Kay Ashley

Kay Ashley

 San Francisco, California, USA
BandPop

Kay Ashley is a contemporary singer-songwriter influenced by The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Nick Drake, and Hindustani classical music. Her music is catchy, harmonically adventurous, and settles into your soul as if it's always been there, but offers unexpected twists and turns.

Biography

It all started in a gravel pit in the North Maine Woods. A reluctant graduate student in geology, Kay Ashley was withering under the flinty stare of the noonday sun, hacking away at 10,000-year-old glacial sediments with an army issue hoe pick, all while providing lunch to the legendary northern Maine black flies--and she thought, "there must be something better than this." So, Kay decided to leave the rocks in the gravel pits where they belonged, and to return to her first love: music. This prompted a move to New York City and most recently, a relocation to sunny and seismic California, and the rest is but a nanosecond in geologic history.

Kay Ashley is a contemporary singer-songwriter whose influences range from The Beatles and Led Zeppelin, to Joni Mitchell, Michael Hedges, Nick Drake, and Hindustani classical music. Her music is impressionistic yet infectious, catchy yet harmonically adventurous. Her songs settle into your consciousness as if they've always been there, but take you on unexpected twists and turns.

Kay's debut CD, "Heliotrope," co-produced by Grammy Award winner Michael Leonhart (Steely Dan, Lenny Kravitz), was released on March 21, 2009, and features performances by Michael Leonhart, Martha Colby (October Project), Raquy Danziger, Timothy Hill (The Harmonic Choir), elizabeth!, Jenny Goodspeed, Sean McCaul (Philip Glass), Bill Dobrow (Sean Lennon, Martha Wainwright), and David Pilgrim.

In 2008, Billboard Magazine honored Kay with 4 top-tier Honorable Mentions in the 15th Annual Billboard World Song Contest: "Beautiful" placed in both the Folk and Pop categories; "Holy Man" placed in the World category; and "The Wind Is Gonna Blow You Down" placed in the Rock category. Kay was also selected to perform in the prestigious "Folk DJ's Choice" Showcase at the 2008 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference.

In 2010, Kay relocated to the San Francisco Bay area, where the weather is nicer, and where people also like music.

Lyrics

To The Ground

Written By: Kay Ashley

Words & Music by Kay Ashley (BMI)

I am falling down
My bruises are turning from blue to brown
I can’t seem to make it in this town
My songs fall in silence to the ground.

There’s so many people in this town
But no one seems to want me around
I’ve got walls in my heart and my smiles mask frowns
They mask frowns...

I’m falling through space
I’m looking for the face
Of one who can turn me around
But I know that’s no way to be
So aimless and I’m never free
I’m just falling, falling, falling, falling, falling, falling...
To the ground.

These days we’ve all got thorns in our crowns
Except for the rich ones who own this town
They’d just as soon drive you and me into the ground
They’ve got greed in their eyes and their smiles mask frowns
They mask frowns...

I’m falling through space
I’m looking for the face
Of one who can turn me around
But I know that’s no way to be
So aimless and I’m never free
I’m just falling, falling, falling, falling, falling, falling...
To the ground.

Even now when I walk through this town
All I can see are towers falling down
Falling down
Falling down
To the ground
To the ground
To the ground.

Bicycle

Written By: Kay Ashley

Words & Music by Kay Ashley (BMI)

Her hands to guide me
Always to guide me
To steer me straight
To steer me slow
Steer me high
Steer me low

Her hands to hold me,
Always to hold me
To hold me tight
To hold me close
Keep me in sight
Keep me at home

Round, up down
Round, up down
Round, up down
Round, up down
The road...
She let go...

Her hands to hide me
Always to hide me
To keep me young
So she's not old
No more fun
I'm all alone

Her hands to guide me
Always to guide me
To steer me straight
To steer me slow
Steer me high
Steer me low

Round, up down
Round, up down
Round, up down
Round, up down
The road...

Round, up down
Round, up down
Round, up down
Round, up down
The road...
She let go...
She let go...

Eyes So Bright

Written By: Kay Ashley

Words & Music by Kay Ashley (BMI)

Come dance with me in the orange night,
Come sing with me in the neon light.
Come lay with me in the grass tonight,
Come look at me with your eyes so bright.

You came flying like the western wind
You came flying and my heart gave in
You came flying on the morning light
You came flying with your eyes so, eyes so bright.

Come run with me in the golden sands,
Come run with me and I'll hold your hand.
Come bathe with me in the ocean blue,
Come laugh with me like it's all brand new.

You came flying like the western wind
You came flying and my heart gave in
You came flying on the morning light
You came flying with your eyes so, eyes so bright.

Come dance with me in the orange night,
Come sing with me in the neon light.

Beautiful

Written By: Kay Ashley

Words & Music by Kay Ashley (BMI)

Beautiful African boy,
every time I see your eyes,
all I see are birds in flight.

Beautiful African boy,
every time I see your smile,
I wish you'd sit and stay awhile.

My beauty, I see the future full of you and me;
my lovely, I see the sun shining on sandy beaches;
my ebony tree, you make me feel so beautiful,
so beautiful and free.

Beautiful African boy,
every time you walk away,
I feel my heart sigh and break.

Beautiful African boy,
I wanna wait, I wanna stay,
but it's always been too late.

My beauty, I see the future full of you and me;
my lovely, I see the sun shining on sandy beaches;
my ebony tree, you make me feel so beautiful,
so beautiful and free.

We were born under different skies,
the things I believe, you think they're lies.
You are ruled by the minaret tower,
and I believe in my own power,
my own power, my own power...

Beautiful African boy,
let's live on the pulse of today,
that's all we've got anyway.

Beautiful African boy,
let's cherish the joy we feel,
it can't last but it's so real.

My beauty, I see the future full of you and me;
my lovely, I see the sun shining on sandy beaches;
my ebony tree, you make me feel so beautiful,
so beautiful and free,
so beautiful and free,
so beautiful and free.

Holy Man

Written By: Kay Ashley

Words & Music by Kay Ashley (BMI)

Should I be Mary or Magdalene?
I'm waiting, what's it gonna be?
I wonder what you think,
are you thinking of me?

Should I wait or forget thee?
I'm waiting, what's it gonna be?
I wonder what you think,
are you thinking of me?

You may be a holy man,
but holy only modifies,
because I saw lust in your eyes.
You may be a holy man,
but holy only modifies
because I saw love...
and now you're running scared,
and my soul is bared before thee.

Should I be Mary or Magdalene?
I'm waiting, what's it gonna be?
I wonder what you think,
are you thinking of me?

You may be a holy man,
but holy only modifies,
because I saw lust in your eyes.
You may be a holy man,
but holy only modifies
because I saw love...
and now you're running scared,
and my soul is bared before thee...
You may be a holy man,
but holy only modifies,
because I saw lust in your eyes.

The Wind Is Gonna Blow You Down

Written By: Kay Ashley

Words & Music by Kay Ashley (BMI)

You're drowning in despair
you say that life is so unfair
the whole world's got you in the cross hairs
but you nailed yourself to that cross you bear.

And the wind is gonna blow you down
yeah, the wind is gonna blow you down.

You put out your flame
and the darkened coals reflect your shame
but there's no one to blame
no one left to play your game

You're running, hiding, casting stones
and now you'll reap the seeds you've sown
yeah, now you'll reap the seeds you've sown.

And the wind is gonna blow you down
yeah, the wind is gonna blow you down.

Your heart's consumed by fear and hate
no lessons learned, no wisdom gained
so you walk on towards your fate
and the desert sands, they lie in wait.

And the wind is gonna blow you down
yeah, the wind is gonna blow you down.

You're running, hiding, casting stones
and now you'll reap the seeds you've sown
yeah, now you'll reap the seeds you've sown...

The wind... is gonna blow you...
the wind... is gonna blow you down...

Black Valentine

Written By: Kay Ashley

Black Valentine
Words & Music by Kay Ashley (BMI)

Black valentine, you said you'd be mine
You said that you'd love me true
And you spoke in words borrowed and blue.

Black valentine, you drank me like wine
But you called me angry and untrue
As if it had nothing to do with you.

Black valentine, in search of lost time
You blamed me for what you lost down the line
But the sickness in your heart, it's not mine.

You're staring at the grate
Planning your escape
Planning your escape

Go ahead and run
(it's what you do, it's what you do)
Go ahead and run
(it's nothing new, it's nothing new)
Go ahead and run
(you know you will, you know you will)
Go ahead and run
(you got your fill, you got your fill)
Go ahead and run
(who pays the bill? who pays the bill?)

Black valentine, so proud of your mind
You think you're some kind of sage
But your skin can't cover your rage.

Black valentine, you were not so kind
I saw you on the street and we had nothing to say
You stared at me, ashamed, and I looked away.

You're staring at the grate
Planning your escape
Planning your escape

Go ahead and run
(it's what you do, it's what you do)
Go ahead and run
(it's nothing new, it's nothing new)
Go ahead and run
(you know you will, you know you will)
Go ahead and run
(you got your fill, you got your fill)
Go ahead and run
(who pays the bill? who pays the bill?)
Go ahead and run
(it's what you do, it's what you do)
Go ahead and run
(it's nothing new, it's nothing new)
Go ahead and run
(right out of view, right out of view)

Black valentine
You said you'd be mine
Said you'd be
Said you'd be
Said you'd be
Said you'd be mine.

Fallen Flowers

Written By: Kay Ashley

Fallen Flowers
Words & Music by Kay Ashley (BMI)

Fallen flowers
Stale brown water
Drained
Down the sink

Fallen flowers
Squandered hours
Wasted
Thoughts to think

I still see the bright sun
Through the leaves
Still hear the echoes
Of my screams

You gave me a reason to cry
You made me give up the fight
You planted the seed of need
In a hole so deep
In a hole so deep

I can’t lean towards the light
I can’t lean towards the light

Fallen flowers
Fallen flowers
Stuck in my lonely head
Stuck in my lonely head.

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Written By: Kay Ashley

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Discography

Heliotrope
Debut full-length CD released March 21, 2009

Leaning Towards The Light (demo EP-2006)
Fallen Flowers (demo EP-2002)

Set List

Beautiful
To The Ground
The Wind is Gonna Blow You Down
Holy Man
Eyes So Bright
Bicycle
Viraha
Fallen Flowers
Black Valentine
Pink Moon
Magnetic Poetry
You Don't Know