Who am I?
Wow, that's the question of a lifetime isn't it?
My name is Asher Leigh.
When I began playing and writing music about 8 years ago, I saw a vision that was simultaneously the most exciting (and terrifying) thing I had ever seen. The vision was that I would be sharing myself, my life process, and my music with people everywhere. To this I respectfully replied to my vision,
"What music?! And what people..."
I was 25, and at the time a shy physical therapist fresh out of grad school with no active creative outlet but my private journal.
I had never been very successful with either music, or relationship connections. Yet something drove me to continue learning... creating... and being with both music, and people.
Songwriting has become a means of processing and integrating all the intricate challenges, joys, worries, insights, and learnings of my life. There is something so beautiful that happens when the mind, heart, and body come together to SING TRUTH.
What is this album about?
Ideally, you'll take a listen to some of it and decide for yourself :)
The songs captured in this album tells the story of what revitalization of the human spirit can look and sound like. The journey someone takes from being numb, disconnected, fragmented, and closed off... to receiving and expressing love at its deepest levels. This is a brave, important journey I believe we'd all value from walking. It is the road I've been walking my whole life, and will continue to walk until something prevents me from going any further.
When I wrote Message of Soul, a song that inspired the album project, I felt an internal call to pull together a focused collection and begin sharing my music on a larger scale. The vehicle of music has literally carried me out of my personal hell and into a beautiful life connected with myself, others, and the mysterious Divine. And while that's true, not all of those songs are ones I actually wanted other people to listen to.
That changed this year :)
Beginning with that song, Message of Soul, songs began pouring out that communicated my experience of intuition, practical instructions for living a purposeful life, deep vulnerability and authentic living, interdependent community and sacred connection. These themes are ones I believe just one drop of in their pure form, can change any single person's life given the right moment. I'd be honored to be a part of one of those moments, and that is the essential purpose of this album: To spark whatever light of awareness needs to awaken within listeners, and inspires them to go deeper.
Who are the audiences that will hear this album?
My music fans are people who want to experience "something deeper." They are also every-day, regular kinds of people appreciating the small things in life that make everything possible -- from the way the wind feels on your face, to the reason its there at all.
They are families.
They are employees.
They are creatives.
They are healers.
They are pre-teens, teens, and young adults desiring guidance.
They are helping professionals.
They are seekers.
They are life-long learners.
Together we are a soul-inspired community: Incredibly lovable (and loving) human beings who want to feel life openly and vibrantly. We get along well, all of us, because we're innocent enough to ask for help along the way of meeting our challenges of expressing our truth with confidence, beauty, and grace. And, laughing about the amazing imperfections we find along the way continually puts us in touch with our shared humanity.
It not only feels good to be in touch with our wholeness, I believe it is our next step in evolution as humans. This is what I hope my music offers, and I want that to reach whoever wants it :)
This is the beginning of the show we played at the Raga Room last month. It was truly a special experience for all present!
Who is helping me with this project?
I feel so freakin' blessed!!! The Asheville community I've grown into and the team helping with this album is really the lifeblood of these songs. Madelyn Ilana has played a significant role in helping to launch this project, and without her and the inspiration her mesmerizing violin provided, it would not be what it is. Similarly, the support I've received on the recording side of things from audio engineer and multi-instrumentalist Chris Rosser has been nothing short of remarkable.
I could also name every single person who has listened to me process my life over the past 9 years, but that would take way too long :)
What will the money be going towards?
The budget for this project is geared mainly towards 2 things: Production/distribution of the album, and the musicians playing for it.
If you want the run-down, take a peak below....
- Studio Time – $1400 ($350/day)
- Musicians – $480
- Artistic/Graphic Design – $150
- Mastering – $500
- Duplication – $1000
- Shipping Costs – $450
- Other/unexpected – $100
- Kickstarter Fees - $350
Total needed: $4,430
Chris and I are ready to roll, and as soon as the project is funded we'll begin recording!
How long will the album take to record?
That's a great question. These things vary in time depending on so many things. If all goes as planned, I'll have the album recorded, produced, and delivered straight to your heart (and your home or digital mailbox) by the end of Dec 2018!
What will supporters be receiving with their pledges?
Ohhhhh, so many rich experiences....
At the very least, I'm asking that you pre-purchase the album for $10-20 - depending on whether you listen to your music digitally or still like to bump to CD's in the car like me.
And on top of that?
- If you're interested in self-development and growing deeper into your own creativity, I've got some serious magic to offer you.
- If you're an organization or event coordinator and my music seems like it would serve you or your crowd somehow, pledging to this campaign is a great way for us to get connected!
- If you're a friend and wanna see me get silly with some things, there are lots of opportunities with different pledging options :) I encourage you to check them out.
- And if you're a person who feels like everything that comes out of my mouth - especially the songs - offers you the deepest healing you've ever experienced.... You might be interested in receiving a specially customized song from me. That's there too.
And well, here we are.
I never imagined in my wildest dreams, that I would be living the life I am today.
I am a musician, songwriter, and self-discovery coach. And my next step in growing is to offer the communities I'm a part of inspiration, hope, and healing through song.
Every ounce of your love, support, and financial contribution is appreciated beyond belief -- not just by me, but by all those benefiting from the process and their results.
Thank you for being a part of this story!
Risks and challenges
In a world where emotional intimacy is lacking in so many of us, heartfelt, connected music helps us all be more present with ourselves and our lives. I am now dedicating my life and my entire focus towards bringing more vulnerability and inspiration to the world.
At this point, I'm all in :)
In order to be here and be ready to create this album I have walked through almost every mental health imbalance imaginable, including depression, anxiety, disordered eating, co-relationship dysfunction and issues of codependency,
I've also gone more than $65,000 in debt trying to avoid listening to my intuition and following my passions and true callings, and spent over $15,000 learning how to "be myself" through professional coaching and self-development trainings.
I've written over 200 original songs, and dedicated countless hours for the past 8 years on reaching THIS GOAL.
The greatest risk I face is not meeting it.
My community has supported me every step of the way with whatever next step I've been ready for. And I have full faith that if I continue taking the first step, many helping hands will help make this dream a reality. Not just for me, but also for each and every person this album celebrates and inspires.
My success is whole-heartedly dependent on my connections with YOU, the ones who will be contributing, the connection I have with ME, the one initiating the walk, and the connections we have SPIRIT, the one fueling the mission from behind the curtain.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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