So, one night I am chatting with a friend, and she reminds me of a boy band from a few years back – V Factory. It’s been awhile since I last heard anything from them. At that moment, I went “OH, YEAH! OH, MY GOSH! I REMEMBER THEY CAME TO CITY WALK OKC AND I WANTED TO GO!’ Unfortunately, I couldn’t.
Anyway, I look up their music video for “LoveStruck” and something about Asher catches my eye. So, I wonder if he was up to anything lately and boy he did not disappoint.
I immediately follow him on Twitter, and watch his “Hello Baby” music video. I am so highly impressed. The black and white element reminds me of the good ole’ Film Noir genre, and the record was great itself. Loved the ear-worm worthy chorus and it was something different- not like every pop record I hear on the radio.
Since then, I’ve been doing more and more research on Mr. Monroe’s material and I continually become more and more pleasantly surprised. His versatility is astounding. He can tear an upbeat record w/ tracks likes “Back For More, “So High” and “Every Night.” However, the next minute he can melt many hearts with that sweet crisp clear falsetto in ballads like “Like I Do,” “Only Imagine,” and “Out of Sight.” With so many artists using production, autotune, and so much more studio aspects we’re losing that raw vocal talent in the industry. Well, Asher has that raw talent. It definitely shows.
A couple nights ago, I watched his full set from the Ann Arbor stop in the DigiTour online. Man, I was blown away! I was not expecting him to do an acoustic set. Speaking as someone who absolutely loves acoustic sets, I loved every minute of it. His version of Robin Thicke’s “Pretty Lil’ Heart” – unbelievably sexy. Great flip on the “Every Night” record… The way he slowed it down was so sultry, but the best part was that it showcased his vocal ability. Point of the story – this kid has a voice, and I’m so glad he’s not hiding behind it.
Extreme amount of talent aside, I love how down to earth Asher really is. He has no attention seeking presence on stage, he is really sweet and interactive with the crowd. Not only on stage, but I see tweets where the Monroses (his fanbase) say they’ve met him on the tour and he was nothing but a gentleman to them.
Reading his words of wisdoms on Twitter, I find it hard to believe that it’s an act. You can tell he loves music, and he’s grateful for every opportunity that comes his way. To find an artist like that is a true rarity.
So, the take away from all of this? Support great music, but more importantly support the phenomenal musicians behind it. Entertainment is so embedded in our culture that we need the upstanding people to be at the forefront. We need to be inspired, and you know what? Asher Monroe has definitely inspired me.