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August 1, 2011 at 3:18 pm

I’ve been working on a new collaboration with Dave Meredith. The track is a sultry mix of piano pop and R&B. The working title is “That’s Just How It Is”. Any better ideas? Leave a comment and you could win a free copy before the official release on September 1st. (The winner will be chosen randomly.)

That’s Just How It Is
Lyrics by Ashelyn Summers and Marissa Grigonis

Verse 1:

I used to think
That you would be
Everything that I would ever need
But now it’s so clear
‘Cause you’re never here
That you don’t ever plan to be

Chorus:

I won’t wait for the morning light
I’m getting out tonight
You should have expected this
And I know that I’ll be fine
Even if you’re not mine
And that’s just how it is

Verse 2:

You try to blame
The things you have done
On everything and everyone
But you should know
You reap what you sow
And now you will pay for what you’ve done

Chorus:

I won’t wait for the morning light
I’m getting out tonight
You should have expected this
And I know that I’ll be fine
Even if you’re not mine
And that’s just how it is

I won’t wait for you anymore
I’m going out the door
You should have expected this
And I know that I’ll be fine
Even if you’re not mine
And that’s just how it is

Bridge:

Take it back, every heart you torment
Take it back, every heart you break
No you can’t have me back again
All of that, hang your head in shame
It’s all wrong, everything you do
It’s all lies, everything you say
No you can’t have me back again
All of this, you’re the one to blame

Chorus:

I won’t wait for the morning light
I’m getting out tonight
You should have expected this
And I know that I’ll be fine
Even if you’re not mine
And that’s just how it is

Trail out:

That’s just how it is
That’s just how it is

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July 2, 2011 at 11:00 am

A few photos taken before heading off to the Anime Expo at the LA Convention Center. We are both characters from Final Fantasy XIII. Do you know which ones?

Have a photo of us from the Expo?
We would love to see it!

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June 8, 2011 at 2:02 pm

As you may recall, I asked for a “monster: devious, salamander, swarm” from the charity art project Robots and Monsters, which is currently donating its proceeds to Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders.

I am rather pleased with the result :) What do you think?

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May 9, 2011 at 2:44 pm

I never imagined that I would write a song that works so well with banjo! Thanks so much for another great remix, BigPete :)

Ashelyn Summers – Home (BigPete Remix) by BigPete

Ashelyn Summers – Home (Instrumental) (BigPete Remix) by BigPete

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May 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm

I was recently interviewed by Verbicide Magazine for their Unsigned Spotlight feature :)

What’s the best part of being an independent musician, and how do you get the message out about your music and connect to fans?

Being an independent artist is all about being able to create the music and image that you want to make. In the past, I tried the more traditional route. A major record label was even interested in signing me. But the problem with signing on that line is that you sign away your entire life… and everything that you are. I like to create music from the soul, from personal experience. I wish to grow as an artist and incorporate new techniques and styles as I learn them. When you are controlled by a label, you can only do the things they believe will be lucrative, which means you will be pigeonholed into a single genre, a single sound. I can’t think of anything more stifling to creativity than that …

Read more at Verbicide Magazine

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May 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm

As the last of the album, “Home” is a bit of a departure from my standard fare; I wanted end with something warm, bright, and happy :) This one has Mick Taras on guitar, Mike Troolines on bass guitar, and John Ferraro on drums.

Home - Key To My Heart

Home by ashelynsummers

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April 27, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Here is an absolutely lovely remix of “One” from BigPete:

Ashelyn Summers – One (BigPete Remix) by BigPete

Ashelyn Summers – One (Instrumental) (BigPete Remix) by BigPete

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April 24, 2011 at 11:19 am

My upcoming album “Key To My Heart” has just been reviewed by Russell Elliot at Musical Discoveries and has received their highest five star rating!

“The twelve tracks on Key To My Heart deliver an album with a running time of about 50 minutes. Singing, songwriting, arrangements and production are stunning in every possible respect …”

Read the full review at Musical Discoveries
Read the exclusive interview at Musical Discoveries

“Key To My Heart” will be released on May 21, 2011. It is available for pre-order in digital, CD, and USB album formats.

Musical Discoveries actively follows and promotes contemporary, progressive and crossover music featuring female vocalists by reviewing albums and live performances, interviewing artists and by publishing comprehensive features spanning their careers. Musical Discoveries is registered and enjoys a top ten rating in most major search engines in the female vocalists category.

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April 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm

The album covers for my debut album “Key To My Heart”, which will be released on May 21, 2011! :)

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April 16, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Here are some possible photos for the album cover. As always, please let me know if you have any comments or suggestions :)

Note: These photographs have not been enhanced, so please don’t mind the levels. It’s just compositional preferences that I am looking for now.

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