Heather "Aslyn" Mitchell Nash (born September 21, 1980) is an American pop singer and songwriter from Atlanta, Georgia. She has released two full-length albums, Lemon Love and The Dandelion Sessions, as well as a 4-disc EP. She is also the sister of three members of the band Georgia.
1 Early years,
2 Musical career,
3 Personal life,
7 External links,
Aslyn was born in west Florida and raised in Chiefland, Florida, outside of Gainesville. At the age of seven, she began taking classical piano lessons from her mother. Immediately submersing herself into the music scene, she did everything she could to gain exposure to live performing: entering talent contests, singing at weddings, and performing at church.
Upon graduating from high school, she attended Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee and received her college degree. She then followed her dream of performing which led her to Atlanta, Georgia where she lived on various people's couches for a while as she performed throughout the town.
During this phase in her life, she purchased her first car with saved money. She referred to this car as a "lemon", and it eventually inspired the title track of her debut album, "Lemon Love". She briefly dated Butch Walker, mentioning him in her song "Golden" as "Number Five."
While performing on a nightly basis, Aslyn began to immerse herself in many different genres of music. Many artists influenced her including Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Earth Wind & Fire, and Queen.
Beginning in 2002, she began to compose many of the songs that would be the basis for Lemon Love. Record companies in Los Angeles began to show interest in Aslyn's music, inspiring her to begin searching for a record label.
Aslyn performed a very personal song for Capitol Records entitled "493-1023" which speaks about her father's job loss and ensuing loss of family stability. Upon hearing the song, the record label signed her immediately.
While preparing to record and write the songs for her debut CD, Aslyn requested to work with producer Guy Chambers. She had become interested in Chambers' work after hearing the heavily European sound on many of Robbie Williams' albums. Chambers produced eight of the twelve tracks on Lemon Love. For the remaining four, Aslyn worked with a California-based producer, Eric Valentine.
Two singles were released off the album: "Be the Girl" and "Gotta Get Over You". The first single that peaked at #35 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Aslyn's sound as a performer has been classified as more of an "independent pop/alternative singer". Her single "Be the Girl" was featured in an episode of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County on MTV."Be the girl" also got featured in the "Bratz Rock Angels" Video Game.
After the release of her album, Aslyn began to tour the United States which such headliners as Ryan Cabrera, Better Than Ezra, Gavin DeGraw, The Click Five, and Chris Isaak. The album peaked at #36 on the Billboard Top Heatseeker chart.
In January 2008, Aslyn released an EP entitled The Grand Garden EP. The EP features 27 songs divided up into four parts or phases, most of which were recorded between Lemon Love and The Dandelion Sessions. The following year, she toured with Toby Lightman.
Her second album, The Dandelion Sessions, was released on August 1, 2009 on iTunes. Aslyn also performed at the benefit Zac Brown Band and Friends Concert on October 30, 2009 to help raise money for Athens' historic Georgia Theatre which burned down four months earlier on June 19.
In 2011, she released a live album Five Live on digital services on February 14. The physical version of the release was made available on May 14, 2012 through Amazon's Burn-On-Demand service.
She joined singing on the Get $leazy tour with Kesha in 2011 in addition to also appearing on an episode of Victorious with the band.
Later that year, she contributed vocals and co-wrote some songs on Kalen Nash's Ukred album which was released in 2012.
She married musician Kalen Nash on October 15, 2011.