Christian music fest includes Oxford singer-songwriter

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

When David Ashley decided to pursue music, he didn’t waste any time.
Since going full time with music about four years ago, he’s released three albums – with a fourth coming out later this year. He started his career in Nashville and has since moved to Oxford with his wife, where in the past few years he’s written and recorded his music while also being his own booking agent and publicist.
“It was just a hobby, until I met people in the industry – especially in the Christian industry. They encouraged me to step out and do my own thing,” Ashley said.
His lyrics are dedicated to God, but his style is singer-songwriter. He’s been compared to the likes of John Mayer and Jack Johnson.
“I’m also influenced by blues and soul, so it’s always in the vein of that,” Ashley said.
He still hasn’t named this fourth album, only because he wants to make sure he’s putting the right message out there. And working on every aspect of the music biz, in addition to leading worship for the youth at First Baptist Church in Oxford, can sometimes leave little creative time. Still, he loves music and loves every aspect of being creative and worshipful.
“I definitely feel blessed to do this full time for a living,” he said. “I attribute my success to God.”
This is his second year to perform at the Adios Summer festival.
“It’s always good to have an opportunity like this for the community to have free concerts and to get the message of Christ out there,” Ashley said. “I’m so excited to be a part of it this year, and I hope a lot of the youth will be encouraged.”

Adious Summer 2012
WHAT: Christian music festival featuring David Ashley, Schepe, Josh Buford Band, Comeback Famous, Last Adam, Matt King and Christian Seay

WHEN: 2-10 p.m. Aug. 18

WHERE: BNA Bank Park, New Albany

COST: Free

INFO: Check the Sonburned Ministries Facebook page or call (662) 507-