Plenty of kids pick up a guitar at an early age, often a dream perhaps handed down by an ambitious parent. It’s true, Asha Jefferies did in fact pick up a guitar and begin to sing at a very early age, but that action was by her own doing organically. She writes revealing music, often wrapping the truth around evocative metaphors, but also isn’t afraid to back herself into a corner only to find herself at odds with her dual identities; an intimate songwriter and a maturing young woman.
From the age of 13, Asha has been writing candid songs that detail the feelings and moments of her life in a warm attempt to hold those memories forever. Rising to national attention at such a young age with her goosebump-inducing single Honey, Save Me From My Falsehoods, Asha earned the respect of national broadcaster triple j with Richard Kingsmill praising her unique ability to craft ‘simple songs’ that ‘command attention’.
Delivering live performances that envelop and connect audiences, she’s shared the stage with childhood inspiration Ella Hooper, dear friends the Pierce Brothers and new acquaintances like Stella Donnelly, Oh Mercy, Bec Sandridge, Timberwolf, Thelma Plum, Robbie Miller, Slow Dancer and Hayden Calnin. She has worked alongside mentor Aaron Shanahan of Miami Horror, and received nominations from the Queensland Music Awards. Most impressive of all, before the age of 15, Asha entranced audiences at Woodford Folk Festival, Mullum Music Festival and Byron Bay Bluesfest.
2018 is proving bigger yet and saw her follow the success of the 2017 single ‘Coburg’ with a new release ‘Chaos’. The song went to yet another level – it was shortlisted in the Vanda & Young’s Songwriting Competition, won the triple j Unearthed NIDA competition, was championed by community radio and triple j Unearthed and introduced new people to her music.
Most importantly, 2018 will go down as the year it all changed for Asha Jefferies. Quietly assembling a team for the first time, she’s no longer the loner with an acoustic (a Fender Mustang is now her weapon of choice) and has recorded new music with Miro Mackie (Cold War Kids, St. Vincent, Bishop Briggs) with a full band in tow (first result of these sessions ‘Everybody Talks’ is out now), polishing up an EP she had thought she’d finished.
Asha Jefferies enters adulthood and this new chapter with the same determined self-assuredness that precedes her every performance, while maintaining the vulnerability and intimacy that’s enamoured fans the nation over since her early teens.