Ashley Swendsen may not be a household name just yet, but she could definitely have you tapping your toes and nodding to the beat of the music after her Friday, June 9, Take 10 performance live in the noon hour on the Gazette Facebook page. Every Friday we showcase a southern Colorado performer so you can see, hear and meet those people and learn more about the awesome talent in the Pikes Peak region.
Swendsen has been singing for 30 years with her musical humble beginnings in the Divine Redeemer Catholic Church choir. Swendsen describes her singing style as a mix of blues, jazz and classic songs, "I prefer the older influence from musicians like Joe Cocker, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter and Ella Fitzgerald."
Like Cocker, Swendsen believes that you make a song that may be written by someone else your own. She comes from a musical family. Her mom's name and claim to fame may ring a bell with southern Colorado radio listeners. Swendsen 's mother was on the air as "Kit Carson." She was on KILO and other radio stations in the 80s and 90s.
Swendsen will perform on our Take 10 stage with Tim Costello, who plays lead guitar with the Blue Frog band.
When I first listened to the video Swendsen sent me to get on our Take 10 show, my first thought was she sounds like rock and roller Janis Joplin. Swendsen's reaction was that she's heard this before about the Joplin sound, "I'm flattered but I still want to have my own style." Swendsen says unlike Joplin and others in the rock world who may party to excess because of the stress of the music industry on a performer's life, Swendsen has taken a different path, "I'm proud to be sober and have been for nine years."
You can watch Swendsen perform live during the noon hour on Friday on the Gazette Facebook page.
If like Swendsen you can wow a crowd, email me firstname.lastname@example.org to show off your talents on Take 10. The Gazette supports southern Colorado entertainment and Take 10 is our way to prove it.