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  • Ashley Lewis

    This show was on Mar 13th, 2014 | 13 people watched
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    • Mar 14
      What a nice way to showcase talent. Ashley Lewis is one of the most talented women in the music industry today. Her writing and vocal talent are enhanced by her incredible instrumental versatility. It doesn't hurt a bit that she is also beautiful, and a sweetheart to boot!
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Receiving worldwide recognition for her music, Ashley Lewis and her band,
Legacy, enthrall audiences across the country with fiery instrumentation
and impassioned vocals. Known for her sparkling vocals and captivating
mandolin performances, Ashley is also a profound songwriter, and
evidence of her Kentucky bluegrass legacy appears in the words and music of her... more

Receiving worldwide recognition for her music, Ashley Lewis and her band,
Legacy, enthrall audiences across the country with fiery instrumentation
and impassioned vocals. Known for her sparkling vocals and captivating
mandolin performances, Ashley is also a profound songwriter, and
evidence of her Kentucky bluegrass legacy appears in the words and music of her original songs. While
her roots are in bluegrass, Ashley branches out to deliver an energetic and riveting performance with
an innovative approach to all facets and genres of music while providing fresh definition to the
traditional tunes. By blending a variety of mandolin styles and her own rhythmic technique, Ashley has
developed that unique and distinctive Ashley Lewis signature sound.

Whether at home in the USA or abroad, her band consists of some of the finest talent known. The
combined effects of pure vocals, smooth harmonies and acoustic instruments consisting of mandolin,
fiddle, guitar, banjo, dobro, and upright bass blend to create that inspiring newgrass sound. They give
an unforgettable performances with an honest and genuine quality that leaves audiences spellbound.
Award winning artist, Dale Ann Bradley comments on Ashley’s music, “I sat there with a smile on my
face the whole time. You are a natural! You have the beauty in your heart and it comes through in your
music.”

While touring and entertaining from coast to coast and beyond, some highlights have been her
performance on the Emmy Award winning program, Arts Across Illinois on WTTW Centerstage, and has
often been featured on the Avalon Theatre stage at the Fallsview Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

A seven-time award recipient of the Illinois Arts Council for mandolin, she has also been recognized by
the Illinois Arts Council as an accomplished and accredited Illinois ArtsTour musician who is preserving
the heritage and art of Americana music. She graduated from Waubonsee College with a Music
Performance degree and Presidential Honors. In 2007, she was honored with the prestigious “Fab 40”
Award from the college for her musical contribution to society as a musical artist.

Ashley is thrilled to release her third album, Captivated. Produced by Jimmy Mattingly and co-produced
by Ashley, Captivated is a contemporary twist of progressive grass and richly rooted tradition. With
Ashley’s signature slick mandolin licks, impressively driven dobro by Andy Hall, the inspired bass playing
of Dennis Crouch, powerful fiddling of Jimmy Mattingly, solid guitar of Cody Kilby, Kent Wells and Josh
Williams along with the warm texture of Josh’s harmony, this album is a force to reckon with. Producer
Jimmy Mattingly says, “This album is a great example of an unbelievable talent which is portrayed on
this project through Ashley’s prolific songwriting, musicianship, and passionate vocal style.” With a
plethora of veteran talents also including Vince Gill, Carl Jackson, Jon Randall and more, this CD soars
through 12 of Ashley’s original songs, including “Ghost” written with IBMA Songwriter of the Year, Jon
Weisberger, plus a beautiful rendition of “Hallelujah” and an unforgettable retro cut of “Minor Swing.”

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