, during his teenage years, he formed his first rock band, appropriately named 'Feedback.' It was barely one step up from a garage band, mostly because no one had a garage. A few gigs later he enlisted in the Air Force.
Through the years and travels, he has become a lover of most music. "I like it all... mostly... there's really very little music I don't enjoy... except music that promotes violence, hatred or is a constant spewing of vulgar insults... to me that's anti-music, counter productive, juvenile, not worthy of an ear." says David in reflection of what turns him on and off musically. Then he ads, with a smirk, "But I really don't have an opinion on all this."
Growing up in the back woods gave him an appreciation of nature. You'll hear references to that in his music - the sounds of wind, water and other nature sounds are uniquely interwoven into this alternative rock-blues-folk style. "I enjoy and appreciate big cities and the energy of big crowds, but my heaven includes a calm wind
and a slow lakeshore wake, sitting next to a campfire... without mosquitoes, of course. There will be no pesky bugs in heaven, I'm sure."
David makes Christian music, but he hardly concentrates on heavenly things, such as mansions in glory and golden streets. With delivery in a foreboding, minor key melody he has an unusual hopefulness and upbeat notes in his voice. Intertwined throughout every CD is the beautiful central message of the Gospel; that no matter how much we've messed up our lives, God offers a second chance. When Ashley rocks out, he sometimes does so with a slightly industrial edge. Even in his blues work you'll find a mix of choas and hope. A close examination of his lyrics reveals a gutsy and honest self examination, dark at times, but always in the reflection of faith with intention of driving listeners to the light. For those turned off by Christian music's rampant optimism, you might find Ashley's guarded hope refreshing.
His years of dabbling in music lead him to the highly anticipated release of his first solo project, David on Earth, released in July of 2008. More recently, being associated with the bands Hughes and Polaradio has caused a renewed energy for writing and performing again. His second CD, Ashes to Ashes, was released in March 2009. Then later in December of 2009, the Mercy EP was released. In September 2010 he released his latest, Half Done