2016 AGMA Grand Marshal Krewes Parade
2016 AGMA Grand Marshal Krewes Parade
Jason Ashley Music
reaches everyone and changes everything.
When Jason Ashley becomes a household name
to country music fans across the country it will be due
to his hard work, stewardship and his relentless drive.
This award-winning singer/songwriter has three CDs, fans
of all ages and a full understanding of who he is as a
Christian and a country artist.
This Louisiana boy grew up in Alexandria
and has been performing since he was in elementary school.
But it took the watchful eye of a choir teacher, Mrs.
Gayle Roach, to push a solo on him and raise his confidence
in sixth grade. Many perfect ratings in music contests
would follow. He recalls, Getting those high ratings
were like getting a perfect 10 in the Olympics.
Jason was the number one baritone in Louisiana
for two years and turned down a music scholarship to New
Orleans Tulane University to pursue his country
music career. After graduation, he joined his first band
which required traveling 100 miles a night for rehearsals.
At the encouragement of his godmother, he also picked
up a guitar and began learning how to accompany himself.
Just as that choir teacher and his godmother
have gently pushed Jason along, he soon got another push
that was a full-blown shove into songwriting. Jason won
second place in the Jimmy Dean Country Music Showdown
and was told that he would have won first if he had only
written his own music. His songwriting began and he returned
to win the contest the following two years.
Even as a young man, Jasons compassionate
heart led him to donate his time and talent to worthy
causes such as the St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital
in his hometown. While performing at a St. Jude event
as the opening act for a then new artist, Mindy McCready,
her producer took notice of Jason. David Malloy had worked
with Eddie Rabbitt, Reba McIntire and Fleetwood Mac and
when he suggested Jason move to Nashville - his bags were
packed and he was on the road. Once in Nashville, Jason
met songwriter Michael Garvin and found himself singing
a demo for him just as Garth Brooks had once done.
Jason was at a high point living,
working and networking in Nashville. Then real life intervened
and he found out that his mother was deathly ill. He down
shifted his career in order to travel back and forth to
Louisiana for the next three years finally moving back
home at 28. God was telling me that I needed to
move back. So Jason and his new bride made the move
and just five short months later his mother passed away.
Jason lovingly recalls, Those five months with my
mom were a precious time that I would not trade for anything.
Following his mothers death, Jasons
passion for music was renewed and he was delighted to
hear that his wife was pregnant. The news of the child
felt to Jason as like a divine sign of hope for this new
chapter in his life. Jason was later devastated to learn
that the child was not his. All the heart aches
and heart breaks that I have experienced have made me
a gifted songwriter who can write songs that get to a
person where they feel it in the gut!
After his divorce he was living with a
friend and once again was open to a gentle nudge from
above. He remembers seeing a baseball trophy in his friends
house that said Risk. Youll never get to second
with your foot stuck on first. He got up the next
day, headed back to Nashville and began working on his
first album. That album was entitled Coming Up Clean.
In 2009, he won a Terry Award as the Texas Songwriter
of the Year for his song, Handle with Care
off this first album. That album was after my divorce
and allowed me to wash away the hurt and come up clean
in my new life.
Garth Brooks and Keith Urban are the frequent
comparisons that are made to Jason. His early musical
influences came from his mothers old record collection.
I used to get out my moms 45s and listen to
Buddy Holly, Elvis and later the Commodores with Lionel
Jason has fans of all ages and along with
his St. Jude and Shriners Hospital alliances he is associated
with Night of Superstars (NOS), an annual event that gives
red carpet treatment and recognition to children with
disabilities and illnesses who continue to give back to
their communities. NOS takes place in Dallas/Fort Worth
and in the St. Louis area and is spreading across the
Jasons newly released third album,
Undeniable, has been five years in the making.
Every song on the album was written by Jason and this
CD is available on his website, JasonAshley.com. While
I have been preparing for this third CD, God has been
taking me on a very special journey and I have grown into
a man right in front of my own eyes. Songs on this
album such as "Take the Chance" and "Just
for a While" are gentle pushes from me to you that
I hope will open your mind and remind you that you are
In 2014 Jason was named the Hottest Bachelor
in Dallas, TX by the television show Inside Edition.
Now, as 2015 is coming to a close a major
life event has happened for Jason, he has remarried has
a beautiful 8month old daughter and is back in the studio
finishing up his new project entitled Drive.
Jason Ashley is currently performing in
Louisiana, Dallas/Fort Worth area, St Louis Missouri,
and expanding. Jason is well-known in Texas and his popularity
is spreading throughout the Southwest and the Midwest.
He is spending a lot of time in the studio recording new
songs and plans to prove to a record company that he can
be a prolific artist producing a top-quality county music
product. Jason is on a quest for a record label to call
My hope for my future is to have
a successful national career that allows me to help as
many people as possible.