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In August of 2010, Matt Williams, a former worship pastor, attempted to form a Christian band he was calling "Joshua's Crossing". After a period of time seeking a female singer to share lead vocals, Matt took the risk and placed an ad on Craigslist, not sure what kind of result he would get. The last day the ad ran, Ashley Patty answered the ad and included a clip of her vocals. Matt and wife, Tara Williams decided it was worth a shot and set up a meeting with Ashley and her husband, Brandon Patty. The four hit it off and have practically become family.
While recording demos for Joshua's Crossing, Tara Williams pointed out that Matt and Ashley's harmonies were beginning to sound a little like Lady Antebellum harmonies. The comment planted a seed. After a much needed vacation, some more thought and a little prayer, Matt and Tara were convinced that the duo should go country.
Ashley (Wentworth) Patty started singing country music when she was just seven years old. She released her first CD by the time she was 14 and her second at just the age of 18. In 1999, at the North American Country Music Association held in Gatlinburg, TN she won the awards for "Most Promising Entertainer of the Year" and "Most Promising Vocalist of the Year". Her debut album, "Introducing Ashley Wentworth," received the "Album of the Year" award.
Ashley Patty's hiatus from the music business gave her time to go to college and marry the love of her life. After a health scare, Patty's priorities came into focus and she again realized that she was born to sing. Initially the thought of going country was not appealing to Patty. She was very happy singing with Joshua's Crossing. With a bit more encouragement, Team Williams, along with Patty's father, Craig Wentworth - her main support as a teen artist, had her convinced by the end of a conversation over lunch.
The duo immediately began rehearsing pop/country covers and soon recorded demos. At a benefit concert featuring November Lily, the team met a former Nashville staff songwriter and soon began penning their own original material. They recorded their first 7 song EP in October of 2011 with Nashville producer Jim Kimball. "Having the opportunity to produce November Lily was an absolute thrill. Matt and Ashley brought an undeniable chemistry to every stage of the process. There was a magic, right from the git-go, in the rough live worktapes they sent me of their self-penned songs. My primary job was stay out of the way and let that chemistry, let their story shine through. These are wonderful people. They love making music and they're passionate about sharing that love. Just give a them a listen... and be prepared to celebrate, bust a gut or shed a tear, because you're not only gonna hear it... you're gonna feel it!"
November Lily just released their EP to iTunes and have already began writing music for the first full length album.