Golden Guitar winner, born and breed Tamworth girl, Ashleigh Dallas has followed in her family’s love of Country Music. Only 23 years of age, Ashleigh has taken her music to many different stages and to the ears of many different audiences.
The singer, songwriter and musician started her craft from the early age of 2 and half, at the Tamworth Regional Conservatorium of Music. Watching from side stage many a family show, Ash’s love for music was clear to everyones eye. Starting violin lessons at the age of 6, trained classically and playing in several orchestras over her school years, but breaking the “classical” rules at home playing country fiddle to records that her Dad Brett would give her. As Ash reached her teenage years she added acoustic guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo to her belt and also started the craft of songwriting.
Growing up in the Dallas family, Ashleigh was performing on stage from an extremely young age. Starting out on her Grandfathers (4x Golden Guitar Winner & Roll of Renown recipient , Rex Dallas) property: The Gully Round Up, and the ever popular Gully Grub Barn, was where Ash started reciting poetry, to then singing her favourite couple of songs and helping sell CD’s while the rest of the family did there thing.
Ashleigh also would play music with her Dad, Brett Dallas and his family band Dirtwater, which Ash quotes to be one of her greatest childhood memories. “Watching my Dad and his brothers play music together always made me happy. It made me dream of being up on the stage with my Dad and my brother and my family, sharing a common bond and love while singing and picking a guitar, and also sharing it with a room full of people. That is something pretty special.”
In 2009, Ashleigh attended the Junior Academy (formally known as Camerata) and was accepted into the Senior Academy the following year 2010, at only 17 years of age. In the 2011 Tamworth Country Music Festival, Ash was awarded a Golden Fiddle Award for Outstanding Youth Achievement, gaining her more exposure and respect within the industry.
In the past couple of years, Ash has taken her songs and instruments to many different stages, whether it be a musician for fellow Australian artists, or fronting her Family band (Dad Brett, Brother Lindsay, & Cousin Luke). Ashleigh and her band have also played regular gigs around Australia & played some of Australia’s biggest Country Music Festival such as: The Gympie Muster, Sydney Country Music Festival, Broadbeach Country Music Festival, and also has sailed the high seas several times on the popular Country Music trip: Cruisn’ Country, again performing as an artist in her own right, but also in the house band.
Ashleigh is the proud Ambassador for Fiji Tunes In The Tropics, a country music trip that Ash has been thrilled to be apart of every single year, and a trip that is extremely close to her heart.
In 2013, Ashleigh released her debut record “ Dancing With A Ghost”, which debuted at N0.2 on the iTunes charts. Also of the back of her first album release, Ash scored herself Two Golden Guitar nominations (Female Artist of the year and Qantaslink New Talent)
2014 was shaping up already to be a great year, starting with a bang for Ash personally, when her partner Chris proposed to her New Years Eve. But the Celebrations continued as Ash won the Golden Guitar for Qantaslink New Talent Of The Year in January 2014.
Now, Ash is gearing up to release her second album “ Other Side Of Town” and is so excited to be sharing new music again. All 13 tracks have been written by Ashleigh, and also features many a co-write with her right hand man – Dad, Brett.
“OTHER SIDE OF TOWN, is back to my basics. The four of us who played on the album, our last names are all the same, its my family band, the band that travel with me the majority of the time, the band that knows what I’m thinking by a look in my eye, both musically and personally, a band that is family. I have lots of great friends that are musicians but for this my second album, I personally needed that extra touch of Home, and that was keeping it simple with my family.”
Ashleigh is also over the moon to have signed with WJO/Universal Music this year and cannot wait to start the next musical chapter and share it with her fans. “Other Side Of Town” will be out in August, available on iTunes, and leading CD Stores and of course at the Merch table at her gigs!