With a driving, edgy and undeniably country vocal, Jared Ashley’s soulful first single, “Last Train To Memphis,” is making an impact on country radio.
The former Navy hand discovered his passion for songwriting and performing in high school, but realized it was his real future while serving our country abroad. Jared would practice guitar during his downtime aboard the U.S.S. Independence and U.S.S. Kitty Hawk and began performing acoustic shows at George’s Country Bar in Yokosuka, Japan. After completing his four years tour of duty and returning to the United States, Jared made the big move to Nashville, where he earned a regular weekend gig at Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge. He threw himself into a heavy touring schedule and the business of building a fan base. In 2012, he signed to Blaster Records, realizing a lifelong dream of being able to head into the studio and focus only on his own material.
“Last Train to Memphis”, written by Jared along with Jeremy McComb and Nick Sturms, is currently available on iTunes and all other major digital outlets.
Meet New and Noteworthy Artist Jared Ashley
Current Single: “Last Train to Memphis”
Musical Influences: His musical influences include fellow Georgians Alan Jackson and Travis Tritt. He grew up listening to icons Alabama, Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers.
Personal Influences: Growing up, my parents listened to Alabama, Ronnie Milsap, Kenny Rogers. I was always around country music as a kid, Jared recalls. After High School, he joined the Navy. On long trips out to sea, there’s not a whole lot to do when you’re off duty.You can stare at water or you can play the guitar. And that’s when I got more serious about it.
Why You Should Be Listening: I’m a songwriter, and I became an artist because I wanted people to hear my songs Jared says. I’m really enjoying the songs I’m writing more because they represent where I am in my life right now.