Where You Gonna Run?
It's impossible not to fall in love with singer-songwriter Ashlee Dickson when you see her onstage. Whether she's accompanying herself on guitar or on keyboards, she is completely at home, charming audiences with her raw, emotionally-charged vocals and original songs. There is something so familiar about her delivery and something very fresh about her sound all at the same time. One thing is for sure--she's a seasoned performer with a down-to-earth approach to her music and creativity. Having grown up in a musical family in sunny southern California, Dickson says, 'There was always a piano lesson or a choir concert to perform in. Music was never a choice in my family--It's just what we did. It's a good thing I loved it!' When watching her on a stage or listening to her recordings, it's obvious that she loves what she does. "My dad bought me my first six string, taught me four chords and that was it. I was hooked." From there, she was determined to teach herself to play guitar and write her own songs. And she's succeeded--all the way to producing her debut album Where You Gonna Run? this summer. Although her performance sound is primarily acoustic, she delves into deeper production with the tracks on her album. 'The album was very experimental and different from my acoustic roots, I had a lot of fun with it-,' she says. Not only did she play her acoustic guitar throughout the album, Ashlee tracked all of the piano as well. The title track of the album came from the aftermath of some life-changing events. During that particular time, Dickson was inspired to write the songs for the album, taking her listeners on an emotional journey with her. Listen to any given track on the album, and it's easy to get a feel for Dickson's passionate, soulful style. It's easy to see that she means business. She puts all games aside and reaches into the core of human emotion and longing with her music. She has stories to tell and a voice that will be heard. 'When all is said and done, music is like breathing for me; I have to do it," Dickson says. She's tapping into something great and sticking out beautifully among today's female singer-songwriters. 'She's got a dream and a very do-able one at that. It would normally be tough to base a future and a career on a few hours of sharing music with someone, but this young woman has something unusual and very special. Stay tuned for big things from this very big talent." Ken Weigand, -Bamboo Music.