"The Life You Promised", the debut release from singer/songwriter/pianist Ashley Aucker, will be available everywhere April 26th. Following the release of her well received single "Alone" in November of 2010, the four song EP further explores Ashley's uncanny knack for gorgeous melodies. A very purposeful and mindful songwriter, Ashley's wit and sincerity are both readily apparent on the record.
But for as much as Ashley is a songwriter, she's also a piano player and an immensely talented vocalist. Nods to singers as varied as Regina Spektor, Rihanna, and Imogen Heap are evident throughout. All of this sits nicely within textured sonic creations that are infectious and just plain catchy. Ashley has no problem putting the heaviest hip-hop beats right beside the most gentle vocal passage, and somehow it all works. "I'm after anything that gets my ears excited.
Whatever moves me."
Ashley crafted her sound with the help of friend and producer Kevin Gales, whose industry credits are as varied as hardcore heavyweights Means, the Dixie Chicks, and Fiona Apple. "Working with Kevin is something everyone should get to experience at some point in their life. Just fun!"
Thematically, Ashley's songs are as wide ranging as the music itself.
A wife and new mom, Ashley reflects on how important her husband Nate's support has been. "Nate's support gives me confidence. And what is writing but a moment of confidence thinking that maybe you do have something to say..."
Ashley also sheds light on the EPs title "The Life You Promised". "The title comes from a heart that is seeking God's best. God promises that He has a purpose for our lives. I'm just trying to figure out what that is. I know it's not supposed to be easy or free of heartache, but I find myself wanting more of the life God wants for me and less of the life I have chosen for myself".
Look for the EP and a video for the new single "My Dear" in late April.