'The Moon' is out now!
Four-time CMAA Golden Guitar Award winner, Ashleigh Dallas last month released her latest single. The Moon shines a light on her family life and is the final piece of the puzzle for her upcoming album.
The accompanying music video, exclusively premiering today on Countrytown, was shot by Jay Seeney of Blacklist Productions around Kootingal and Tintinhull and Tamworth. It features Kumbogie Woolshed and Ashleigh's husband, Chris Dallas, as well as baby Lillian (who was five weeks old at the time of filming) and three-year-old, Harriet.
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The Moon came to Ashleigh through Sam Hawksley’s Song Club. Each week the participants of Song Club write a song from a prompt, which was ‘a dollar and the moon’ on this occasion.
Ashleigh says, “It was written very late at night and (husband) Chris was away, I was home because of COVID lockdowns and it was that idea that you would trade the dollar to be under the moon with all those people you love.”
She adds, “The story connected with me and it was a bit emotional to write because Chris and I have juggled with both of us having to go away to work throughout our relationship, but the ultimate dream is that you could be together all the time, but life isn’t that simple.”
In the song, The Moon is the constant in their lives because, no matter where they are when they’re apart, they’re standing under the same moon. It’s a concept that many people deal with.
“Whenever you leave your family home, or the people you love, you go away knowing that you love what you do, but you yearn for what’s back home,” she says.
“It was 100 per cent my diary entry because playing gigs away often means being in motels on our own. When you do go away, people think it is a glamorous lifestyle and it does have its perks, but most of the time you have to go back to a motel room on your own and scroll through a phone looking at what you’re missing out at home.”
Ashleigh is third generation in a country music family dynasty. Born in Australia’s Country Music Capital of Tamworth NSW, the CMAA graduate grew up listening to the musical sounds of her family – Roll of Renown recipient and Golden Guitar winner, Rex Dallas and Golden Guitar winner, producer and multi-instrumentalist father, Brett Dallas. She began violin lessons at the age of 6, and learned to play acoustic guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and banjo and started songwriting when she reached her teenage years.
Her latest album Reflection was released in 2019 and followed 2015’s Otherside of Town and her award-winning 2017 album Lighthouse, which debuted at number two on the ARIA Country Charts just below Keith Urban. Since the age of 16, Ashleigh has been a proud ambassador for the music festival Tunes In The Tropics, held on Fiji’s Coral Coast. In the 10 years of the trip, Ashleigh has been a part of raising money for the local Fijian Community and local schools while sharing her songs to the festival goers and local families.
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