Ashford Sanders, a gifted singer, songwriter and musician, is taking his ministry to the nations with the debut of his new album – Eye of The Storm. Filled with a unique blend of contemporary and traditionally inspired worship songs, Ashford’s desire is that the album serves as an anthem of hope for all who encounters the project.
“There is something hopeful about the name of Jesus and His love for you. That’s what I want people to hear and feel every time they listen to Eye of The Storm, because that’s what I felt when I wrote the songs and that’s what I feel when I minister them.”
Eye of The Storm was birthed out of Ashford’s obedience to God’s voice. Growing up in Canton, MS he first fell in love with music and singing while performing Michael Jackson’s Heal the World for his kindergarten graduation. From that moment forth he knew music would play an important role in shaping him as an individual. In 1993 Ashford was only 6 years old, but was greatly inspired by his hometown favorite The Canton Spirituals: Live In Memphis recording.
“Ever since then I’ve just loved Gospel music,” Ashford recalls. “I can’t feel any other music the way I feel Gospel. I tried singing R&B and Blues, but it never moved me the way Gospel does.”
Ashford began to craft his skills and share his God given talent by ministering at various events. His talents even made room for him to sing with the legendary Canton Spirituals. However, there was more required of Ashford than just singing. There were lyrics within him that had to be brought forth. Ashford began to write, but it was not yet his time to record an album.
While he continued to write,While he continued to write, God put Doug Williams of the The Williams Brothers in his path, and that led to a collaboration with Blackberry artist and producer Stan Jones on the song What God Has Joined Together from Blackberry’s Stellar Award nominated Wedding Songs album. Ashford was lead vocalist on Blessed Assurance on Blackberry Records Presents Songs Momma Use To Sing—Volume 1.
In 2008 at the age 22 years old, Ashford’s time had finally arrived. July of that year Ashford released singles Eye of the Storm and I Believe from his debut album Eye of The Storm. “Eye of the Storm was destined to happen,” says Ashford. “This is my destiny to take the hope and proof of Jesus Christ to the nations.”
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