Welcome! I am Asha, also known as Asha Elijah and Asher Quinn. You will find 26 albums here, from my very latest collection of songs on Knights & Angels in 2017, going right back to my debut album Open Secret in 1987, which was predominantly instrumental. You can also listen to samples, read descriptions, buy CD's and downloads, watch YouTubes, see galleries and find out about concerts and forthcoming events in these pages! My songs, instrumental pieces and piano vignettes are spiritually themed, intimate and heart-centered in intent. I sometimes also re-interpret traditional songs and great love ballads by other troubadours of our times, like Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan, and combine this musical output with a private practice as a transpersonal psychotherapist.
Please scroll down for the latest news about forthcoming albums, projects and so on.
My poems also have a page here, and some have been set to music on YouTube.
"Hymns for the heart"
~ Dagmar Dederichs, Germany
"Soft and tender melodies inside a tear-drop... crystal clear"
~ Candy Nichols, Colorado
"Such an expressive and beautiful voice... music that makes me cry"
~ Nilda Stefanello, Brazil
15/01/18 ~ New album out now "Knights & Angels"
My new album Knights & Angels is now available here as a CD and download. There are 12 original new tracks, plus a thirteenth song written with Oliver Riz. Guesting musicians are Hungarian singer Székely Ilus (Yloush) who sings and arranges the female backing vocals, and Géza Kremnitzky of the Hungarian folk duo Hungarikum Együttes who plays acoustic guitar, mandolin, Irish bouzouki and harmonica. The album was composed, recorded and filmed for YouTube in Hungary, where I now live most of the time. The CD is in a beautiful digi-pack format designed by my son Isaac, with a 12-page booklet, and the playing time is a healthy 72 minutes, recorded at Origo Studio in Budapest! The songs are spiritually-themed expressions of love, loss, sacrifice, magic and mystery on the path of higher truth.
Here are the tracks:
1. Stay close (7.52)
2. Hey, babe (4.50)
3. Pietà (4.31)
4. Just slip away (6.51)
5. Crown of thorns (7.19)
6. The colour of his blood (7.00)
7. I wish (4.48)
8. Everything will be OK (4.26)
9. All is given in grace (6.05)
10. The bringer of miracles (6.16)
11. Knowest thou not whom I am? (3.30)
12. Goodnight God (3.52)
12+1. Take this love (4.08; written with Oliver Riz)
15/01/18 ~ Other new recordings under way
In addition to Knights & Angels I am currently recording FOUR other albums at Origo Studio, simultaneously:
* Grail songs ~ my follow-up to Knights & Angels as a solo album. Eight songs have already been composed, and four recorded. Possibly ready by mid-summer 2018.
* God Gave Us Flowers ~ this is an album of cover versions, where I duet with friend and colleague Székely Ilus (Yloush). Five songs have already been recorded, of which four are already on YouTube. These include versions of R. Kelly’s soulful ballad ‘If I could turn back the hands of time,’ and Pachelbel’s Kanon set to a Hallelujah chorus and a song of peace. Also possibly ready by mid-summer 2018.
* Songs of Truth & Grace ~ this is principally my piano and Yloush’s voice; gentle; meditative and pure. Possibly ready by the autumn 2018.
* The Mother, the Lover, the Healer & the Muse ~ this is a different album of covers with just me singing. Possibly ready by Christmas 2018.
I always have new music and YouTube projects on the go, and am currently very fortunate to have a fabulous set-up here in Budapest, with a reliable studio to record at which is just about affordable, friends who are gifted musicians guesting on my songs, and a marvellous city and nearby country-side in which to film YouTubes for my songs, with many sacred sites. So all of the above projects are subject to change, and could appear earlier or a little later than indicated, and all could be joined at any minute by new projects!
15/01/18 ~ Poems and translations
There is now a page on my site with some poems I have written, several of which have been set to music and imagery on YouTube. And my musical friend and neighbour Yloush also translates some of my songs into Hungarian (as I live there!) Several of these translated songs also appear on YouTube, but it’s a long project… I have over 300 songs and rising. This may be completed by 2060, by which time I will be over 100! I take my cue from the pianist Arthur Rubinstein who, reputedly, on being given a new 15-year contract to record by Sony when he was 90, complained that it was not long enough.
Eventually, I would like to publish a book (or books) with my lyrics, and volumes of poetry... both in English and Hungarian… when I can afford it!
15/01/18 ~ Kindness button!!!
You may notice that I have a ‘Kindness button’ here (top right on the home page, with a ‘K’ in a heart as an icon). Any contributions you may ever feel inspired to offer, help enormously to manifest the songs and films you see here. The big costs I have are for the studio time, and the pressing of the discs, and the smaller costs are for travel, accommodation, artwork, website updates and maintenance, and insurances. From start to finish a new album might cost about £5000 to get it from my heart to the market-place, but my main motives are to create music for love, art, truth and spirit, not to get rich! I have a basic infra-structure so my CD’s and downloads sell (here on my site, and through distribution, and sites like i-tunes, amazon, spotify and so on), but it only just about covers the costs or… more often... falls a little short. This is the way of the artist! I am an amateur in the truest sense… from the words ‘ama te’… to do something for higher love, but my products are very professionally produced.
To provide for my family I earn income from being a transpersonal psychotherapist. The music has to pay for itself! And yet somehow I’ve managed to create over 30 albums in 30 years, and to make over 333 films (lots of ‘3’s’!!) Occasionally benefactors help out, and this has been a great blessing. So if you are touched by my songs and feel so inspired, then all contributions to costs are gratefully received! And you will be loved not only by me, but also loved in heaven! You know it makes sense!
15/01/18 ~ Recent YouTubes
~ All my mistakes
~ I can’t take you out of my heart
~ Just slip away
~ Crown of thorns
~ Mother of love (Mária edition)
~ You give me strength
~ Hey, babe
~ Pray like a mountain
~ Everything will be OK
~ Return to your soul
~ Wedding day
~ The bringer of miracles
~ All is given in grace
~ Goodnight God
~ Knowest thou not whom I am?
~ I wish
~ Spiritual love
~ Take this love
"Asher ~ one of my favourite singers! Your music is like the breath of an angel."
~ Zsolt Gomori, Hungary
Singing Stone Music is now the record label on which I record, and which houses my current catalogue. Click here to read the legend of the singing stone and about the mythology of the heart with wings that I've chosen as the logo