Written by Rahoul Naik
Ashley David has a smooth, sensuous and addictive voice and for his debut release Touched, featuring Alicai Harley, his attributes melt in to a cascade of melodies for a refreshing and genuine spin on R&B.
Taking in his worldly inspirations, the Londoner embellishes his work with glints of his Jamaican heritage as island music and soul vibes flirt playfully alongside contemporary R&B to make his self coined ‘Island Blues’. Featuring the delectable rap and singing talents of one of the UK’s most recently discovered stars Alicai Harley, Touched is sexy and heartfelt, yet fierce.
Born into a multi-talented family, Ashley David has been musically cultivated by the strong influences of his uncles who were in an award-winning international gospel group and his older brother, a chart topping songwriter, Varren Wade (Wretch 32 ‘6 Words’, Stormzy ‘Blinded By Your Grace’).
Ashley David himself began his career at an early age, seeing him take to the stage of West End Theatre before moving on to study animation and become a freelance creative director/ animator & graphic designer, providing visuals and collaborating with the likes of WSTRN and John Boyega.
It is through his own journeys and those closest to him that he’s been able to nurture and hone his craft, being in complete control of all elements that he displays to the world and bringing him to the point he has reached today, a genuinely “360” artist.
Speaking of the release, which was premiered at radio by DJ Ace on BBC 1Xtra, Ashley David says:
“I am extremely excited about Touched, as I have been working on mymaterial over the last year and it seems like every skill I’ve learned & developed within the arts has now converged to this point where the world is now about to see all that I’ve been honing. Music, animation, visuals, the whole nine yards will be released and the excitement I am feeling is palpable, I want to take people on a journey into my very own genre which I call “Island blues”.
You can watch the colourful video for the track below: