At 18 Ayesha went to Nashville, feeling totally at home. She met a young fiddle player named Caitlin, who encouraged her to chase her dreams as a songwriter, and not let anything get in her way. Ayesha & Caitlin jammed together on the strip, and then went their separate ways. Caitlin would go on to become Taylor Swift's fiddle player, and Ayesha returned home to Wales with a fire that refused to be put out. At 19 Ayesha moved to America with her family, playing in bars and developing as a songwriter. But the move saw the family lose everything, and they were forced to return to Wales. It was a traumatic period of time. Ayesha was homeless for a while, relying on the kindness of friends and family to help her rebuild a life in the U.K. Over the next 4 years Ayesha found herself married, then divorced, living simply and playing music to get by. Music has forever been a source of strength and identity for Ayesha, and has kept her alive in more ways than one. At 21, Ayesha became a prominent feature of the local Blues jam scene, regaining her confidence and developing her unique sound as an artist and performer, treading the boards. She recorded her first demo, with the help of successful Swansea band 'The Story's'. Ayesha had so many songs in her head by now, and despite countless setbacks, she decided to head into the studio. Having never set foot in a studio before, The Story's helped Ayesha get something recorded. The demo was played on BBC2 by Bob Harris, who said he thought it was good. This was a pivitol point for Ayesha, having been a fan of Bob Harris for years, listening to his Country show on the radio on the way to countless gigs.
Since the humble early days there have been many hardships, successes and blessings, and Ayesha is grateful for them all. Having self-released a well recieved debut album, been a semi-finalist in the international songwriting competition 2 years running, and written and directed her first short film, featuring some her original piano music, that won 'best fantasty' in the 2017 Top Shorts film festival, it's been an amazing few years... but it feels like it's just the beginning. Never one to take anything for granted, Ayesha is the definition of the independent artist- from writing, playing and producing, to performing, filming, and editing. The next album is a unique project that will bring all this hard earned experience to light and life.
5th October 2015
"Just getting things ready to release a couple of singles from the abum in the coming weeks. The first is 'Sky's on fire'...a dreamy Americana song of love lost, last nights & goodbyes. We had a great time making the video for it- check it out on the homepage or the video page. The single will be out November 5th- here at the website & on iTunes and Amazon. Can't wait!!" A
1st September 2015
'Busy editing some new video's for the website- can't wait to share them with you. There's a sneak peak stripped down version of a song off the next album... Watch this space. Maybe I can get some sleep in November..? Oh wait, that's when I'm on tour with Mark Pontin Group as their new keyboard player!! Rehearsals start soon, and I've got butterflies. Boy those guys can play... If you like blues get your tickets from www.markpontingroup.com and come see us on the road!" A
16th May 2015
"Time to start the demos for the second album! Very Excited about the songs. I always write. There's no right time to write. But now I have to organise my many scattered ideas into what will hopefully be a worthy follow up to A Thousand Shores... Very excited to announce a new memebr to the band- Mr Dafydd Davies will be joining us on drums & percussion. He's got the voice of an angel too- so we'll see what he can do with the new stuff! Lots of wonderful work & positive change in the air." A
5th March 2015
"Delighted to be a semi finalist in the 2014 International Songwriting Competition with 'Dashboard Jesus'! It's my second year as a semi finalist.. and I've got my fingers crossed.. Finalists will be announced in the coming weeks, but I'm just so glad to make it this far out of 18'000 entrants- some of which are staff writers and signed artists with major labels. So I gotta be happy with my independent self so far. Onward & upward- dreamin' BIG & workin' HARD :)" A
24th February 2015
Check out the NEW live video for 'Hunger for the taste'. We had a great time recording & shooting at the beautiful & romantic 1930's Cinema in Cross Hands, South Wales, which proved to be an amazing back-drop for the feel of the song. I've been wanting to do a live video like this for a long time- I finally get to introduce you properly to my band. Mark Pontin on guitar, Alun Walters on bass, Dafydd Davies on drums & Alan Thomas on lap steel. It's my first offering of many as I now have the equipment & a whole lot more know-how than I did before we shot this video. It's amazing what you can do with a couple of camera's & some borrowed lamps ;) Never a dull moment being an independent artist! One minute you're writing a song... the next you're learning as you go & working overtime to edit your live video footage of it ;) We managed to record the live sound & film the live footage in just 6 hours! It took a lot longer to edit- but I'm delighted with how it's turned out. It's just the first of many live music video's I can't wait to share with you. Loving the journey right now!
20th November 2014
"Would REALLY appreciate if everybody could check out my video on CM&T's website & give it a like :) It's an amazing new platform for international Country artists & 'Sky's on Fire' is in the running to be featured on their new television show- check them out for the best in Country music video's & all the fixin's for travel to the USA. It's good stuff x Thanks guys! Help me make this happen!!" A x
19th November 2014
"Rehearsals began today for the new live video shoot! Exciting footage & photo's to come. We're honoured to be recording and filming in an inspiring space, with the brand new band and lots to look forward to. Live video's should be 'live' within the next couple weeks- a couple of winter warmers from A THOUSAND SHORES. That mandolin sounds sooo good" A :)
5th September 2014
****Commencing preparations for the second album**** New drummer on board!**** Been a gig tastic summer...now the hard work begins again.
21st May 2014
"Excited to be part of the last ever Hebden Bridge Blues Festival's famous midnight jam session this coming weekend. You can still get your tickets at http://www.yorkshirebluesfestival.co.uk/p/ticket-sales.html. Also don't miss out on seeing my talented husband and double UK Blues Award nominee Mark Pontin Group playing a set at 8:30pm on the main stage Sunday. See you there!"
16th May 2014
Editing for the new video is finally finished and you can view it here! Don't forget to connect with Ayesha on facebook and twitter! All shares of the new video are greatly appreciated :)
Exciting news about the new album coming soon....But in the meanwhile, here's some of the journey so far...
Ayesha is a singer/songwriter/piano player from Wales in the U.K. Having also grown up in Australia & America, her celtic roots & eclectic upbringing have given her a unique style that falls somewhere between the cracks of Country, Americana, Blues & Soul.
Ayesha released her debut album 'A Thousand Shores' in Autumn 2014, to rave rviews from Country/Americana pubications and radio stations. The album was well recieved, and Ayesha was thrilled to see it finally come together, having collected the stories for the songs & the right musicians (friends) to help deliver them along the way. She co-produced A Thousand Shores at Sonic One Studios, with the help of the talented Tim Hamill.
The record of 10 songs was recorded, mixed & mastered in just 13 days. What you hear was a labour of love, fought for on a long journey, with many trials & tribulations to date. It is a testament to hard work, patience, and a whole lot of faith!
Ayesha started playing keyboards in bands at the age of 14, and very quickly became a road worn musician in her own right. At 16 she was the first international songwriter to be accepted onto the CMAA's college of Country music in Australia, a program designed to develop promising Country artists/songwriters & musicians. The 16 year old proved a force to be reckoned with, holding her own among artists with much more experience.