Love Song Contest (Part 2)

Happy SPRING!! I love this time of year. It’s finally starting to warm up and I’m feeling all kinds of spring fever. (Lucky for me I get to visit San Diego this month, but more on that later.)
Remember how I was asked to write a song for the local radio station last year?  Well, this year I was asked to be part of it again!

The second annual Valentine’s Day Love Song Contest!

The winner had entered her parent’s love story. They met at a very young age and have been inseparable ever since. Unfortunately, the husband is very ill and they think that this will have been their last Valentine’s Day. Needless to say, it was an emotional experience.

You can listen to the song here:

and check out the behind-the-scenes video here:
It was a pleasure writing this song for this beautiful couple. I was so excited about it that I’m offering it as a free download here: https://www.ashleyludlow.com/free-track/

Enjoy!

I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend. I got to spend time with family. The kids dyed eggs and went on an egg hunt. We spent most of the weekend at my parent’s house just enjoying each others’s company. We also got to watch General Conference which is always a big event with our family. We had a ham and potato dinner, and of course, lots of sweets from the Easter Bunny. My favorite is the Reeses Peanut Butter Eggs.

How did you spend your Easter weekend? What is your favorite easter candy? Leave me a comment and let me know.

I’ll be heading to San Diego at the end of the month for some continuing music education. I’m hoping to be a better musician, a better speaker, and a better songwriter. It’s not exactly a “vacation” per se, however, I couldn’t me more excited!

Are you headed on vacation this spring? Or did you already go? If so, where to?

Don’t forget how amazing you are!

~Ashley

Love Song Contest (Part 1)

So, last year, I was approached by the DJ at a local radio station to write a love song for a Valentine’s Day contest. I thought it was a great idea and so I was all in! They chose a winner from the entries and I had the chance to write this song for Danielle’s grandparents who had been married for 72 years. Have a listen:

It was such an amazing experience. My inner 12-year-old was so giddy. I was on the RADIO!

For my reaction and a little behind the scenes, click here. 

Well, this year I was asked to do it again, making this the 2nd annual Valentine’s Day Love Song Contest!

I’m so excited to share it with you! Stay tuned…

~Ashley

America’s Got Talent – They just don’t recognize it…

A little over a week ago, I was on Facebook, when I ran across a fascinating post by Lindsey Stirling.

(If you don’t know who Lindsey is, go check out her YouTube channel. She is an extremely talented violinist.)

She posted this picture:

This is an email she received from America’s Got Talent this month.

And, here’s the reason why it’s hilarious:

Lindsey’s caption on the picture said,

“Hahaha. I’m dying laughing right now. Just found this in my email.
For those who don’t know, I was on Americas got talent in 2010 and
I got torn apart by the judges. @PiersMorgan told me on live tv that
I sounded like “drowned rats being strangled.”
Haha, now that I have a following, I guess they changed their mind;P
You guys did more for me than Americas got talent ever could have. #ironic

This is such an amazing story, because instead of letting this feedback keep her from doing what she wanted to do, she went ahead and followed her dreams anyway. She’s now been on her own headlining international tour of sold out shows.

This gives me hope for my dreams. If I can work hard and continue to make music, I can make music my career and be successful.
I want to say, THANK YOU for being here, for reading my blog, and for watching my videos and listening to my music. This wouldn’t be happening without you.

~Ashley

The First Single!

I am SO pumped right now!

I just got another preview of the first single from the new album! I cannot wait for you to hear it! It is so incredible! (Wow! That was a lot of exclamation points!!!)

But, seriously. I don’t know if it’s just because it’s my first full band single, but I am feeling so confident that this album is going to be influential in so many lives. I hope the music and the messages speak to you.

For those who funded the campaign, you’ll be getting the single before anyone else. Thank you for supporting me!

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You’re Amazing.

-Ashley

I was “THAT Mom” and Mortified!

I have a young daughter who is really into dance. She had a recital last week, and we had some experiences that inspired a song that I’m writing. (This story is a little bit long, so if you’re in a hurry, scroll to the end, because the message is amazing.)

 
So, my husband and I have 3 kids, including a 1 year old baby, a 4 year old with a sensory disorder, and the daughter I mentioned, who is 5. This particular night was a difficult one. My son was running all over the theater before the recital started. My baby (maybe some of you moms can relate) would only be happy if I was holding him and standing up. No sitting allowed. So when the show started, we knew we had a rough half-hour or so ahead of us.
 
I have to point out that we were not the only parents there with other young children. This was a young dance recital. There were other babies crying, and there were other young girls and boys who were playing on tablets to keep them occupied during the dancing.
 
Now, let me back up a little. Before the show started –as I was holding my moody 1-year-old and trying to catch my runaway son– one of the ushers, a small older woman, stopped me and said, “He is not allowed to run around like that in here.” Now, I don’t know what you’re thinking… but I was just ready to laugh and cry all at the same time. I looked her straight in the eye and said, “If you’d like to help me keep him under control and in one place, I’d gladly accept the help! Cause I sure can’t keep him in one place!”
The woman looked like she didn’t know what to say. And I walked down the aisle to attempt to catch up with my son.
 
Okay, back to when the recital started. We finally got my older son to sit somewhat still with the help of a tablet. We had turned the brightness settings as low as they go, and as I mentioned before, we were not the only ones.For some reason, another older woman usher approached us during the recital and told us to turn off the tablet. Mortified, I sank into my chair as my husband told the woman our son has special needs and that the tablet is far better than the alternative.
 
As I sat there, feeling completely helpless, embarrassed, and inadequate as a mother, I began to think of ways I could have done things differently. Should I have gotten a babysitter, and told my son that he just couldn’t see his sister dance today? (You should have seen his face when he saw her on stage! He lit up with bright eyes and a big smile. He even joined in shouting encouraging words at her from where he was sitting!) Should I have snuck in treats for my baby in a theater that said, “No Food or Drink” on the door? I thought, “All I want is for my family to come to this dance recital together, watch the show, and ENJOY.”I thought, “I AM DOING MY BEST!”
 
Then it hit me.
 
We are all doing our best.
The old women ushers were doing their best at what they were supposed to be doing.
My son was doing his best with what he knows.
The woman behind me who was talking about her personal life a little too loudly, was doing her best.
 
I don’t think there are many people who intentionally try to cause inconvenience or pain to another person.
 
And so, I’m learning to be more observant. To be more understanding.
 
The woman in the room who has 4 kids climbing all over her, making noise,
The grumpy old man who has to have his 2 cents,
The young punk who has an attitude problem and is always right,
The wild child who is running around causing mischief,
The person in your life who is avoiding you,
The person in your life who won’t leave you alone,
The person in your life who drives you crazy,
 
ALL of these people, are doing their best. 
So next time you’re feeling inconvenienced by the actions of another person, put yourself in their shoes. Imagine what that might feel like. Maybe you’ve even made similar choices before!Decide today that you are going to be more compassionate and understanding.
 
I can’t wait to share the song with you!
~Ashley Ludlow
 
 
Don’t forget to pre-order your copy of the new album! www.ashleyludlow.com
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Hot 100 FM

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I had a blast this morning co-hosting the morning show here in Twin Falls on Hot 100 FM with James Rabe!

I sang a cover of Who Says by Selena Gomez, an original song called “Perfect Man,” and I was challenged to write and sing a song about Pringles! You can check them out on the Hot 100 FM facebook page! 

I <3 radio! Thanks, James and the Hot 100 FM team, for having me!

I think I’ll write songs about silly things all the time!

~Ashley

 

Summer Tour!

Tomorrow is the first show of my summer tour!

Summer Tour Time

 

I am so excited to share my new songs with you!

If you can make it to one of the shows, make sure to catch up with me afterward.
I’d love to see you!

~Ashley

New Album and Fan Club

We live in a home that does not have air conditioning. We often have every window open and every fan in the house turned on high. For a while, we had a swimming pool in the backyard, and one hot day I was inspired to write a song.

The song is called, “Like a Kid Again.” This is probably my favorite song that I’ve written. Here are a few of the lyrics that I love:

There’s something about a trampoline and a best friend; stars bright, late nights.

 

There’s something sweet about an ice cream sundae, back before I ever worried about Monday.

 

Like a kid again building forts out of blankets and tables and chairs.

 

Want more?

My attempts to start a campaign to raise music for my new album were put on hold because I don’t have a very big following yet. So I’ve decided to start a fan club for those of you who have been wanting more info and updates on this new album! :)

Anyone who joins will get my first single, “Wake Up” for free as well as email updates about the making of the new album. You’ll be the first to know release dates, the album name, names and lyrics of new songs, events, etc… I’ll also be sharing behind the scenes photos, video, and demos of my songs that won’t be released to the public. There is something really raw and vulnerable about me sharing these intimate things with you, but I feel like it will be so good for me to express myself through music to my biggest fans :)

I am so excited for the album to come together. It’s taking a totally different path than I first envisioned. I can’t wait to share more!

A big THANK YOU for all the support and love!

-Ashley

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Mindy’s New Album!

So, I have many, many musical inspirations. One of these is Mindy Gledhill. She writes her own music and records it independently. She still does so well and touches so many people with her music. Someday, I hope my music reaches out to help someone listening. I hope it’s exactly what they need to hear. I’ve teared up, and probably actually cried like a baby while listening to some songs on her album Anchor.

One of the songs that tugs at my heartstrings is called “Hourglass.” It talks about how fast time goes by, how kids grow up all too quickly, and how precious our time is with these sweet little ones.

I have been meaning to do a cover of this song for some time now. So, I’m pleased to announce that I finally sat down and filmed it.

 

Mindy is working on a new album right now in Nashville. (I’m trying not to be jealous! ;))
You can check out her blog here: http://mindygledhill.blogspot.com/
Don’t forget to pledge and be a part of the new album here: http://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/mindygledhill

I am excited to see what new musical poetry awaits us in this new album. I can’t wait!

-Ashley

Being a True Friend

Be a true friend

I’ve been thinking a lot about friendship and love lately. These topics make for great songs!

I think that being a true friend is loving someone enough to care about how you make him or her feel. It’s doing your best to make this person feel special and important. It’s going out of your way to help and serve him or her whenever possible, with no expectations attached.

Love is much the same. Someone I look up to once said, “True love is not so much a matter of romance as it is a matter of anxious concern for the well-being of one’s companion.” (Gordon B. Hinkley)

“Anxious concern for the well-being” of another person is also important of true friendships. I heard this quote today by Elder Richard G. Scott, “Be a true friend. This kind of enduring friendship is like asphalt that fills the potholes of life and makes the journey smoother and more pleasant.”

What more enjoyable way to travel through life than with good company.

As I’ve recently been writing and pondering what it is I truly want from life, I’ve found myself coming up with two main things: Good relationships and good experiences. I believe both can be found no matter your situation in life.

One last quote I’d like to reference is by John Cassis: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice.”

Generally speaking, when you make it a priority to be kind to others, to serve others, and to be a true friend, you’ll become an important person in their lives anyway.

~Ashley

 

P.s. If you’d like to hear more inspiring words like these, listen in live to LDS General Conference, Sunday, April 7th @10am MST and 2pm MST. It streams online, or you can watch, listen to, or read the archives by clicking HERE. People of all different faiths can watch and listen and find something valuable. I hope you enjoy. :)