"It must be a crime for a woman so young and beautiful to play and sing that good."
Receiving worldwide recognition for her music, Ashley Lewis and her band, Legacy,
enthrall audiences across the country with fiery instrumentation and impassioned
vocals. Known for her sparkling vocals and captivating mandolin performances,
Ashley is also a profound songwriter, and evidence of her Kentucky bluegrass legacy
appears in the words and music of her original songs. While her roots are in
bluegrass, Ashley branches out to deliver an energetic and riveting performance with
an innovative approach to all facets and genres of music while providing fresh
definition to the traditional tunes. By blending a variety of mandolin styles and her
own rhythmic technique, Ashley has developed that unique and distinctive Ashley
Lewis signature sound.
Whether at home in the USA or abroad, her band consists of some of the finest talent
known. The combined effects of pure vocals, smooth harmonies and acoustic
instruments consisting of mandolin, fiddle, guitar, banjo, dobro, and upright bass
blend to create that inspiring newgrass sound. They give an unforgettable
performances with an honest and genuine quality that leaves audiences spellbound.
Award winning artist, Dale Ann Bradley comments on Ashley’s music, “I sat there with
a smile on my face the whole time. You are a natural! You have the beauty in your
heart and it comes through in your music.”
While touring and entertaining from coast to coast and beyond, some highlights have
been her performance on the Emmy Award winning program, Arts Across Illinois on
WTTW Centerstage, and has often been featured on the Avalon Theatre stage at the
Fallsview Resort in Niagara Falls, Ontario.
A seven-time award recipient of the Illinois Arts Council for mandolin, she has also
been recognized by the Illinois Arts Council as an accomplished and accredited Illinois
ArtsTour musician who is preserving the heritage and art of Americana music. She
graduated from Waubonsee College with a Music Performance degree and
Presidential Honors. In 2007, she was honored with the prestigious “Fab 40” Award
from the college for her musical contribution to society as a musical artist.
Ashley is thrilled to release her third album, Captivated. Produced by Jimmy Mattingly
and co-produced by Ashley, Captivated is a contemporary twist of progressive grass
and richly rooted tradition. With Ashley’s signature slick mandolin licks, impressively
driven dobro by Andy Hall, the inspired bass playing of Dennis Crouch, fiery fiddling of
Jimmy Mattingly, powerful banjo of Sammy Shelor, solid guitar of Cody Kilby, Kent
Wells and Josh Williams along with the warm texture of Josh’s harmony, this album is
a force to reckon with. Producer Jimmy Mattingly says, “This album is a great example
of an unbelievable talent which is portrayed on this project through Ashley’s prolific
songwriting, musicianship, and passionate vocal style.” With a plethora of veteran
talents also including Vince Gill, Carl Jackson, Jon Randall and more, this CD soars
through 12 of Ashley’s original songs, including “Ghost” written with IBMA Songwriter
of the Year, Jon Weisberger, plus a beautiful rendition of “Hallelujah” and an
unforgettable retro cut of “Minor Swing.”
This impressive band lineup includes 8-Time Illinois State Banjo Champion, Doug Knecht,
Guitar player extraordinaire, Jon Mollenhauer, and powerhouse Bassist, Teresa Fry.