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ASHLEY HEATH and JORDAN OKREND Appearing Sun Dec 10th 2017 at 7:30pm

$10 in advance
$12 at the door
"Ashley Heath is a southern Appalachian powerhouse; a hidden musical gem in the beating heart of western North Carolina. Heath's sultry original compositions beckon a homecoming of the heart to all listeners, regardless of age, race, gender, or geographic origin. Her insightful lyrics, carefully blended with familiar melodies draw the listener in, and then set a hook with powerful choruses that leave the tune in one's head for days."
-Richard Barrett -
With a blend of original soul Americana music, Ashley Heath was just voted as the #1 Songwriter and #2 Folk/Acoustic artist in Asheville, NC by readers of the Mountain Xpress. With "velvety" vocals and a bluesy guitar style, Ashley has quickly moved to the top of the Asheville and western NC music scene. Raised in the foothills of Appalachia, she developed a strong passion for country, blues, and folk music and has recently released an album of original material, A Different Stream. She will be playing "NC Stars in the Round" for Shakori Hills Festival and has been accepted into the exclusive band competition at Merlefest for 2018.

Heath released her first album, A Different Stream, in May of 2017 at The Asheville Music Hall. Since the release, A Different Stream was voted #48 on WNCW's Top 100 Releases of 2016, Heath was named "Artist Of The Year - 2016 - Regional" by The Greenville Journal, and she wrapped up her first Kickstarter Campaign in which $11,866 was raised to help fund advertising, promoting, tour support, and vinyl records for new album. The Kickstarter Campaign has allowed her to step out of the region and start touring regularly through the east coast including: Harrisburg PA, Baltimore MD, Washington DC, Richmond VA, New York City NY, Atlanta GA, Greenville TN, and more.

Now Heath has been focusing efforts on the release of her Sophomore album Where Hope Never Dies and is taking it on the road from Asheville to San Diego for her first National Tour in November 2017.

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The Jordan Okrend Experience is more than one thing. First, there is the signature sound, vintage pop imbued with an infectious funky jazz edge. There is also something else. Soulful music with socially conscious lyrics, that has all been but lost in today’s current pop climate.

The Asheville NC based singer/songwriter released his first two EP’s, Unpredictable and Rising Up, between 2010 and 2012 while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been performing extensively throughout the East Coast ever since. His 2015 EP World Keeps Turnin was a clear indication that Okrend had thrown his hat into the ring of other soul revival upstarts such as Allen Stone and Michael Kiwanuka. The EP blended the old school with the contemporary while echoing the conscious elements of his musical heroes-Lennon, Hendrix and Marley. Since settling in Asheville NC in 2016, Okrend has continued with his impressive musical journey. He was a winner in Asheville's Brown Bag Songwriting Competition and was also named as one of the top acts to see at MONDO, NYC .

Okrend's new album, Dance By The Riverside is a buoyant meditation of the stresses of the modern world, with a distinctively funk and retro soul vibe. It may bring to mind classic soul artists like Stevie Wonder, but has a sound that firmly belongs in these times. With lyrics that reference “social media” as in the single Dance by The Riverside, the phenomenon of “ghosting” as in the hooky electric guitar driven Stranded, the call for “Unity” in the bonus live acoustic track written in response to the 2016 election, these songs resonate.

Recorded at Sound Temple Studios in Asheville, NC with engineer Robert George, there is a certain uncontrived timeless quality in the material that resulted from Jordan's spontaneous approach to playing and recording. Four of the eight tracks on the album are marked by their use of horns that echo over catchy hooks including the single, Dance By The Riverside. The single also made into an Official Video was filmed by the French Broad River in Asheville, NC and captures the joy, freedom and positive vibes of Jordan's music. "The emphasis is on speaking to the human experience”, Okrend asserts. "I hope this album inspires and uplifts all who hear it.”