GuestPost Ashlyn Grayce
(Nashville, Tennessee – September 9, 2021) – Singer/Songwriter Ashlyn Grayce released her powerful new single, “Letter From Heaven,” which is now available on all digital and streaming platforms. This emotionally compelling song will assuredly tug at the heartstrings of listeners everywhere, and it is by far the most personal song Grayce has ever written. “Letter From Heaven” was affectionally crafted to honour her Grandmother, “Mimi,” who recently passed away.
Although the song is very personal, it also conveys a universal message of selfless love and painful loss, relatable to anyone who has ever experienced heartbreak and sorrow. Grayce moves through the song with emotion, taking the listener on a touching journey, as she imagines receiving a letter from Heaven from her Grandmother where she describes her new home.
I’ve never seen such green grass,
Yellow flowers and blue skies that always last.
I’m reminiscing with my mama,
Having dinner with my daddy,
Watching sunsets in the valley made of gold.
All the people live in harmony
Beneath the branches of the cherry tree,
By far the best place I’ve ever been.
Signed, my letter from Heaven.
Grayce’s transparent and angelic vocals, kindred in spirit with Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, compliment the song’s sublime country, folk, and grassroots sounds. “Letter From Heaven” was co-written with Grammy award-winning songwriter Steve Dean and produced by industry veteran Brent Rader. Grayce’s younger brother, Hunter Cranford, was also featured on guitar throughout the track. “This song is so near and dear to my heart, and it wouldn’t be what it is today without the help of these three amazingly talented guys,” Grayce reflected.
Grayce and Steve Dean recently had the honour of debuting the song live at Dollywood’s Celebrity Theatre during the 2021 Gatlinburg Songwriters Festival. Their performance was received with rousing enthusiasm and approval.
“I am so excited to share this song with everyone, and I hope it brings you comfort and peace during these trying times like it did for me when I wrote it,” said Grayce. “We all experience the loss of someone dear during our lives which is painful and universal. You never get over the loss of a loved one, and, as difficult as it was, I want to do my best to honour Mimi through the power of music and turn my heartache into something positive that others can relate to and hopefully heal from.” Upon its release, “Letter From Heaven” premiered on Radio SoBro’s NuMu Friday. Listen here.
“This song came from a place deep within. During one of our writes back in September of 2019, I brought in the chorus I had written to get Steve’s thoughts and to see if he would be willing to help me finish it. I’m so grateful he did. It was truly a magical session and turned out better than I ever could have ever imagined – from Steve’s superb harmonies and Hunter’s heartfelt guitar to Brent’s beautiful grassroots production. Every line in the song perfectly reflects my sweet Grandmother,” Grayce commented. “Music has always been such an integral part of my Grandmother’s life as well as my family’s, so honouring her with a song was natural. It was truly a labor of love and I am so pleased with how it turned out. Some of my most favorite people were a part of making this song come to life, and for that, I am so grateful.”
Grayce’s music has a depth beyond her twenty-five years and offers an encouraging and positive message for listeners of all ages. She wants to make a difference in the lives of others through the power of her music – one song at a time – and is already back in the studio working on new material.
ABOUT ASHLYN GRAYCE
Grayce was born into a musical family. The Nashville native’s charismatic charm landed her print ads for companies like Cracker Barrel, Arista Records, and Reader’s Digest as a child. By the time she was a teenager, Grayce had already made a name for herself as a writer and performer and has since enjoyed sharing the stage with top artists and performed on festival stages all over the southeast, and she is a frequent guest of numerous local Nashville venues including The Bluebird Café, Nashville Palace, Dollywood, Hard Rock Café, and The Listening Room. As a writer, Grayce continues adding credits to her growing catalog, has enjoyed many independent cuts in multiple genres over the years, and regularly collaborates with Nashville’s top songwriters. Her previous project, the EP Somethin” Bout A Song, debuted at #4 on iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and their Bestseller list upon release. The EP was entirely written/co-written by Grayce and produced by accomplished record producer Brent Rader. Her last single was “Who’s To Say,” was co-written and produced by Troy Castellano.
Grayce has showcased her on-camera talents serving as co-host for episodes on JUCE TV’s internationally syndicated JUCE Live, JUCE Live After Party, and their TV show Hot off the Press, all three of which aired on TBN (Trinity Broadcasting Network). She has been a repeat guest on shows including WSMV’s Today in Nashville, Cumulus’ Ty Bentli Show. On New Year’s Eve, Grayce hosted “Say Goodbye to 2020” for Truckstock (an online music and entertainment space celebrating the American truck driver and all supply chain heroes) live on Facebook with Top 40 artist Austin Webb, Tom Tippin (son of country icon Aaron Tippin), and numerous other artists. She was also a recent guest on Jimmy Bowen & Friends, a TV music series currently broadcasting internationally on multiple TV networks (Heartland TV, The Family Channel, The Country Network, RightNow TV, StrykTV, etc.) featuring performances from Bowen and other well-known artists including John Schneider (Dukes of Hazzard), Sonny LeMaire (Exile), and Elvie Shane. She graduated from Lipscomb University Cum Laude with a B.A. Degree in Strategic Communication and remains very involved with her alma mater.