Ashley Pond is bigger than she looks. Her performances are raw, and her powerful and beautiful, bluesy voice has to be heard to be believed. Her songs cast a filtered light into the hidden crevices of human nature, making her inner struggle an outer revelation.
2007 was a breakout year, marked by the release of her debut album, Dala. The young and gifted singer/songwriter/guitarist has taken the capital region of New York by storm. Having drawn critical acclaim, and solid radio airplay, the album is gaining internet attention and generating CD sales. Fueled by a rapidly growing local fan base Pond is demonstrating an ability to captivate a wide and diverse audience.
In July local arts and entertainment weekly, Metroland Magazine, named Ashley Pond “Best New Solo Artist” in their Best of 2007 issue. They followed up with a Cover Story in October formally introducing her to a readership of 100,000 people.
“ Her soulful voice sweeps from sassy purr to assured wail, and her guitar work is intricate and interesting.” (Metroland Magazine, Vol. 30, No. 29, Jul. 2007)
In addition, The Times Union, the area’s largest daily newspaper, ran an interview with Pond and gave her a spot in their top 10 local records of 2007.
"Ashley Pond's "Dala" (The Rev): Brimming over with moody mystery, singer-songwriter Pond's glistening debut mixes folk, blues and rock. Captivating stuff." (Greg Haymes –Times Union- Best of 2007)
Ashley Pond has done live performances and interviews on radio shows like WAMC’s Performance Place and The Edge’s Capital Underground . Dala is also gaining attention from the large student population through airplay on WCDB, WRPI and WVCR.
The Dala tracks posted on MySpace site have generated over 10,000 plays prompting the MP3 release of the CD on the iTunes store.
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