By Heather Mead
Ashley Sarver is silent no more.
iTunes will release the freshman’s CD, “No More Silence,” between Thanksgiving and Christmas of this year.
The CD’s title is meant to be a challenge to the audience to stand up for what they believe in
Sarver, a political science and journalism major, used her love of Indie music to inspire the songs on her CD.
“I love the Beatles, Mumford and Sons and the Vespers,” she said. “Indie music is what I inspire to be [involved with].”
Most of Sarver’s songs are about God; however, one of her favorite songs focuses on respecting American troops.
“‘And the World’ is about history. [It’s] a historical folk song, [which] goes through different wars Americans have been through.”
In another sing titled “Catch Me if You Can,” Sarver sings about enjoying the beautiful moments in life.
“[It’s a] laid back song [about] that epiphany moment where youfigure everything out,” she said.
“Catch Me if You Can” and “Take a Stand,” which was performed at this year’s Orpheus Variety Show, have played on WPKO Bellefontaine along with the station’s usual oldies and present-day hits.
The station originates in Columbus, OH, where Sarver gave an interview and performed live last spring. The radio show took place around the same time she finished recording.
“[Recording] took about a year and a half, six to eight hours recording each day.”
Sarver began recording in February 2009. The process took about a year and a half.
“After writing tons of songs, I picked out my favorites and told my parents I wanted to record,” Sarver said. “As a gift to me, they said they’d look and pay for someone to record me.”
That person was Rick Lee James, the family’s worship pastor at Springfield First Church of the Nazarene in Ohio.
Lee had some recording experience, however, he had never produced a CD.
He was also the one to first inspire Sarver to write music by his song performances, guitar lessons and CDs.
Sarver and her parents chose James because of the close relationship they have with him.
“We [also] knew he was educated and learned in the music industry,” Sarver said. “It was a good way to venture into the recording process.”
The CD took over a year to make, due to James’s day job and Sarver’s education.
“The CD-making process varies depending on the artist and the situation,” Sarver explained. “For an artist with notoriety, a CD could be finished in a week or in a year.”
On Wednesdays and during breaks from school, Sarver got up between 7 and 8 a.m. and went to the studio to discuss a song with James and record.
“He’d look at the songs and see if it needed to be changed to be more marketable,” she explained.
After revising, the recording began.
First, Sarver would play one instrument, like her guitar, all the way through the song. Then she would do the same for another instrument.
Next, she would sing, adding her own vocal harmony to certain songs. When this was finished, her role was done, and James’ became more intensive.
“[James would] clean it up, mix it and add professional quality,” Sarver said.
Sarver has always had a love of music, and she intends to continue pursuing that passion.
With the CD release in the fall, Sarver plans to release more singles to iTunes next spring. She might also release other CDs if God leads her in that direction.
“It all is what God wants me to do. Music will come when God wants music to come.”