Ashley

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Ashley Cleveland is a three-time Grammy and two-time Dove Award winner who has released eight critically acclaimed albums.

God Don’t Never Change, her most recent effort (2009), features songs rooted firmly in a “…host of traditions — black spirituals, folks songs, 18th century hymns, gospel blues, and jubilee.” The disc was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album.

Cleveland resides in Nashville with her husband, Kenny Greenberg, and their three children, Rebecca, Henry, and Lily.

“Few artists have achieved as compelling a fusion of gospel, blues, and rock…she renders [these songs] with the ferocity of the Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones.”
– iTunes

“One of the best rock n’ roll albums of the year.”
– Austin American Statesman

“A searing version of the gospel according to Blind Willie Johnson from great Nashville singer and her guitar-slinging husband.”
– USA Today

Quotes…

"Who's the girl?"
Ahmet Ertegun
 
 
"Ashley has gathered these gems from the musty hymnals that rest on old wooden pews in the neighborhood churches of our childhood; songs that have been sung for generations by countless congregations coming together to celebrate the miracle of faith. Here she infuses them with new life and meaning through the muscle and blood of her powerful and passionate voice."
Emmylou Harris
 
 
"Ashley gives me goosebumps when it's hot outside She's one of those rare writers whose songs aren't just real smart, but real wise -- and she sings them with this utterly astonishing voice that always leaves me and Buddy stunned. She's as soulful as anyone I've ever heard -- and I've heard everyone -- and that soul just pours, no, explodes out of her beautiful, naked heart."
Julie Miller

 

"Nashville is a Mecca for songwriters, singers, instrumentalists and record producers etc., a city full of artistic treasure. One of its brightest gems is Ashley Cleveland. With this soulful, obviously personal and heartfelt project, she shines ever brighter."
Michael McDonald
 
 
"She sings like she means it.
"She writes like she means it.
"I think she means it."

John Hiatt
 
 
"There is nothing prim about the way Ashley delivers a hymn...or any song, for that matter. She sounds the way most of us feel: full of grit, angst and passion. I love hearing these timeless lyrics sung by her. Her voice captures the longing in us all."
Amy Grant
 
 
"This extraordinary record by Ashley has restored the beauty of the Christian tradition. I am immensely proud to write a ringing affirmation of this magnificent album."
Gratefully,
Brennan Manning
Author, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Abba's Child

 

"When I hear Ashley sing, it's like I'm standing at some railroad tracks, and when I look away for a second, out of nowhere, a train comes roaring by at about a thousand miles an hour."
Shawn Colvin
 
 
"Hymns are the richest vein of our faith's cry of the soul. But as deeply true as their words ring, I simply am bored by a frame of music that doesn't move my heart. Then, Ashley. I confess that Ashley Cleveland over the years has provided me the surest soundtrack for my life. There is no single artist that has more moved, troubled, and comforted my soul. Her voice reaches the depths of my heartache and rockets me to the high places of hope. This new labor is her finest and deserves to be in the home and heart of every believer in this country."
Dan B. Allender Ph.D.
President, Mars Hill Graduate School
Author, The Wounded Heart, To Be Told
 
 
"A voice as big as Tennessee and the songwriting talent to back it up."
New Music Express