When I was presented with the new EP, Strangers, from 19-year old Mason Ashley, I was blown away by the maturity in her poetic and relatable lyrics. The second thing that caught my attention was her flawless, clear vocals that were enhanced by the tight, crisp production on each of the 6 tracks on Strangers. There is definitely an independent feel to the EP, but it is balanced out by production that gives it is modern, commercial feel that could vault Mason Ashley into the Top 40.
Writing songs that are heartfelt and real can be a challenge for some songwriters, but Mason Ashley has found a way to tell a story with each of her songs that draws out the emotions and feelings of real people. When talking about her process of writing the track, she finds something special about what she does. “The song is about using music to tell someone how you’re feeling,” Ashley mused about writing the song,”You Should Know”. “It’s about saying everything you never said to someone and knowing it won’t fix everything but there’s something so freeing about getting things off your chest and baring it all. The inspiration for this song actually came from someone writing a song for ME. Being a songwriter, I’m always the one writing about other people…it’s never the other way around. I started thinking about how crazy cool it is to be a songwriter and that my entire life and career is about telling stories and confessions.”