ASHLEY SINGH, “17”
It’s only his third release, but “17” has the potential to spread wings and take off for UK singer/songwriter Ashley Singh. His straight-forward pop-rock take on reminiscences and what if’s about a past crush in “17” are so genuine you can hear the natural tremble in his voice. I won’t give it away, but the song will blindside you with its first verse, so then you have to hear the rest! Although his influences are wide and varied, citing Coldplay and Joni Mitchell, the melody of “17” screams Shawn Mendes’ “Stitches” (a UK #1 too). The song will also appeal to Shawn’s huge audience, and it doesn’t hurt that he’s blessed with similar good looks of a Zayn Malik either. Ashley Singh is one fine talent and I look forward to hearing more.