Ashley Jordan was born and raised in the little town of Harvard, Massachusetts where she first began performing music at talent shows and open mics in her early teens. She ignited a more focused music journey when she began performing original songs on the streets of Boston as a “busker” just before the age of 15. Armed with only a guitar, her powerful voice and big dreams . . . Ashley quickly became recognized as a musical force in Harvard Square and on the busy streets surrounding the legendary Club Passim in Cambridge, MA.
Ashley’s childhood likely influenced the choices she would later make to keep music and songwriting her primary goal in life. Born the daughter of a Midwestern mother from Kansas and a New England father from Massachusetts, Ashley equally enjoyed her summers in the Missouri Ozarks as well as the national seashores around Cape Cod. The rich contrast between Ozark Mountain and New England Folk Country music gave her a unique musical perspective as did the early influence of her singer-songwriter Grandfather who shared his own original folk ballads with his grandchildren.
In February of 2010, at the age of 17, Ashley released her first CD of original music titled “Simple Love” and quickly found herself featured on many of New England’s most popular Independent music publications. A year and a half later in October of 2011, she released her second album “Liquid Words” and debuted her new unique mix of country/pop/folk-rock original music. This newest album also met with rave reviews and received local radio and TV play and positive reviews from dozens of online and print publications. Ashley appeared on the cover of Metronome Magazine and was selected for their coveted “Top Twenty Hit List” for two years in a row! Doug Sloan of Metronome stated that “Ashley Jordan has grown to be a multi-talented tour de force. At nineteen years old she’s twice the songwriter than most, as she sings her beautiful crafted tales of life and love with a gorgeous voice that’s filled with stirring emotion . . . with two top notch albums to her credit, a powerfully emotive voice and stellar song crafting skills, Ashley Jordan is destined for stardom.”
In 2012, Ashley continued to write original music and performed as a solo act and with a small band across New England and beyond at venues such as Club Passim, Showcase Live @ Gillette, Hard Rock Café, Bull Run, Tupelos Music Hall, Red Room at Café 939, National Underground, Rockwood Music Hall and more. In March of 2012 she was one of five artists nominated for “Country Act of the Year” by the New England Music Awards. In June, Ashley was presented with five awards at the New England Country Music Awards show including Songwriter of the Year (New Country) for her song “Don’t Mess With a Songwriter” and CD of the Year (New Country) for “Liquid Words”. In Late 2012, Ashley completed her first music video to her original song called “Fading Away” which tells the story of how family/friends cope with a loved one battling an illness.
In early 2013, Ashley was nominated by fans and later won Limelight Magazine’s prestigious “Country Artist of the Year” award! Her music video "Fading Away" was also one of five videos nominated for “Music Video of the Year”. On April 10, 2013, Ashley won two coveted awards at the annual Worcester Music Awards: “Best Country/Americana Act” and “Best Female Vocalist” Ashley continues to write new music every week and will be heading into the studio this summer to begin recording a dozen new songs that she has been creating and performing over the past year. Plans for more music videos in 2013 are also in the works!
Ashley’s musical influences: Billie Holiday, James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Brandi Carlile, Jewel, Josh Ritter, Miranda Lambert and Taylor Swift. And local favorites: Lori McKenna, Ellis Paul, Liz Longley, Adam Jensen, and John Gerard.
“Some of my favorite performers/influences are the ones who have a great connection with their audience. As you watch them, you feel the emotions that they might have felt when they were first writing their song. The very best part about performing my music is having that same feeling”.
– Ashley Jordan (2012)