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The best kept secret in music

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"Telling it to the universe"

"The spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me to preach good news to the poor."

-- Isaiah 61:1

I've always wished I could sing well.- So I'm always a little envious of those who have that talent -- especially those who know the source from which it comes and use it for his glory.

Earlier this month, I was blessed to be able to interview Ashla, a Christian singer from Birmingham who has more vocal talent at 17 than I'll ever dream of.

Ashla, by the way, will be opening for Big Daddy Weave in a concert at Decatur Baptist Church on Saturday, Aug. 28. The concert is a fund-raiser for the United Way, The Neighborhood Christian Centers of Alabama and the Downtown Rescue Mission. It's sponsored by the church's Celebrate Recovery program, which coordinator Trent Stephenson describes as "a 12-step program where the only higher power is Jesus Christ."

About a month ago, she opened for Mercy Me. This past weekend, she performed on the same stage as Rebecca St. James, Jeff Deyo, Petra and other well-known artists.

She's quick to tell you why she does it, though. Her Web site refers to Isaiah 61.

"That's our foundation and our ministry," Ashla said. "God has anointed us with his anointing to present his gospel all through the world, and that's what we're here to do."

Ashla said some of her own favorites in the Christian music realm include Mercy Me.

"Those guys are awesome," Ashla said. "They have broken that boundary … You can turn on a secular radio station and hear their music. But they don't back down and try to hide what they're about. Their shows end with people getting saved."

The group is excited about opening for Big Daddy Weave, but equally grateful for the chance to help others.

Ashla said that's important because it helps fulfill God's purposes. Stephenson, who accompanied Ashla on a public relations tour for the concert last week, expects big things out of this show and her career.

"She's phenomenal," he said. "She's 17 years old, and she's setting the Christian music scene on fire. She's going to go places."

Ashla plays a variety of music, designed to appeal to all different sorts of people. She and her band describe it as their "NASA mission."

"We want to reach every part of the universe," she said. "It reaches every type of age group. We're taking the gospel to everyone." - TimesDaily


Discography

Several tracks are currently receiving airplay across the US.
Select tracks are available online at http://download.com/ashla
The Debut Cd “Real” includes:
Lightening Bolt
I’m-N-Love
Bottled Tears
Free to Believe
Rush
Screaming Out Loud
Radio Rawkin’ Supastar
Rock Tha’ World
Desperate Worship
Welcome to My World

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Feeling a bit camera shy

Bio

Born with a passion that is fearless and a voice that will leave you breathless, Ashla has been captivating audiences all throughout the country with her contagious confidence and electrifying personality on stage and off! Raised up in a small country town south of Birmingham, Alabama this eighteen year old daughter of a preacher was brought up on strong southern Christian values. At the early age of ten months Ashla began lighting up the stage in hundreds of national and regional pageants. Throughout her pageant career she has not only held the reign of Little Miss Alabama but also numerous national titles such as: America's Most Beautiful, Little Miss Stardust, and Miss American Talent and Beauty just to name a few. Ashla gained experience and recognition in competitions with others that have shared her dream such as: Justin Timberlake and Diana DeGarmo. At age twelve she went on to do runway modeling, print work and commercials. Ashla loved performing and having grown up around music she knew at a young age what her calling was. It was then no surprise when she began singing in church. She soon began accompanying her Father leading worship at his revivals. Ashla always had a dream and passion to touch lives and heal broken hearts. When Ashla was fourteen an admiration lead to an opportunity to sing back up for pop sensations Plus One. That event opened doors to a rewarding relationship with local Christian radio station WDJC. Ashla began appearing on various talk shows on the station including "The Mark and Mack Show," America's #1 Christian morning show. A local writer/producer heard her interview and was motivated to invest and work with Ashla in beginning a music career. Ashla went into the studio and recorded two singles that captivated the Birmingham music scene and launched airplay from the South to the Midwest. She soon began turning the ears of many with her unique sound and style of performance. Her goals to reach out to a lost and dying world with her talent, gift, and ultimate vision to go "global" now was given an outlet. More than anything her heart is in reaching out, touching peoples lives, and making an impact when no one else will. Her music mixes a variety of styles and influences with a taste and excitement that leaves many in awe. Given the chance and opportunity she will not disappoint. She has a huge developing fan base that is growing constantly! She has already performed with most of Christian music's biggest names such as: Mercy Me, Michael W. Smith, Jeff Deyo, Rebecca St. James, Bid daddy Weave, Casting Crowns, Karen Wheaton, David Crowder, Marty Raybon, Salvador, and Seventh Day Slumber to name a few. Keep your eyes peeled for more from Ashla, the best is yet to come!