I first met Ashley Martin a few years ago. It just took one listen to recognize her talent. The first original song I heard was “Heartbreak Medicine,” which is an uptempo song that is full of attitude. Her passion for music was undeniable.
Over the past few years, I haven’t been able to see nearly as many shows as I would have like to see. It has been an absolute pleasure to watch her talent grow. Her music has given her the opportunity to play in a lot of different places and gain fans in many different states.
I had the opportunity to see Ashley Martin play an acoustic set on Thursday at J.D. Legends in Franklin, Ohio. The more intimate setting allowed Martin to interact with fans more than is always possible with a large crowd in a bar or venue she might be playing. This kind of interaction really spotlights her personality and her love for doing music.
Martin’s songwriting has grown over the last few years. She has spent a lot of time writing and it shows. She shared some of the stories that inspired the songs, which made them even more meaningful. She played a song called “A capella,” which hasn’t been released yet.
Martin has been releasing a song every month this year on iTunes and amazon.com. She didn’t release a song in July, so she will be releasing two songs in August. Her most recent release is “Going Under (Getting Over You),” which is a duet with Patrick Thomas. The song is the first duet Martin has recorded.
In addition to playing a lot of her original music, Martin did a great job at performing covers of popular songs. One song that particularly stood out for me was her performance of “Fancy,” which was released by Bobbie Gentry in 1969 and Reba McEntire in 1991. It is a very difficult song to sing and Martin did a fantastic job.
Fans can also connect with her on social media on Facebook (www.facebook.com/OfficialAshleyMartin) and Twitter (@a_mmusic). Her website is www.ashleymartinmusic.com, where her tour schedule can be found and also buy music and merchandise.