VULNERABLE AND HEARTFELT: Ashleigh Dallas reminds us Love Still Has Something

 

In case we need a reminder, that goodness and joy still exists, chart-topper Ashleigh Dallas is back with her new single, Love Still Has Something.

Apple Music has embraced the joy, adding the single to Aussie Country, New Music Daily and Country Lovin’ playlists on release.

Written during her time as a member of Sam Hawksley’s Song Club, the prompt was Love Still Has, and this song was born just before her weekly contribution to the ‘club’ was due.

“The prompt and this song took me to that vulnerable space that you often try to hide from, in your own four walls, but then when you actually open your eyes up, there is still something there for you in life outside your comfort zone,” Ashleigh said.

“This song ultimately is about allowing yourself to have self-love and I hope that this song will encourage people to commit to that more as I don’t think we allow time for ourselves, as easily as we would for someone else.”

The five-time Golden Guitar winner and chart-topping singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Tamworth said she wanted others to know they weren’t alone in their journey of reaching out beyond their comfort zone, or wanting to hide within their four walls.

“If I can let others know that I have those experiences as well and that I can retreat to four walls, and hide there, too, maybe they won’t feel so alone,” Ashleigh said.

“But you’re not going to find the answer there, because the answer is always going to be outside your comfort zone. We all have fragility and we need to have kinder self-talk, which will hopefully bring inner harmony, which then translates to all aspects of your life.”

Like much of Ashleigh’s music, this track was a family affair, recorded with her producer and guitarist father, Brett Dallas, bass playing brother, Lindsay Dallas, and all other strings and vocals by Ashleigh, herself.

“It was quite special recording this track together, because your family is often the ones you shy away from when dealing with your own vulnerabilities,” she said.

“The songwriter in me 10 years ago would have said it was inspired by someone else’s story, but now I’m ready to own my own stories and I hope by opening myself up more, this does bring further connection with my audiences. If you allow your own barriers to come down, I hope it brings much stronger ties between myself and my listeners as we all have our own issues we are dealing with.”

Asleigh said she felt that the music she was releasing demonstrated the next chapter filled with love and joy.

“I think there are going to be some changes in my music that I’m comfortable in embracing and I’m excited that my audience is here for the journey,” she said.

The Tamworth artist has been busy racking up the miles and Frequent Flyer points, playing shows in The Pilbara in Western Australia, as well as a line dancing event in Melbourne, in June.

Next week, from July 8-15, will be on Great Keppel Island for the SHE Songwriting Retreat and Country on Keppel before she takes on the role as Assistant Director at The Academy of Country Music from July 15-20 in Tamworth.

Ashleigh then has the Gympie Music Muster from August 22-25 and has just announced her Tamworth Country Music Festival show at the Tamworth Town Hall on January 22.

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