Female singer-songwriter visits Burly on a solo tour


courtesy ASHE

Ashe, a Berklee College of Music grad, will perform at Higher Ground Feb. 5. She is currently on tour with San Francisco-based Lauv.

Sarah Robinson, Staff Writer

It takes real musicianship to set a song apart from other mainstream tunes.

Burlington can expect a refreshment from cliche electro-pop next Monday.

The musician Ashe, a Berklee College of Music graduate, is returning to New England Feb. 12. Her show at Higher Ground is a part of her tour with San Francisco-based musician Lauv.

Since October, Ashe has performed with the Chicago-based duo Louis the Child and DJ Whethan, according to a Jan. 12  press release.  

Ashe said she grew up doing gymnastics, taking piano lessons and trying all the extracurriculars her school had to offer.

“I knew I loved music most in this world, but I never considered that I would do it as a profession,” she said.

When college application time came around, Ashe only applied to one: the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

She majored in production and composition, specifically composing for orchestras and big bands, she said.

With inspiration from musical greats like Carole King, Ella Fitzgerald and Stevie Nicks, Ashe emerged into the world of jazz and gained international attention for her sultry lows and fierce belting.

It was when she moved down South that she developed her own distinct style.

“My sound was really shaped more so when I moved to Nashville,” Ashe said, “Then I started writing with Louis the Child and I met some incredible people.”

Ashe sings deeply personal lyrics in her first single, “Used To It.”

“Low blows, tiptoes, you watch me walk this tightrope,” she sings.

“Used To It” is about Ashe’s first love in high school and the lack of closure toward the end.

“That song became my closure,” she said.

The Louis the Child songs “World On Fire” and “Right To It,” both featuring Ashe, are the two jams that top Ashe’s Spotify list of most popular songs.

“It’s pretty difficult to dismiss her as a featured vocalist,” pop culture writer Ruth Jiang said in a September 2017 article. “[She is] is a drop of pure sunshine in pop form.”

Ashe’s advice to young artists is simply to work hard.

“However hard you think Lorde works, or Adele works, do it 10 times over,” she said. “Work your ass off and you’ll be rewarded.”

Ashe also emphasized the importance of knowing yourself.

“If you just want to be famous, nothing’s gonna happen. Know your music, know your sound,” she said.

“Don’t do it to be famous,” she said. “Don’t do it to get more likes on your photos.”

Lauv and Ashe will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 13 at Higher Ground, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance and $15 the day of the show.