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With the kind of voice that stops every passer-by on it's sheer power and resonance, Gareth Asher’s music has grabbed the attention of some pretty impressive names in the music industry both in and out of his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
Born and raised in a small town of West GA, music found Gareth at an early age. "My family was very musical. My Father a songwriter/guitarist, my Mother a drummer. They were part of the hot local band, Touchstone, and they would play parties in barns and fields, build stages out of old trailers and plywood, and rock the local gatherings of hippies and music lovers. I have fond memories of watching my Mom breaking drum sticks, and my Dad singing the songs that I still sing today. Their love for music paved the way for me. They were... they are my main inspiration", says Asher.
As a singer-songwriter, Gareth also attributes many of his musical sensibilities to influential artists like Jackson Browne, Don Henley and Otis Redding. Some of his current influences are more contemporary - Toad the Wet Sprocket, Aqualung, and Amos Lee among them.
Gareth's newest (untitled) CD release is currently in production. And just before the sessions began in the fall of this year, Gareth's demos caught the attention of a fellow Georgian and iconic keyboardist Chuck Leavell, who spends his spare time helping out his pals The Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, playing piano and B-3 Organ on their tours. As Chuck was laying down keyboard tracks for the new Gareth CD he commented “Gareth Asher is an exceptional songwriter and truly unique vocalist.” The other band members to join in on the sessions were guitar wizard Jack Pearson (Allman Brothers Band), Pat McDonald (CDB) and Randy Smith (Larry Carlton).
More evidence that the universe is conspiring to bring good things to his journey, an Indie Film Director named Shayde Christian walked in on a Gareth set at the World Famous “Eddie's Attic” in Decatur, GA just outside Atlanta. Christian was so taken by the young Singer-Songwriter, he has scrapped ALL of the music for his up and coming feature film entitled “PAINTING IN THE RAIN” to insert 7 Gareth songs including “Safe and Sound”, a haunting duet that will play over the credits – with a full ”Music By” credit going to Gareth for the seven songs he's contributing to the film.
As a touring artist, Asher has shared the stage with Shawn Mullins, Glen Philips, Tonic, Darrell Scott, Emerson Hart, Angie Aparo, Steve Cropper to name a few. Watch for Gareth Asher & The Earthlings at a music venue near you real soon.
“When I'm onstage it's a real quiet place for me where I can zone out the whole world and just play and sing the song in my heart. Once that first chord is struck I'm in a magical place where everything is perfect” says Asher.
Holly Firfer of Atlanta media fame said “Gareth Asher has the most soulful voice I have ever heard. I imagine that this is what it was like for those who heard Ray Charles or John Lennon for the first time.”
It has been said that some things were just meant be. And once you witness Gareth Asher's level of conviction in his music and his performances, it's not hard to affirm that this is exactly where this man was destined to spend his days (and nights).