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Sep 18

Go Back Home with Ashton Shepherd in New GAC Special

Ashton Shepherd, son James & husband Roland. Photo courtesy of Ashton Shepherd/UMG Nashville.

Ashton Shepherd will take fans ‘where country grows’ in GAC’s new special, Ashton Shepherd: Where Country Grows, premiering on Monday, September 19 at 9/8 CT. Her family, friends and music industry insiders give an intimate look at who Ashton is and how growing up in Leroy, Alabama shaped her to be the person she is today. While her career is based out of Nashville these days, she remains a resident of Leroy.

“My life in Leroy is of course very different from the Nashville scene,” Ashton said. “It’s very country and very laid back. Being a country music star was very dream like, coming from such a rural area where everybody had their ideas of what they wanted to do when they grew up. I tried to learn what I should do and I was a little scared of having a record deal.”

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Ashton began writing songs before she could even spell the words. Her self-financed 3-song demo landed in the hands of Universal Music’s Luke Lewis who offered her a record deal. Her family is still in awe that Ashton is living her dream. “It’s still surreal when you hear her on the radio or see her on the Internet,” said her sister, Tara.  “You can type her name in Google and there she is but to me she’s just sis.” Continue Reading

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Sep 14

Ashton Shepherd Takes GAC ‘Where Country Grows’ in New Special

Ashton Shepherd, son James & husband Roland. Photo courtesy of Ashton Shepherd/UMG Nashville.

Ashton Shepherd went from selling vegetables at a road-side stand in her hometown of Leroy, Alabama to playing stages in different cities across the country every weekend, providing her with two very different perspectives on life. It is those different looks at life that has helped shape Ashton into the artist and person she is today. In GAC’s new special, Ashton Shepherd: Where Country Grows, fans will get a closer look at Ashton’s new music and the woman who can do anything she sets her mind to.

5 Things You Don’t Know About Ashton >>

Joined in this half hour special by family, friends and industry insiders, Ashton tells her true story of being a small town girl with big dreams. She began writing songs before she could actually write and crafted many of the songs she  shares with her fans in a small backyard cabin dubbed ‘The Pickin’ Shed.’ She recently released her second album, Where Country Grows. Continue Reading

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Sep 9

Ashton Shepherd Announces the Birth of Her Daughter

Ashton Shepherd, son James & husband Roland

Ashton Shepherd, son James & husband Roland.

MCA recording artist Ashton Shepherd and her husband Roland Cunningham welcomed their daughter, Raden Delilah Cunningham, to the family today. She joins 5-year old big brother James. Raden was born today in Demopolis, AL and weighed 7lbs 7 oz and 19 ½ inches.

In true Ashton fashion, the proud Mom says, “She’s perty!”

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Ashton’s current single and title track “Where Country Grows” is currently climbing the charts. Read Our Album Review HERE >>

She’ll soon be the subject of an upcoming GAC special. Ashton Shepherd: Where Country Grows will premiere on GAC Monday, September 19 at 9/8c. 

Congrats to Ashton, Roland & James! Here’s a sweet clip of Ashton back in June, talking about how excited her son James was to be a big brother: Continue Reading

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Jul 5

GAC Album Review: Ashton Shepherd’s Where Country Grows

Ashton Shepherd's 2011 CD, Where Country Grows. Photo by Danny Clinch, courtesy of UMG Nashville.

On her sophomore album Where Country Grows, 24-year-old Alabama native Ashton Shepherd follows in the tradition of strong-willed female country artists that defined recent generations. Through a collection of 10 songs – 8 of which Ashton wrote or co-wrote herself – this young singer/songwriter proves that she’s tough enough to hang with the boys – even when she’s moving delicately through a finely-crafted melody.

From the B-3 organ, electric and acoustic guitars of the album’s bass drum-driven first single, “Look It Up,” it’s clear the outlaw spirit is alive and well where country grows. This much is evident even before we hear Ashton’s no nonsense, deep Southern drawl come with the first line. “The word is ‘faithful,’ look it up,” she sings with enough attitude to kick a hole in the speaker. Add in a chorus that lays it all out very concisely with, “The word is over, look it up,” and it’s clear the songs of scorned women will be intense.

On the haunting “That All Leads To One Thing,” a song Ashton wrote solo, a beautiful and dark piano/guitar exchange leads to the tale of a woman leaving her cheating husband behind. Ashton’s voice sounds Continue Reading

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May 6

Ashton Shepherd Shares New Song For Mother’s Day

Ashton Shepherd photo courtesy of UMG Nashville. Photo credit Danny Clinch.

Ashton Shepherd has released an acoustic performance of a song from her upcoming album in honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday. The song, “I’m Just A Woman,” is an anthem for women who sometimes find themselves wishing men understood them better. “I wrote that one by myself,” Ashton said of the song. “I opened my diary, and I got to an entry where I was writing about feeling kind of bad, empty and sad. Right after that, I’d written, ‘Well, I guess I’m just being a woman.’ When I read that, I underlined it.” Continue Reading

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Apr 15

Ashton Shepherd Sets Album Release Date

Ashton Shepherd photo courtesy of UMG Nashville. Photo credit Danny Clinch.

Ashton Shepherd will release her sophomore album, Where Country Grows, on July 12. “Look It Up,” the first single from the album, is the fastest rising single of Ashton’s career. This week, the track is at No. 21 on the Billboard Country Charts.

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“You’ve got your first record behind you; you’ve learned some things,” Ashton said. “Your sophomore record – I heard from all these people – is supposed to be different. It’s supposed to be another factor and define you a little more. I’m thinking, ‘How am I going to do this?’”

On her debut album, Ashton wrote or co-wrote 10 of the 11 songs, co-writing with only one other writer. This time, she stepped outside her comfort zone to work with songwriters like Dean Dillon, Dale Dodson, Bobby Pinson and Troy Jones. The move worked. Continue Reading

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