Back on the beat with Ashley Martin
By: Jim Bucher
During my career at a certain TV station in town, my duties morphed into a bunch of things. One of those things was to profile “up and comers.” So, now it’s cool here in the Dayton City Paper to continue to highlight what’s great in Dayton and beyond. I mean, after all, I was the one that said Springfield’s own John Legend would become a big star.
OK, not really, but I have a good feeling about this young lady you’re about to meet.
This up and comer is Ashley Martin. Born and bred here in the Miami Valley and soon – I feel it – she’ll be known in the music industry and be on your iTunes list.
Martin remembered the “sound of music” always in her household growing up.
“My Father was the youngest of the seven children in the Martin Family Choir,” Martin said. “Every holiday was spent gathered around the piano with grandma playing and grandpa directing. At our last family performance three years ago, there were 75 of us in the choir and I performed my first solo with my family at the age of six, and never quit.”
With encouragement from family, friends and folks that love her voice, Martin continued down the path of her musical journey.
“I began competing in vocal competitions at the age of 12,” Martin said. “In high school, I sang in retirement homes for extra money. I also worked at Roadhouse Karaoke and DJ selling sound systems, DJing and recording until I moved to Nashville after high school for college. I attended Belmont University in 2006. When I ran out of money, I moved back to Ohio and focused on my craft of songwriting. Soon after, I formed my first band called Daliantz in 2008, and then reformed the band in 2012 as my own original project, The Ashley Martin Band.”
And now, the journey continues with a few bumps in the road.
“I started cutting my first record in July of 2012 and released it in Ohio in October 2012 and then in Nashville in February 2013,” Martin explained. “We have had many members circulate through, over only a year. That has been the toughest part, keeping a band together and not canceling a single gig. Eleven guitar players gets a bit old to try and rehearse and break someone in. We have been touring all over the country sharing our new record titled Torn. The title is about the battle we humans face every day, choosing between good and evil. We are currently in the process of starting our next record.”
Martin described her musical style this way.
“We have found an original new sound fused with the roots of country and on the edge of rock. I absolutely love it and I hope everyone else will too,” she said.
Just like that little girl at six, Martin loves to put on a show, for the audience of course, but she’s selfish in the fact that she gets a kick out of it herself.
“It’s a high you can’t get from any kind of drug or alcohol … it’s adrenaline like no other,” Martin said. “You just have to stay focused and pay attention to put on a great show.”
Unlike some performers who mail it in, Ashley loves the personal connection with her fans.
“It’s very important to me that people meet me,” she explained. “I want them to see that I genuinely love them and appreciate so much that they are at a show, that I’m not a diva and have worked and will work extremely hard to get to where I am going. So what I can sing? So can a lot of other people. It’s about who you are and what you do with it that really matters.”
Ten years ago, Ashley was getting her driver’s license. Now, at 26, she can only imagine what the next 10 years will behold.
“Wow! I can do a lot in 10 years,” Martin added. “I will already have had a great run in my music career, hopefully – published deals, toured all over the world and have some money in the bank. I will definitely take my time and enjoy every step of the journey.”
Yes, and if my math is correct, it’s about time to renew your driver’s license.
Good luck, Ashley, and do let us know how you’re doing.
You can purchase one of Ashley Martin’s CDs (yes, we old folks still have CD players) at ashleymartinmusic.com. You can also purchase hard copies shipped right to the house or download individual tracks on any digital market, iTunes, Amazon MP3, etc. For upcoming shows, visit Ashley’s calendar on her website at www.ashleymartinmusic.com. And you know the drill, give Ashley a “like” on Facebook, facebook.com/Officialashleymartin, or on Twitter @a_mmusic. You can even send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and of course, tell ‘em Buch sent you.
Now, if you can’t find her any of those ways, I give up.
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For more than 25 years, “Buch” has been a local television icon. Known and loved by thousands in the Miami Valley, his followers describe him as trust-worthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and a role model. When it comes to promoting your business, Buch has the ability to grab your customer’s attention. Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.