19/10/19 ~ New album out now "Sirius"
My new album “Sirius” is now available here as a CD and a download. There are 13 original new tracks totalling 74 minutes of music, and a second CD included in the digi-pack, with actress and singer Katinka Egres singing 3 of those songs in Hungarian (I now live and work in Hungary!)
The digi-pack includes a 16-page booklet too, with some great photos and also some lyrics printed, in English and Hungarian. Altogether, it’s a beautiful item!
The songs are visionary, spiritually-themed expressions of a higher love resulting from loss, sacrifice and the everyday-life illusions and attachments we experience.
1. When she loved me 5.40
2. Our life went by 5.38
3. The flight of the songbird 6.10
4. Love one another 5.14
5. Ninety-nine days 3.56
6. Hallelujah prayer 6.08
7. Sirius ~ starseed: 8.47
8. The mystic garden 6.04
9. Borrowed 5.19
10. You and only you 5.06
11. I won’t give up on you 3.04
12. Amen 4.41
13. All is well 8.13
Extra CD in Hungarian
1. Tovaszálló szerelem: 6.10
2. Misztikus kert: 6.04
3. Az életünk tovaszállt: 5.38
19/10/19 ~ Some of the latest YouTubes
~ Learning the game
~ I won’t give up on you
~ Tovasszálló szerelem (The flight of the songbird)
~ Hallelujah prayer
~ Black is the colour
~ Misztikus kert (The mystic garden)
~ The lily of the west
~ Blow the wind southerly
~ Sacred heart (set to Portrait of a Beauty)
19/10/19 ~ Other albums nearly ready
I have 2 more albums very nearly completed (I just need help with the money to finish the recording, mastering, art-working and pressing… your kind donations help a lot!)
If you are positively touched by what I do in any way (make songs and films for, and through, God, art & love) then you have the opportunity to support this here. Each studio day costs me £140, and I need about 20-25 to complete an album; the artwork costs £300 for the graphic artist, as does the website updating through my webmaster Sepheus, and the first pressing costs about £800.
The films probably cost only about £50 each to make with expenses (I now do them myself) and I make about 20 a year. So an album might cost £5,000. I compose, write, record, script, film and design myself, but I need a studio engineer, graphic artist, webmaster and pressing company to do the bits I can’t do! If I didn’t arrange, script, design and film it would cost a lot more, for sure!
The first of these 'nearly ready' albums is called “God Gave Us Flowers”, another collection of cover versions; my 4th. Finished so far over the last 12-18 months are these tracks:
~ Black is the colour (Scottish folk-song)
~ Blow the wind southerly (Scottish folk-song)
~ Bölcsö dal (Hungarian folk song: Cradle song)
~ God gave us flowers (An Asha piece sung by Székely Ilona)
~ Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen)
~ If I could turn back the hands of time (R. Kelly)
~ Learning the game (Buddy Holly)
~ Magic (Bruce Springsteen)
~ Perfect (Ed Sheeran)
~ Tavaszi szél (Hungarian folk-song: The spring wind)
~ To know her is to love her (The Teddy Bears)
~ What a wonderful world (Louis Armstrong)
~ You got me singing (Leonard Cohen)
~ All along the watch-tower (Bob Dylan)
There may be 2 or 3 more songs!
The second of these 'nearly ready' albums is another collection of new studio tracks called “Songs For a More Meaningful Life.” Already written and recorded are:
~ Don’t you wait for me
~ Fields of breeze
~ Heart-shaped leaf
~ Let you go
~ Past lives
~ Peace be with you
~ Spirit breathing
~ Touched by Christ
~ Winter trees
~ Vagabond of God
~ Undreaming shadow
And there will be 2 or 3 more songs here, too! The more I can afford it, the more studio days I can book! If I had the money I would certainly produce 4 or 5 albums a year… my inspiration is limitless, because spirit is limitless!
And actually I already have a song written and recorded for a studio album after this one too, called “Gospel of Love”. The track is called 'Say goodbye beautifully.'
As I worked last year with female vocalist Székely Ilona (Yloush), so I am working this year with the spiritually-inspired Katinka Egres, who sings with me as a backing vocalist and duettist on some tracks, and also makes films with me… indeed Katinka directs some of the films! She has appeared alongside Brad Pitt and Kiera Knightly, and is well-known in Hungary as an actress.
30/10/18 ~ New album out now “Grail Songs”
Guesting, are 2 Hungarians: female backing vocalist Yloush (Székely Ilus), and Géza Kremnitzky of the folk-duo Hungarikum Együttes, who provides extra guitar and mandolin. I’m now based predominantly in Budapest, and the whole album was inspired by, composed, recorded and pressed in Hungary! The artwork for the beautiful CD digi-pack was also graphically designed by 2 Hungarians, Szabolcs Dávid, and Christian artist András Simon.
The songs are spiritually-themed expressions of love, loss, sacrifice, magic and mystery on the path of higher truth.
1. Dance with me (5.13)
2. I need to be loved (9.06)
3. The giver (5.38)
4. Budapest (6.33)
5. I can’t take you out of my heart (5.49)
6. All my mistakes (6.55)
7. I’m so sorry (5.33)
8. White and gold (7.52)
9. Wedding day (5.42)
10. The letter (4.25)
11. Carry me home (9.02)
12. Song of peace (5.48)
Total running time: 77.38
30/10/18 ~ Latest YouTubes
~ Take this love
~ All my mistakes
~ Avila concert highlights
~ White and gold
~ Stay close
~ Carry me home
~ The giver
~ I’m so sorry
~ Song of peace/Pachelbel’s Canon
~ I need to be loved
~ Sailing on the silk blue sea
~ Dance with me
~ Until we meet again
30/10/18 ~ Filming and recording with Hungarian actress and singer Katinka Egres
Katinka and I have begun to evolve a mini-CD project that was her inspiration… to record some duets around the theme of the word ‘Hallelujah’ in the title! I have a new song called ‘Hallelujah prayer’; there is Leonard Cohen’s iconic ‘Hallelujah’, and there is the Pachelbel Canon which I’ve set to a Hallelujah chorus in the past.
That’s for starters! We have already made a YouTube for the song ‘Dance with me’ from my album Grail Songs, which is almost like a Renaissance ballad of courtly love where Truth sings to Love! Katinka has made several films, including appearing with Brad Pitt in a zombie film, and recently with Kiera Knightly. Her best known film in Hungary is where she plays the feisty gypsy girl Böske in Megy a Gõzös (The Train Keeps a-Rollin’). The word ‘Hallelujah’ means God is present.
30/10/18 ~ Book of lyrics in English & Hungarian, with CD’s, photos, biography and artwork!
If I can get the funding I would dearly love to present a book of my lyrics (in both English and Hungarian, because those are the places I commute between), that contains a CD of selected tracks, and also a CD of the spoken word in Hungarian, set to gentle background music.
This would be a large hard-back book, and would also have photos, graphic art-work and biographical details. Maybe it’s a kind of life’s-work project! Volume one, at least! I’ve been producing songs for 31 years now, and have over 300! Many songs have already been translated by Yloush, but if she’s unable to complete it with me, I have other possible translators. So a lot has already been done, but I would need more funding to complete it!
30/10/18 ~ Five other albums currently in the making!!!!!
My various projects tend to be rivers that can change their course, but they all still lead to the sea! I had almost finished an album of duets with my friend, colleague and female backing vocalist Yloush (Székely Ilus), called God Gave us Flowers… where we sang some cracking cover versions… buy Yloush needed to shift the focus more to her own things, and so it will no longer be an Asha & Yloush album, but a solo album with her singing backing vocals on some tracks.
We were also embarked on making an album of songs in Hungarian (her native tongue, and Hungary is now where I’m predominantly based), called Songs of Truth & Grace, but I’m not quite sure what will happen there now. Maybe we can resurrect it a bit later, or maybe other Hungarian singers can contribute. We have five songs already recorded. My plan was to do the musical arrangements and play the music, but to support the Hungarian singing rather than take the lead as it’s not my native tongue. Some of the songs are traditional Hungarian folk songs, and some are my own songs translated into Hungarian.
And as it’s turning out, I’m collecting piano versions of some of my latest songs, and also instrumental versions… plus new piano and instrumental compositions… so I hope to have both a new solo piano album, and a new solo instrumental album released in 2019. These both are very exciting projects for me. It’s so tempting to write lyrics for everything I compose, but sometimes the music alone is enough, and I have to practice restraint. I don’t have titles yet for these two projects.
And finally I’m already five songs into a new solo studio album called “Sirius”, which will probably be finished by next spring!
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
06/03/17 ~ NEW ALBUM OUT NOW “CALVARY HILL”!!!
My new album Calvary Hill is now available! There are 12 new, original tracks on it, and over 73 minutes of music in a beautiful digi-pack format, with artwork designed by my younger son, Isaac. Guesting on it is Géza Kremnitzky of the celebrated folk duo Hungarikum Együttes, who plays his wonderful medieval brand of mandolin and classical guitar. The songs are spiritually-themed, and inspired by love, loss, magic and mystery. The ‘Calvary hill’ in question is just outside Budapest, where I have been living.
Here is the track listing:
1. Who are you (4.30)
2. Jesus come to me (5.48)
3. Broken (6.20)
4. Calvary hill (5.37)
5. Because you loved me (5.12)
6. Sweet wood-smoke (10.38)
7. Pray like a mountain (5.17)
8. Unseen (7.34)
9. Secret beauty (5.21)
10. Hurting (5.54)
11. Run free (5.35)
12. Never give up (5.31)
06/03/17 ~ NEW RECORDING “KNIGHTS & ANGELS” NOW UNDER WAY!!!
I have already begun work on my follow-up to Calvary Hill, and am recording new compositions now in Budapest. This album will be called Knights & Angels. The first track is now recorded; ‘Just slip away’.
Tracks so far written include:
Just slip away
Everything will be OK
He fell three times
Crown of thorns
The colour of blood
06/03/17 ~ NEW ALBUM OF COVER VERSIONS NOW UNDER WAY!!!
I have also begun to record a new volume of cover versions, to go with Songs of Love and Chains (2008), and Sun, Sorrow, Flowers, Moon (2014). The first track ‘To know her is to love her’ is now recorded.
06/03/17 ~ COLLABORATION UNDER WAY WITH OLIVER RIZ!!!
I have written and sung the lyrics to a piano piece by Oliver Riz, and I’ve called it ‘Take this love’. We are recording it in Budapest, and will go out very soon under the wing of Anamé Music. The Anamé Programme is a healing, meditation and musical foundation in Budapest. There will be a YouTube, too.
06/03/17 ~ POEMS & LYRICS; BOOKS UNDER WAY!!!
I intend to publish my first volume of poems, and also a book of song lyrics, perhaps with some photos and biographical detail. I have the momentum and opportunity to print these now in Hungary (in English). I’m not sure of the timing, exactly, but I would hope both might be ready within 18 months.
06/03/17 ~ LATEST YOUTUBES!!!
Some recent YouTubes since August 2016 include:
~ The magical child
~ Luna nueva
~ Run free
~ Because you loved me
~ The power of love
~ Never give up
~ Open secret (vocal version)
~ Who are you?
~ Sweet wood-smoke
~ Little singer on the mountain
~ Jesus come to me
~ Hallelujah sunshine
~ Stir it up
~ When we sleep (sky angel version)
31/08/16 ~ RECORDING NEW SONGS!!!
My current album "THUNDERHEART" was released only this month, but I've already embarked on recording my next album "Calvary Hill" up in Norfolk (the UK) with genial genius Tim Rock. 5 songs are already in the can out of 13! They are:
'Never give up'
'Who are you?'
'Jesus come to me'
These songs are inspired by where I live at the edge of Budapest half the time, up in the Buda hills in the village of Hidegkút. Opposite my bedroom window is the magical, mystical Calvary Hill (Kálvária-hegy). The mountain speaks to me! My friend Brigi lives down the road, and she's on fire with her sacred art at the moment... and these paintings also speak to me. We both of us go into the forest (at different times!!!) and receive inspiration through the ether. It is a very powerful, ancient territory.
This album should be finished in December (artwork & everything) and might even be ready for Christmas. The music is quite folky, anthemic, intimate and poignant. 'Sweet wood-smoke' is about a lost love, but I can see her house from the hill... and all our friend's houses... and my little life up there... and I wonder if we can smell the same sweet wood-smoke.
'Calvary hill,' the title track, is like an ancient Grail ballad... a chivalric song about love and sacrifice, and crossing over into a spiritual dimension, shamanically.
'Never give up' spurs me on... I needed to write that to stop me giving up! I find the spiritual path THAT hard! Love, loss, sacrifice, the endless road... full of ordeals, dragons and inner demons. My path is to give my whole heart to God, unconditionally...to give my whole life. I got very ill this summer with grief and loss, and bewilderment... I lost 8 kilos, too. The path of glory or the path of sorrow... they keep changing the sign-posts!
'Who are you?' is about my feelings for a lost love, and a beautiful truth in her mystery that I treasure. She must fly... and I must believe. Brigi painted the magnificent 'Cross of Lancelot'... about the moment Lancelot sacrificed his love for Guinevere to return to the Grail. This painting is almost too painfully beautiful to look at, for me. It also informed the song 'Calvary hill'.
And Brigi's 'Noli Me Tangere' inspired my anthemic song 'Jesus come to me'. In the painting Mary Magdalen drops her vase in awe when she first sees the resurrected Christ. The painting is flooded with light.
I feel swept up in a current of spiritual beauty, and these songs are flowing. Tim's studio is a shed in the rural, windswept garden next to the chickens! On sunday, as I was recording 'Never give up', a violent, billowing storm rolled in. Hail lashed the roof, lightning hit the weather vane and all the lights went out... including the computer. OK, OK I thought... I hear you! Never give up!
27/07/16 ~ NEW ALBUM “THUNDERHEART” READY!!
13 NEW TRACKS & OVER 73 MINUTES OF MUSIC ON DOWNLOAD & CD!!
Asha’s new studio album “Thunderheart” is now available here on CD and as a download! Over 73 minutes long, there are 13 new tracks; 10 original compositions, plus the traditional songs ‘Michael row the boat ashore’ & ‘In the bleak midwinter’, as well a cover version of ‘You’ll never walk alone.’ For the latter, and for ‘Michael row the boat ashore’ Asha has added additional lyrics. The overall feeling is joyful and uplifting, with powerful hand-drum driven spiritually-themed songs alternating with very delicate, devotional, mystical ballads.
27/07/16 ~ CD BARGAIN OFFER!!
“State of Grace,” “Sacred Songs,” & “Sun, Sorrow, Flowers, Moon” are currently available for £12 all together; £9 for any two, or £5 for any one. Offer until September 30th!
27/07/16 ~ ASHA/ASHER... NAME CLARIFICATION!!!
Asher Quinn was also known as ‘Asha’ earlier in his music career, and has now returned to that name on albums and YouTubes! So the artist formerly known as Asher Quinn, who was formerly known as Asha, is now Asha again (use Prince for reference)!
27/07/16 ~ A FURTHER ALBUM IS ALREADY UNDER WAY ~ "CALVARY HILL"
Recording has already begun on a new album after “Thunderheart,” due for completion around November in all probability. This will be called “Calvary Hill,” and will feature several new compositions, plus at least 3 Hungarian folksongs sung in Hungarian!
Asha now has a home just outside Budapest where he lives half the time, alternating between there and London. Opposite his Budapest home is Calvary Hill, source of much inspiration! The feeling of the new compositions and traditional songs is more folk-oriented... intimate, spiritual, visionary and gentle.
27/07/16 ~ NEW YOU TUBES THIS YEAR
Here are some new You Tubes made this year to Asha songs, instrumental pieces or piano pieces. Locations include the UK, Concerts in the Netherlands, Assisi, Lake Bohinj in Slovenia and Budapest:
~ The lions and lambs that guard the Chain Bridge
~ Building a bridge to heaven
~ From Dohány utca to Rozsá utca in the rain
~ Free yourself
~ Climbing above the clouds
~ Mother of love
~ Dance of the innocents
~ Enlightenment at the eleventh hour
~ Icetrees in the Pilis Mountains
~ Do you love me still?
~ The complexity of my muse
~ Michael row the boat ashore
~ Sacramental song
~ Where are you?
~ The wonderdeer
~ Lift me up
~ O Great Spirit
~ I choose everything
~ You’ll never walk alone
~ Down in the willow garden
~ When we sleep
~ Your beautiful life
22/11/15 ~ New YouTubes
~ Soldier of love
~ Don’t think twice
~ Old man
~ The pleasure was all mine
~ Angels tending
~ When she believes
~ Canzone angelica
~ This love
~ I suffer your silence
~ Hang on to a dream
~ If you believed in love
~ The highwayman
21/11/15 ~ ASHER IN CONCERT IN THE NETHERLANDS, FEBRUARY 12th & 13th, 2016
3291 AA Strijen
(See directions and map here)
19.30pm European time
Tickets are £20.
I will be singing songs from my newest album “The Blessing & the Bliss,” plus even newer songs that I’m now writing, and of course some old favourites! Spiritual Balance is a health & healing shop in Strijen (and it will be open on the concert evenings… great gifts there!!) Strijen is a village near Dordrecht, not so far from Rotterdam, and Spiritual Balance has a large meditation room where I’ll sing. The room holds 55 people. All my 23 CD’s will be for sale at special concert discount prices. Car is easy, and public transport is possible. Tickets can also be obtained in the Netherlands from Linda at Spiritual Balance here: firstname.lastname@example.org
18/09/15 ~ New album THE BLESSING & THE BLISS now available!!
A new album of mine The Blessing & the Bliss is now available! There are thirteen original tracks, and seventy minutes of music here. The songs are spiritually themed, and are the first set of new, original songs I’ve composed since February, 2013, reflecting an intense and vibrant spiritual journey during this time.
The project began in February 2015 at Kerani Music in the Netherlands, but was halted in late March, due to the Dutch production team withdrawing for various reasons. The cavalry arrived in the form of Tim Rock, and his studio in Norfolk, England, and I completed the songs there between June-August.
My youngest son Isaac, 17, stepped in to do the artwork.
18/09/15 ~ Asher Quinn poems on YouTube
After an ‘altered’ episode in March, spiritual poems began to occur to me. Nine have come so far. The first two of these Dive deep and The living waters have now been made into YouTubes, edited by Maggie Arrowsmith up in Scotland, from my scripts.
18/09/15 ~ Other recent YouTubes to tracks of mine published since May, filmed with Gloria Vahid and edited by Maggie (777loveisall on her own YouTube channel)
~ Kindling wood
~ Fiery moon
~ Metaphysics by moonlight
~ Song of the cross
~ The shepherd (Heal Your Heart)
~ Love’s philosophy
~ To my one true love (meadow edition)
~ Stand by me
~ Do what you gotta do
~ O my Jesus be sweet to me
~ Le partisan
~ First love
~ When a man loves a woman
~ Clouds like angels
~ Spiritual love
~ Old man (fireside edition)
18/09/15 ~ Concert YouTubes
I was planning to make a concert DVD from 2014 concerts in the Netherlands, but I opted for simply publishing them on YouTube instead, after Kerani Music withdrew from the project. Here they are, filmed by Gloria at my concerts, and edited by Maggie:
~ Falling through time
~ State of grace
~ Always on my mind
~ Tomorrow is a long time
~ The lightning seed
~ The river is flowing
~ Morning sun
~ Beyond Saturn
~ Sometimes I feel like a motherless child
18/09/15 ~ Kindness Button
I have a Kindness Button on this home page (top right), and several people who resonate with my songs and films have been kind enough to offer contributions, to help me to continue to share the fruits of my inspiration! As a business, my enterprise manages to break even… when my accountant sees the positives!
I compose and envision, and then there are several costs involved… recording, artwork, CD pressing, website maintenance and update, travel, promotion, insurances, licence fees and so on. I don’t have my own studio or recording equipment… I’m the visionary one, but not the technical one!!
I sell CD’s & downloads here on my site, and my titles are available through all the usual suspects… Amazon, I-tunes, Spotify, CDBaby, Soundcloud, Bandcamp and so on, plus they are distributed by New World Music & MGMusic in the UK, Oreade in the Netherlands, Silenzio in German-speaking countries and Niche Records in Romania. All these great companies need to take their cut, of course!
And I give concerts where I’m invited. I have no manager or agent… I’ve never found one who understands what I do exactly, by creating and sharing spiritual music! Since 1987, I have made 23 studio albums and sold over a million CD’s, world-wide, and I’ve sung in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Denmark & Finland. I’ve filmed in the England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Slovenia, Turkey, the Netherlands, Germany and Hungary.
I started out signed to New World Music, and received a small, guaranteed royalty for sales, in common with many artists. In 2007 I went independent. With the global decline in the CD market and the rise of streaming, life has got harder in the business sense for all independent artists, and income has dwindled even though ‘plays’ have risen enormously. So some people have been wise enough to see this, and kind enough to offer support by making contributions.
My gathering feeling is to soon make my art available for free… after all, it is given by God… and I am taking steps to implement this. Already my YouTubes offer freely available access to my songs and films, and people can listen all day for free, if they wish, on Spotify and Soundcloud. So if anyone feels inspired to support this enterprise and help with the costs, your generosity would be much appreciated.
The world is changing… spiritual forces are emerging. The integrity of what I do is simple and spiritual… it is not really a business or an industry, it is intuitive art; spiritual communication. It doesn’t feel quite right to me, somehow, to make commerce out of this art. But the logic of the economic world means I have to step very carefully… if I make everything freely available without careful planning, I am also liable to pay more tax! So these changes are in evolutionary process!
24/04/15 ~ Whoaaaaaaa!
Unfortunately, three projects I’ve been working on at Kerani Music in the Netherlands have had to be shelved, because the producer there has fallen ill with stress-related symptoms. He needs time to recover, and we’ve mutually agreed to part company.
I was working on a new album (with a former working title of “Raw & Reflective”) called “The Blessing and the Bliss”. Nine songs out of thirteen were almost complete. I’m not clear yet how to rescue this project, but if I do, details will emerge here and in any newsletters. We were also working on a concert DVD, and this, too, needs to be rescued, if poss… but I’m not sure how, quite, at the moment. It’s all a delicate eco-balance with time, finance and availability… I have no problem with inspiration, flow and energy!!!
My music income has been hit by this turn of events, meaning I don’t know how to finance any rescue package just now, let alone find a studio to complete them that has compatible software. Also, three concerts set up for June in Holland have had to be cancelled.
I have a KINDNESS BUTTON on this home page (top right!!!) If you could see your way clear to providing about £2500 I’d be most grateful! I’m still making YouTubes to older songs, however, and am now writing spiritually-themed poetry, which I post on Facebook! Please bear with me, music-lovers!!
Here are the recent YouTubes that have been uploaded, including some new songs sung only in concert:
~ The shepherd (concert)
~ Islands (plus the Shipping Forecast)
~ Crumbling walls (concert) *NEW SONG
~ Half past ten (concert)
~ Bird on the wire (concert)
~ Stella Maris (concert)
~ The gypsy Madonna
~ My redeemer
~ Concert sound check (The Hallelujah song)
~ When a man loves a woman (concert)
~ One more cup of coffee (concert)
~ The pleasure was all mine (concert) *NEW SONG
~ I suffer your silence (concert) *NEW SONG
~ Shenandoah (concert)
~ Little wolf
~ Shepherdess’s lament
~ This little bird (snow edition)
~ This little bird (timber edition)
~ Kindling wood (camp fire edition)
~ Bow down (lake edition)
03/02/15 ~ New studio album in production from March 6th. Working title: RAW AND REFLECTIVE
During March-May I’ll be recording a studio album full of new compositions, at Kerani Music, in the Netherlands. Eight songs are now ready, with the remaining compositions being completed this month. It should be available in May or June, and I’m deeply in love with these new songs! Here are the current ready titles
~ The lightning seed
~ Spiritual love
~ Clouds like angels
~ I suffer your silence
~ Crumbling walls
~ The pleasure was all mine
~ We weep for your son
~ Do you love me still?
03/02/15 ~ Concert DVD now in production! ASHER QUINN IN CONCERT
I’m working at Kerani Music in the Netherlands to produce a DVD of 16 tracks, from a concert I gave in Limburg in May, 2014. It’ll be just the DVD… no CD!
Arno, my producer, and I are working on eight tracks, and Maggie up in Scotland (who edits my YouTubes) is working on the other eight with us. We’re interspersing close-up and mid range concert footages, with some beautiful images from my YouTubes and nature libraries. They look lovely, and it’ll be just like having a bespoke concert in your front room!
03/02/15 ~ NEW YOUTUBES UPLOADED IN DECEMBER & JANUARY
01/12/14 ~ New album out now: HEART AND SOUL RHAPSODIES
"Listening to these pieces is deeply meditative... it's like watching a fire or gazing at the ocean; they're always changing & endlessly fascinating, and yet you are held in the magical spell of the musical element... in the captivating narrative."
~ L.J. London
01/12/14 ~ NEW YOUTUBES THIS AUTUMN
16/10/14 ~ FORTHCOMING CONCERTS; NETHERLANDS & LONDON!!
16/10/14 ~ NEW PIANO ALBUM IN PRODUCTION: PIANO RHAPSODIES!
I intend to be completing the production of a new improvised piano album, at the end of October, in the Netherlands.
If all goes well, it should be available in December or January.
It has already been recorded... several spontaneous pieces with a passionate Hungarian flavour! I don't have a title yet, but my working title is Piano Rhapsodies.
It's my first entirely instrumental creation since 1993!
16/10/14 ~ CONCERT CD/DVD
This CD/DVD of my 2014 May concert in the Netherlands will now appear in the new year, after my piano album comes out. Probably early spring.
16/10/14 ~ NEW STUDIO ALBUM OF ORIGINAL SONGS IN COMPOSITION STAGE: BEING OF LIGHT
I have written 6 out of maybe 12 songs for a new studio album of spiritual love songs, the working title of which is Being of Light.
Production is planned for the spring of 2015. It will be my first studio album of new songs since State of Grace in 2013.
16/10/14 ~ NEW YOUTUBES IN AUGUST & SEPTEMBER
~ Please, please, please let me get what I want
~ Unchained melody
~ I heard the voice of Jesus say (East of East)
~ Flying away
~ I heard the voice of Jesus (Heal Your Heart)
~ Always on my mind
~ Wayfaring stranger
~ Bird on the wire
~ Bird on the wire (one-take)
~ The first time ever I saw your face
~ Gayan & Love call
~ You are loved
~ Can't help falling in love
02/08/14 ~ New album news - SUN, SORROW, FLOWERS, MOON
I have now completed recording my new album of cover versions at Kerani Music, in the Netherlands and it will be mixed and mastered in early September, ready for pressing. I'm hoping it will be available to hear and buy in October.
Arno op Den Camp produces, and does alchemical computer wizardry to bring it all together, digitally, and Erika Kele (Kerani) sings incredibly moving, ethereal backing vocals. I play the instruments, mainly keyboards (& the occasional mouth organs), and intuit the arrangements, and Arno & I share the percussion. Arno & Erika chip in regularly with invaluable extra arrangement suggestions, and Ollie the Chihuaha does high-pitch baying to the moon when he hears the high piano notes! The church bells just outside the studio seem to peal in harmony with the songs!
These are the tracks:
~ Scarborough fair (Traditional)
~ Stir it up (Bob Marley)
~ When a man loves a woman (Percy Sledge)
~ Calm after the storm (The Common Linnets... this year's Eurovision runner-up!!)
~ Ballad of the crystal man (Donovan)
~ Bird on the wire (Leonard Cohen)
~ Poor little fool (Rick Nelson)
~ Don't think twice (Bob Dylan)
~ Llorando se fue (Kaoma... Andean folk-song that became the Lambada!)
~ Le facteur (Georges Moustaki)
~ Tupelo honey (Van Morrison)
~ Fields of gold (Sting)
~ Natalia (Georges Moustaki)
~ Kilkelly Ireland (Peter Jones)
~ Colours (Donovan)
~ Can't help falling in love (Elvis Presley)
~ All the tired horses (Bob Dylan)
~ Tavaszi szel (Traditional Hungarian)
02/08/14 ~ Concert CD/DVD news!
This will definitely go ahead, and be available to see, hear and buy around Christmas-time, I hope! There is some great footage from my recent May concert in a magical setting in Beek, Netherlands, and we shall compile it with some other film goodies to make a lovely CD/DVD.
Here are the likely songs to be featured:
~ Always on my mind (Cover version)
~ Blessings on your soul
~ Dona Dona Dona (Traditional)
~ Each holy child (Cover version)
~ Falling through time
~ A friend like you
~ The lightning seed (New composition!!)
~ Love will always heal your heart
~ Morning sun (Traditional)
~ Sometimes I feel like a motherless child (Traditional)
~ O great spirit
~ The river is flowing (Traditional)
~ Beyond Saturn
~ State of grace
~ Tomorrow is a long time (Cover version)
02/08/14 ~ Other new album news (BEING OF LIGHT & WHITE TEMPLE)
In the autumn I plan to begin work on a new collection of my own spiritual compositions, which has a working title of Being of Light. Songs composed so far are: The Lightning Seed, Spiritual Love, Finding God with You and 'Be'. There will probably be 12 songs in all.
I always have it in mind to compose another piano album, and this will definitely happen... but I can't quite say when, yet! It's to do with time and money! My working title for it is White Temple!
02/08/14 ~ New You Tubes
Here are the You Tubes that have gone up since late April when I last posted about them:
~ Golden brown
~ A solitary bird
~ Tomorrow is a long time
~ Piano moon
~ Copper kettle
~ Dona Dona Dona
~ Open secret
~ God's perfect circle
~ Bird of paradise
~ Sacred heart
~ The mystic garden (acoustic version)
~ Angel's lullaby
~ Sagt mir wo die Blumen sind
26/05/14 ~ New albums!!
Sometime quite soon I intend to start work on two new albums!
The first will be Songs of Love and Chains volume 3... probably 17 or 18 songs I cover by other artists, re-interpreting them spiritually in delivery and ambience. I did this with a double album in 2008, Songs of Love and Chains volumes 1 & 2, and people really seemed to resonate with it. I made it sound like I sang in a cathedral! Now I'd like to add another collection. These are songs I cherished and loved growing up, and which touched my heart... 'Scarborough fair', Dylan's 'Don't think twice', Leonard Cohen's 'Bird on the wire', 'What a wonderful world', Donovan's 'Colours', Sting's 'Fields of gold', 'In the bleak mid-winter', Bob Marley's 'Stir it up', Georges Moustaki's 'Natalia' and many more. I'd hope it might be finished mid-autumn.
Then, probably in 2015, I have a new set of higher love songs I'm writing which I'd like to record. I have already written 'The lightning seed', 'Spiritual love', and 'Finding God with you'. The first two I recently sang live in concert in Holland.
I know I keep saying I would like to record a piano album, called White Temple... and I do really want to do this! I just need to find enough hours in the day and enough funding to keep composing, recording, making YouTubes and giving concerts! I also have in mind an album of channeled spiritual communion, but I'm eager to go with the first two, for now!
26/05/14 ~ New gallery!!
There's a new gallery of mostly recent concert photos just added under 'Galleries' !
27/04/14 ~ THREE CONCERTS COMING UP IN MAY, IN THE NETHERLANDS!
Asher will sing in Hellevoetsluis, near Rotterdam on May 16th; Strijen, near Dordrecht on May 17th and Beek, near Maastricht, on May 18th. Strijen is nearly sold out and Beek is filling up fast, so buy your tickets in advance if you'd like to come, in case it's full on the night! Hellevoetsluis is at the Ri-Jo dance centre… plenty of room there, but the other two are smaller venues. CD's will be for sale at GREAT concert bargain prices!! Kerani will play a 30-minute set from her new instrumental masterpiece, and Asher will sing songs old, new and newer! Further details & tickets here.
27/04/14 ~ New You Tubes!!
These new You Tubes have been uploaded since February.
Heal Your Heart ~ Heal your heart, I love you & The river is flowing.
Comedy ~ Ron & Mimi's Cosmic Love Soup (where Asher plays self-styled guru Ron Nimini!)
Concerts ~ Jah no dead, Song of my inner Jesus & Kyrie
Album tracks ~Black sheep boy, Song of eternity, Only you & Hiawatha.
27/04/14 ~ Two new albums by Myristica!
A very popular guest artist on this site, Myristica has released two wonderful new instrumental albums, the enchanting compilation album Butterflies and Lullabies, and the reflectively wistful Waiting for Yesterday. Samples, CD's and downloads available here.
02/02/14 ~ Heal Your Heart - (High Planes Music volume 2) now available!!
26/01/14 ~ 3 concerts in the Netherlands
Asher will sing in Hellevoetsluis, Strijen & Beek, Netherlands in May, 2014. Further details and tickets here.
26/01/14 ~ New recent YouTube uploads
Videos for 'One more hour' and 'Sometimes I feel like a motherless child' from Asher's new album Heal Your Heart have recently been uploaded. Also, a new comedy film in Asher's Ron & Mimi series, Ron & Mimi's Cosmic Love Soup, promotes 'Amazing grace' from the same album.
26/10/13 ~ December concert in London
I'm giving a small, festive concert in London at 8.00pm on friday December 6th, at Violet Hill Studios, a quiet healing centre in St. John's Wood. The lovely meditation room holds about 40 people, and makes for a most intimate atmosphere. I'll be singing a few of my versions of Christmas carols like 'Silent night' and 'In the bleak mid-winter', plus tracks from my new album State of Grace, and other songs of mine that people like! I'll be joined by my friend Mei-Ling Grey (aka Myristica) who will play three of her own delightful and wistful instrumental tracks, and Mei-Ling and I will also play and sing a couple of our collaborations. Healthy nibbles and drinks are included in the price of £20, and our CD's will be for sale at Christmas bargain prices!! Full details here.
26/10/13 ~ Special seasonal CD offer!!
My new album State of Grace is currently available in my web-shop with This love, (a compilation of some of my early songs), for only £9.95 plus p&p... two albums for just £9.95!! This offer is open until December 20th, with seasonal gifts specifically in mind! See here. Bear in mind that... separate to this special one-off deal... I offer a 'buy two or three albums and receive a free gift CD of your choice', as well... ALL THE TIME!! This year-round deal works out at close to eBay prices!
26/10/13 ~ New YouTubes
Recently uploaded videos are the epic 'Love will always heal your heart' and 'Greensleeves' Soon to come will be 'Morning sun', 'Evangelina', 'Rashani', Water lillies' and 'Days of honey' plus several 'live-in-concert ones' from my three October concerts in Holland.
26/10/13 ~ Songs of Love and Chains volume three & other projects
I've added a fourth musical project to the three that I'm currently working on... a Songs of Love and Chains volume three. This is where I re-interpret great songs by other artists. I'm planning on recording 'Scarborough fair', 'When he returns' & 'Don't think twice' by Bob Dylan, 'Tupelo honey' & 'The healing game' by Van Morrison, 'Natalia' & 'Le Facteur' by Georges Moustaki, 'When a man loves a woman' by Percy Sledge. 'Fields of gold' by Sting and several others! The other three projects I'm working on are a High Planes Music volume two where I am re-interpreting some of my own songs from 2004-2013, more acoustically; White Temple... an album for piano and violin, and Cosmic Midnight... a channeled communion with song, spoken word and instrumental vignettes. I'm hoping to complete all of these projects within the next 12 months.
26/10/13 ~ Lyrics book
The albums Sacred Songs and State of Grace have now been added to the charming flipping page lyrics book on my site (see here), bringing it up to date! The book is in itself a work of art created by Emoke Labancz, who designs all my artwork, and I'm exploring whether we might actually be able to make it available soon, as a dedicated paperback book, at a good price available on my site. The words to all the songs I have ever written are in it, along with some beautifully poetic images, that make it a desirable item in its own right! If we are able to do this, affordably, I would sell each one personally signed. It has the spiritual presence of a meditative book of sacred poetry.
26/10/13 ~ New photo gallery
Photos from my recent concerts have now been added to the gallery page here.
30/07/13 ~ New YouTubes recently uploaded
From Asher's new album State of Grace
~ Holy sparks
~ State of Grace (acoustic)
Asher in concert
~ One more hour (the Hallelujah song)
~ The river is flowing
~ My redeemer
~ Concert in the corridor
14/06/13 ~ October concerts in the Netherlands
Asher will be singing in Beek, near Maastricht, by the German & Belgian border on friday, October 18th, and in Strijen, near Dordrecht on saturday, October 19th and sunday, 20th. Full details here
14/06/13 ~ State of Grace now available
27/05/13 ~ New album by guest artist Myristica, called Little Oak.
Myristica's enchanting new instrumental album, Little Oak, is now available on this site here
27/05/13 ~ Concerts in Holland in October
Asher will be giving at least two concerts in Holland in October. Details to be announced in a while.
14/04/13 ~ Asher interviewed by Sadiq Alam for Mystic Saint.
Sadiq Alam conducts an in-depth interview with Asher about his origins, roots, mysticism and call to Spirit, and how it affects his music. Read about Asher's early life, visions, encounters with witches, spiritual practices, teachers and inspirations. See here
14/03/13 ~ Asher's song 'We are one' used in global peace initiative
Iranian/German artist Saeeid Dastmalchian
has started a global peace initiative called YOUR FACE FOR PEACE, and
used the track 'We are one' from Asher's album 'O Great Spirit' as
anthem. YouTube video ~ here. Saeeid's first
objective is to present 10,000 faces and names to world governments,
calling for peace between nations. Here's the website, where you can
find out how to put your own face for peace up ~
13/03/13 ~ Review for 'Sacred Songs'
SACRED SONGS by ASHER QUINN (2012)
A 5-star review!!
Asher Quinn's recently released CD, 'Sacred Songs' is truly a monumental work! It's his twenty-sixth album, and, believe me, every new album is even better than the last. Actually, it is inconceivable that this man has remained so relatively unknown all these years, as he has progressed from being, originally, the creator of beautiful, innovative instrumental new-age music (recording then as 'Asha') to a composer and performer today of great, mystical love-songs. Perhaps he is best described as a spiritual singer/songwriter, and the pioneer of a genre… the spiritual love song.
'Sacred Songs', says Asher, was channeled, literally, between March and July last year. Beautiful arrangements, excellent musician-ship and a disarmingly pure voice open the gates to the heart each time one hears the very first notes of the fourteen songs. And people who love poetry also have much to enjoy and marvel at, listening to his profound lyrics and metaphors (reminiscent of William Blake and the romantic poets) in gorgeous love-songs like 'Beyond Saturn' and 'I wish', and the spiritually themed ballads 'You are loved' and 'Evangelina'. There is so much spiritual wisdom here, as well as startling beauty. There is the folky, pagan 'Green man', and the heart-achingly beautiful 'Passion play', but particularly special is the final song One More Hour; (the Hallelujah Song). The original melody Canon in D (Pachelbel) later contains Asher's own lyrics and I can tell you, it's tender, passionate, heart-opening and enriching… incredibly moving.
Characteristic of Asher Quinn's music is that the songs are so deep and diverse. If you listen to them frequently, every song actually seems to gather in strength, depth and intensity… as if they continue to grow and develop in your soul! A monument, indeed, with perhaps one small point of criticism: just over seventy minutes seems so very short with these kind of songs!! A double CD of this material would have been ideal!!
Marc de Klein
Reviewer of Consciousness Magazine (Bewustzijn), The Netherlands.
14/02/13 ~ Interview
Earlier this month Asher conducted an interview with Ananda Trojan at the Rainbow Spirit Magazine in Germany, in anticipation of his concert at the Festival in Karlsruhe on May 20th. Ananda asks him about his spirituality and the message in his music. See here.
16/01/13 ~ Asher Quinn as a psychotherapist
Asher is also a qualified psychotherapist, and has had a practice for 25 years... the same length of time that he's been producing albums! As Skype is now available world-wide, you may be interested to know more about the style of therapy, counselling and spiritual life-coaching he offers. For more information on Asher as a psychotherapist, see here
30/12/12 ~ Downloads
17 of my 18 catalogue albums are now available for download on this website here. The only album not currently available is Asher Quinn 'live' at Violet Hill.
10/11/12 ~ Guest artists on this site
Myristica (aka Mei-Ling Grey) is now featured on this site here. Her 2 albums, Sea of Dreams and To the Moon and Stars, are available for download on her page, and the CD of To the Moon and Stars will follow shortly. Another guest artist Kerani (aka Erika Kele) will have her album 'The Journey' featured in the new year on a page here, and this, too, will be available for download and CD.