“Fresh start”

fresh start

One of my favorite movies that I literally belly laugh watching is “The Other Guys”. I love this scene “fresh start”, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=saNe3Lb7qcA

If you could fresh start one new thing today what would it be? If it were me I’d be fresh starting the cobbler I ate, meaning I’d go back and not eat the cobbler! Ha Ha.

Today I “fresh start” the release of “Sweet On You”. Literally we have taken the old and created a new fresh start for this song with the same sexy direction, but a new key, and a live four piece ensemble.

Here are some song reviews:

“This is my Sunday Jam. I’ll play this with a little coffee and it’s so chill”

“I love this song on my travel playlist. Whenever it comes on I’m like ohhh yesss!”

“Has anyone ever told you this is like “baby makin’ music”?”

That last review has to be one of my favorites…because heaven knows we all need a little more baby making’ music in the world.

So cheers to fresh starts, here is the link to download the song: http://ashtonzyer1.bandcamp.com/track/sweet-on-you

I’ve left the price of the track open for you to decide what it’s worth. Thank you in advance for caring about what I do, and for appreciating the sacrifice and time it takes to make songs come to life so we can all enjoy them.

Before you go, I have one ask, will you just copy the link and share it on your facebook, insta, or twitter pages? It will only take a second, and it will help me reach people I would never be able to with out you.

Good night my friends, I think there is a little cobbler left so I’m gonna drown myself in deliciousness and then fresh start again after that!!! HA HA



IMG_9857-1After waiting over 7 years to re-record these two songs, I was so stoked to get into the studio to track a live recording of “Sweet On You”, and “Takin’ Over Me”.  These two songs I had worked on awhile back originally for another artist.  After the artist decided a different path other than music the songs sat on the shelf.  I had always hoped to re-do the songs in my key and release them.

It’s not every day that you get to record everyone in the same space, playing live. With technology where it is today, much of what we hear is usually pieced out and sent around the world where musicians add their talent to the song in the luxury of a home studio, which allows for everything to be tweaked and perfected on their own time.  When you play and record live, you don’t have that luxury, unless you want to waste tons of money in studio time, so getting the right players in place is key.  For this recording I had an amazing crew of musicians.  Paul Tavenner @Big City Recordings (Engineer), Ron Monaog (drums), Ron Suffredini (Upright bass), Steve Gregory (Guitar), and Matt Rohdes (Piano) brought their “A” game, and we were in and out under 4 hours (including set up, tear down).  Their jobs were not easy.  I had asked them to duplicate the production of the first recording just in different keys.  Some of the notes were changed here and there, but for the most part we matched the vibe and general production of the original producer Ajay Shah, after Ajay gave us the approval to do so.

I usually would play something on everything that is tracked for me.  However in this case I wanted to have Matt play piano because he’s absolutely stunning and way better at his craft than I am.  As an artist I have learned that I can’t be good at everything, and to step aside if someone trumps you, Matt just does.  I was so happy at how much better the piano arrangement was especially on “Takin’ Over Me”.

The songs are currently being mixed by James @ Lyric Canvas Studio in Nashville. I’m looking forward to getting the final copies and letting you hear them.  In the meantime, I shot a little piece about Sweet on you with Eugene and Heather Brown, which I’ll release before you hear the song.

Lots happening this year, so stand by!

Much love,


The Rabbit Hole

The rabbit hole with its nonsensical twists and turns feels like the last four years of my life after suddenly becoming sick with CIRS from toxic mold.  What have I accomplished since then in my music life feels like absolutely nothing, and its complicated to explain how and why, but just know it couldn’t be helped!

Two months ago I felt the deepest part of me scream “NO MORE…WAKE UP, BODY WAKE UP!” I thought the violent yelling in my head would call me back to the surface of my own life, but it didn’t totally, however it did spark something that I hope in time will help me energetically out of where I am mentally, while I deal with the physical issues regarding the mold. It sparked the movement of the remake of two songs, “Takin’ Over Me”, and “Sweet On You”. I tried to release one of these songs several years back after the artist decided a path other than a solo career, but ended up pulling it from online after the short release. I pulled it because when I was honest with myself, and when I listened to the tracks it felt like I was singing karaoke. In a way I actually was. The original tracks had been lost by the producer when his hard drive unfortunately fried, and so all I had to record to was mastered and mixed mp3’s specifically made for the other artist. When you go to mix a song, the instruments are often mixed to fit the tone of the artist that is singing them, to hug them like a glove. I just felt it lacked the magic it needed with my voice on it since it wasn’t made to match my vocal, so I took the track away, with the hope that one day I would get into the studio to redo them.

Well that day has finally arrived and the producer Ajay Shah has agreed to allow me to recreate his production, so the songs should be pretty close to the original, only different in key, mix….and some piano variations here and there. The plan is to track in L.A., and then to mix and do vocals with James Waddell @ Lyricanvis Studios in Nashville. I’m looking forward to the new release of these songs. I plan on letting you hear the first old but good mid January, with the other to follow a few months later.

I’ll keep you posted as things come together. Until then, if you are reading today and you too are stuck down the rabbit hole, don’t worry, I hear there’s chocolate and puppies when we find your way out.







Hi everyone…well we are almost two weeks out from the show and I haven’t even announced the official line up of the show “Rock the Glam”!  Last year we had these awesome guys starting from left to right, Bob Sach on bass, Dan Aakhus on keyboards, Johnny J. Rivera on guitars, Matt Vocalist extraordinaire, Mike Meecham on Drums, and Joey Singer on Piano, in addition to Carlos Perez (not photographed) on percussion, and Tom Ehlen on Trumpet.

Last years crew

Last years crew

This years line up will be a mix of last years crew and some new invitee’s.  Unfortunately Joey, Mike, and Matt will not be joining us.  Joey is now the new musical director for Mama Mia, “YAY”, who is not allowed to sub out for the gig, Dan will be sitting in for an orchestra where he could not sub out as well, and though we loved Matt our budget required us to find a local vocal talent this year so we couldn’t have him back.  Which leads me to our new line up…drumm roll please….

Benjamin Hale

1922309_10153814457835282_552521282_nI love this guy…this picture says it all.  Ben and I probably met about eight years ago, but this is our first musical colab since then.  He has been busy playing the roll of Johnny Cash in the show “Million Dollar Quartet” which spotlights the last studio session Jerry Lewis, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and Carl Perkins were in the studio together.  Great show if you have a chance to go and see it.  So although he can sing very looooow, you will have to come and see what I am making him do at the show…it will amaze!  He will also be filling in here and there are guitars when needed which is awesome to have the option with another vocalist.


Emilio Rivera 


Emilio is our latest recruit and fresh out of school, which is a blast to see new talent emerge on the scene, and yes you guessed it folks, this is Johnny J. Rivera’s son.  I can’t wait until rehearsal when we get to see what he can do.  If your father didn’t just have vocal surgery you would probably be in for some good harassment Emilio…we will go easy on you! =)  So cool to have you aboard.







Jess Gopen

10157164_630964066986826_4535485186582759551_nAfter we lost Mike we were referred to Jess Gopen.  He’s definitely got this rocker edge I love about him, which will work perfectly for some of the tunes we have planned for the set list.  He is the drummer for Clint Holmes who has a monthly show at the Smith Center as well.


Dan Ellis

1959471_10151906345771338_1607611259_n The first time I saw Dan play was when I was seeing the Scintas show down at the D Theater.  I was then referred to him after my piano guy got called out to play for Terry Fator…the nerve! =)  Dan was so generous to come on board since his schedule is crazy, and since he still had a show that night.  He wanted to do something for the Shade Tree which makes it even cooler to have him.

I have quite a few other surprises planned for the show, but you will have to come to see what I’m talking about.  Tickets are available at http://www.thesmithcenter.com and the show is July 12th @ 7:30 pm.  If you are traveling from out of town and are wondering where to stay, The Smith Center is closer to Fremont street (the old Vegas) so you can stay down there or on the north end of the strip where the Wynn is.

If you check back in after the 4th maybe I’ll post some footage from rehearsal.  Until then here’s a good pic from last years show with Dan Aakhus, Johnny J., and Carlos.










Much love friends,


Last weekend I received some sad but happy news as I learned of the passing of my friend Holly’s grandmother Mary Roberts.  I of course was sad for her passing, but happy that she no longer had to deal with health issues….she lived a long full life.  I met Mary for the first time a couple of years ago while we were shooting a sizzle reel for a TV show.  Holly told me about how her grandmother loved music and had been writing and playing her whole life, but that she really didn’t have a chance to do much with her music.  On one occasion while she was in Las Vegas she met Frank Sinatra in which she thought this song “Why Did You Say Good-bye?” would have been a great fit for him, but after being passed to his assistant she never pursued it any further.  Sitting next to Mary while she played was like jumping back into the 1920’s and 30’s.  It was magical…I could hear exactly how I would produce her piece.  She sat and taught me the melody and we had a good  laugh while she kept playing song after song for me.  I was in love with my life that day.  Watching her play I was amazed at how easy her old hands swept across the keyboard as if it was nothing…I couldn’t even imagine playing music like she did.

Mary 1 Here is a picture of Mary in her prime…I love the hair and clothes from this era.  I would have loved to live during this time except for the whole women had zero rights, and racism was still very big.  I probably would have gone to jail…Thankfully I was born in a time where I could waste my energy on something more productive like Mary.  Mary shared with me that it was her dream to have people hear her music, and to hear it produced as most of her songs were recorded to a hand-held recorder as piano and vocal.  Fast forward a year later and I was doing a special jazz concert for the Rape Crises Center in Las Vegas at the Smith Center, produced by Bart Doerfler.  I told Bart I really thought it would be cool to do this song for Mary.  I had heard that her health was declining, and I thought if we could just make one of her dreams come true that would be the highlight of the show for me.  One person that really helped make this come to life was Joey Singer.  Joey is the most talented piano player and arranger I have worked with thus far.  All I had was a little mp3 of her playing this song, which I had sent to another player who said it would take him quite a bit of time and money to figure out what she was playing.  Joey thankfully was able to figure out charts and what to play in no time…a true pro.  I will always be grateful to him and all the other band members Bob, Dan, Johnny, Tom, Carlos, and Mike for putting this together with very little rehearsal time.

So goodbye sweet Mary, you have opened my heart a little wider…and I will always remember this moment where your song came to life….(oh and the package you sent with all the cartoon drawings you spent hours doing on the outside.  I’m sure you gave the mail man a thrill as well as myself.)

So my friends…”Why Did You Say Good-bye”, written by Mary Roberts….hope you enjoy!  If you feel inspired to share this story with anyone else please do…maybe more people than Mary ever realized will get to be part of her dream by your sharing.


“Why Did You Say Good-bye” lyrics

Why did you say good-bye?

I often wonder why…

What did I say, is there a way?

Have you an alibi?

Was there a someone new?

Someone who stepped right through…

My one romance, is there a chance, to prove my love to you?

I keep saying to myself, you shouldn’t feel bad

Love is just like a game.

Although I’m praying and pretending I am glad,

My heart aches just the same

Why did you say good-bye
I often wonder why…I love you so

Want you to know…why did you say good-bye?

Back in the studio….

I’ve spent the last few days in the studio working on a couple of pieces for a project that was started a looooong time ago.  We are not at the button room (Ajay’s) studio this time, but are spending time working with Sean Williams who has a nice little studio he is starting to build in Las Vegas, which allows him some time to learn some master Ninja mixing skills from Ajay and for me to continue learning and doing what I do.  This time I was in charge of all the vocal edits, so that was fun working with Sean on that, and coming up with the best vocal we could get.  Today I will be in the studio doing some background vocals, and then hopefully we will finish up the mixes.  Here are a couple of pics from the last couple of sessions….















Hopefully we will be able to wrap this up by Thursday and then on to the next!  =)


I have to apologize to all of you out there that I haven’t kept up on my blog as of late.  Not that I haven’t thought about it a ton, I have just been tired of writing as I have been working on a book project, and opening my computer to blog is like coming home after a long day of answering phones to a phone ringing off the hook.  I kinda needed a break.

I’m not going to re-cap too much about what has been, just looking forward to what will be.  Today I wrote some lyrics for Dave Rosa who gave me a songwriting assignment without music, and only a map of syllables and lines that would have to rhyme…it was hilarious..I have nooo idea how the song sounded, but he did say when he played it on his end a lot of it fit into the music he had crafted. Why I think this is an interesting exercise is that I had to imagine what I thought his music would sound like and then pick lyrics I imagined he might use, it was a good stretch for me and taught me a new way to extract concepts, lines, and ideas for other projects, as so much of the song on my end sounded disjointed.  What could have been awesome is if he imagined something I would musically write and we had this really weird marriage of music and lyrics.  When all was said and done the song I wrote for him, I called it Silent Coma…knowing Dave this title says it all.

I’m attaching a rehearsal video that Dan Aakhus recorded from our last benefit concert for the Rape Crises Center.  What a great time with everyone involved…this was our first run through of the song, and as you can see we are a little rusty, but whatev…..it worked out perfectly the next day, and that’s why we rehearse!  I’m looking forward to more shows with these incredible players!

Also after the loss of all those beautiful children in Connecticut a tribute video was made with the song Eden’s Angel released last year as a fundraising tool for children with special needs.  It’s a beautiful way to remember them in a positive way, after such tragedy…and I’m glad the song is being used for something that can help people heal from loss.

I’m so thankful that you still read the blog.  Thanks for stopping in and for sharing with others.  I dig you for that.  More to come…so be cool!

Much love,


Edens Angel Promo

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