Kay Ashley is a contemporary singer-songwriter whose influences range from The Beatles
and Led Zeppelin
, to Joni Mitchell
, Michael Hedges
, Nick Drake
, and Hindustani classical
music. Her music is impressionistic yet infectious, catchy yet harmonically adventurous, and settles into your consciousness as if it's always been there—but takes you on unexpected twists and turns.
Kay's debut CD, "Heliotrope,"
co-produced by Grammy Award winner Michael Leonhart
(Steely Dan, Lenny Kravitz), was released in 2009, and features performances by Michael Leonhart, Martha Colby (October Project), Raquy Danziger, Timothy Hill (The Harmonic Choir), elizabeth!, Jenny Goodspeed (The Boxcar Lillies), Sean McCaul (Philip Glass), Bill Dobrow (Sean Lennon, Martha Wainwright), and David Pilgrim (The Soul Folk Experience).
Raised in Maine and tempered by a decade in New York City's vibrant music scene, Kay left NYC for the San Francisco Bay area in 2010. Since relocating to California, Kay has been a proud member of Kate Kilbane & The Cellar Doors
, who are rocking the Bay area with song cycles which explore Greek tragedy and myth.