There's a shocking intimacy to singer-songwriter Aslyn's music. That's not to say that itÊ¼s full of titillating sexual imagery or blistering diatribes. Listening to her music, you get the sense that you've stumbled across a trunk full of a stranger's letters and that at any moment you'll be discovered reading them. They reveal the stories behind breakups and betrayals, yet they are buoyant, intoxicated by life and love. They are pure Aslyn.
One might say that in the garden of Aslyn, tradition was the seed. With legs dangling from her piano bench, a musical prodigy at 7 years old, Aslyn mastered pieces from the likes of Chopin, Mendlessohn, Mozart and Beethoven. AslynÊ¼s singing experience too began at an early age, performing in churches with her 4 brothers. The daughter of a preacher and teacher, raised outside Gainesville, Florida, AslynÊ¼s musical aspirations soon outgrew what her small hometown could offer, so she packed her bags and moved to atlanta in pursuit of her dream.
Aslyn remained dedicated to her craft as a songwriter and performer, writing every day, playing in every club that would have her. She was drinking in all kinds of music - from Queen to The Beatles, Earth Wind & Fire and Stevie Wonder - while simultaneously discovering and developing her own artistic voice. Her approach to songwriting crystallized and out poured many of the songs that would form the foundation for her first album. Her infectious hooks and passionate vocals stirred up music industry interest and Aslyn was eventually signed to Capitol Records and on the road touring the country several times. Her first Album, Lemon Love, charted on Billboards top 40 chart and produced a top 20 radio single.
This summer Aslyn will be releasing her highly anticipated independent second album entitled "The Dandelion Session". Aslyn explains, "The making of this album has been a magical experience in so many ways. I've always wanted to record a live studio album, and we did just that. We brought an amazing group of musicians to the studio, set up around the piano, and recorded the songs. There is a raw simplicity captured when recording live that cultivates honest art. Many of the classic records that I obsess about were recorded this way. I named the album "The Dandelion Sessions" because "Wherever the Dandelion Falls" is the song that encompasses the whole experience for me. The vision for this record began as only a wish upon a dandelion, literally. A beautiful moment where I allowed myself to dream while standing beside a street in Atlanta blowing seeds into the wind, realizing that I was ready to record again. I wasn't born yesterday. I know that not all dreams come true. But this one did for me."
Every storyteller craves an audience, so naturally Aslyn's excited about taking her songs on the road. "That was what kept me going.. the feeling that I had connected with someone through the offering of song," Aslyn remembers. "That was my fuel. And it still is.