Saturday, February 9, 2019

Interview with Daniel Ashmore of The Old Paths Quartet!

Hey y'all!  

Mercy here, and I am so excited to be sharing this interview with you all! The Old Paths are one of our family's favorite groups and we consider them all dear friends.  They are one of the best quartets out there, and we are so thrilled to bring you this interview with their bass singer, Daniel Ashmore. So, without further ado...

Mercy: Tell us a little bit about yourself?
Daniel and his wife, Katelyn
Daniel: I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, but grew up in Mississippi.  I come from a wonderful family and have an older brother named Raymond and sister named Amanda.  My brother and sister are incredibly talented and played a huge role in sparking my musical interests.  My family has been instrumental in loving and supporting me throughout my life, especially in my call to ministry.  I grew up going to the racetrack nearly every weekend and made many wonderful memories with family. I am married to Katelyn Ashmore.  We met each other at an Old Paths concert in Albemarle, NC in 2011, shortly after I joined the group. My wife and I are currently expecting our first child in April. We currently live in Buford, Georgia, with our dog Buddy, and cat, Callie.  I honestly know that without the wonderful support of my wife and my family throughout the years that I would not be where I am today. God has blessed me beyond measure.

Mercy: Can you share your salvation testimony?
Daniel: I grew up in church and was told about Jesus from the time of my birth.  My family made sure they taught me about the historical events of the Bible and about what Jesus did for me.  All things that were taught to me for many years were facts, and I believed them without a doubt. I was taught to pray and to have faith in God.  When I was 13 I realized that I had already believed in Christ for my salvation and needed to make a public profession of faith followed by baptism.  I felt that my profession of trusting Christ and believing that He is the Son of God needed to be made public. I wanted everyone to know that I am not ashamed to call Christ my savior.  I was baptized when I was 13 and have been following Christ ever since.

Mercy: What started your interest in singing gospel music as a career?
Daniel: My interest in singing gospel music began on a ride home from a football game with my family.  I remember sitting in the back of the car listening to a Randy Travis gospel album. My grandfather and dad were in the front seats listening while I began to sing along.  My grandad and dad encouraged me and told me that I sounded great singing. My grandparents listened to me when I felt like I sounded terrible. They always encouraged me no matter what.  Shortly after, my grandad purchased The Cathedrals Farewell Celebration DVD. I noticed that I was able to sing along with a few of the notes that George Younce could sing. I had always heard the great hymns while being raised in the church, but this was my first encounter with gospel music of this type.  I absolutely fell in love with the four-part harmony coupled with the amazing songs about our Savior. Then we had the “Commonwealth Quartet” come to our church and sing a concert. This was the first group I heard live after falling in love with gospel music. They sang “Oh What a Savior” and other incredible songs. These guys were so good and so encouraging to me.  The bass singer that was singing with them that night, Larry Mayfield, was one of the kindest and most encouraging people I’ve ever met. They graciously allowed me to get up and sing some songs with them after the concert even though I was so far from a good singer. They allowed me to sing “The Old Rugged Cross” with them and a few other songs. The harmony was so awesome that I struggled to sing along.  I just wanted to listen. This meant the world to me and it was that night that I remember saying, “this is what I want to do.” 

Mercy: What is your favorite song to sing and why?  
Daniel: That is such a difficult question to answer because I love so many songs! I have always been a quartet guy, so even if I don’t get to sing a lead on a song, I am okay with that.  One of my favorite songs is “Long Live the King”. I know I don’t sing lead on this song, but I also feel that it is one of the most powerful songs ever written. When Jesus was crucified, they mocked him by calling him king and smashed a crown of thorns onto his head.  The mocking and scourging of Christ was so ironic because while they mocked him, they spoke the truth and didn’t realize it. The king of kings hung on the cross for the very people who were crucifying Him. The same is true today. There are people all over the world still mocking Him and trampling on His blood, even though He still shows mercy to them.  All this mockery and cursing the Son of God will come to an end. All of creation will bow down and proclaim Christ as Lord whether they believe in Him now or not. To me this characterizes our Savior. Even to the point of death He cried out “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” This song exemplifies the sacrifice of Christ to me and is also a song that brings Him glory and that is why I love it. 

Mercy: Who are some of your bass-singing heroes or mentors?
Daniel: I have had so many people that have influenced me when it comes to bass singers.  I have to say thank you to the first bass singer that I ever heard live and that would be who I mentioned earlier, Larry Mayfield.  He didn’t have to take the time to get me up and sing with him, but he did and that made a difference in my life. I have always appreciated so many of the bass singers that have sung down through the years.  I have always enjoyed George Younce, Tim Riley, Jeff Chapman, Mike Holcomb, and many more. The list literally could go on and on. The one I probably have listened to the most would be Jeff. I have always appreciated his singing as well as his heart for others.  

Mercy: What do you like to do in your free time?
Daniel: I really like to spend my free time by being at home with my wife and enjoying each other’s company.  We really enjoy going for walks together when we can. God gave me the perfect wife because we both enjoy the simple things.  Most people feel the need to go somewhere and do something big! We can sit around, drink coffee, watch old tv shows and be content.  I also love to spend time with my family whenever I am able. If I could choose, I would always spend my free time with my wife and family.  If time would allow, I would also enjoy spending time at the racetrack with family.

Mercy: What is a typical day on the road like?
Kim Lancaster Photography
Daniel: The typical day on the road with this group is always an adventure.  Some trips are exhausting, but very fulfilling. The guys I travel with make traveling fun and enjoyable.  We love to cut up and have a good time. The coolest part about traveling are the people you meet in various places.  We’ve met people while on the road and became lifelong friends with them. We are all coffee drinkers, so most of our trips include the search for good coffee and food.

Mercy: Favorite Bible verse?
Daniel: Colossians 3:1-4 “If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth.  For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”

Mercy: What are 3 things you can’t live without?
Daniel: God, my wife, and coffee.

Mercy: Can you share about TOP’s new project “It’s Real”?

Daniel: The new project that we have coming out has got me extremely excited!  We can’t wait for people to hear this new album. There are some songs on here that I believe will really speak to people.  In this day and time where there is so much evil in the world and people being so discouraged, we desire for people to know how real Christ is.  The culture around us wants the world to believe that the Bible is just a book of fables about things that didn’t really happen. The suicide rate and abortion rate is incredibly high because people feel there is no hope.  There is hope in Christ! The album “It’s Real” is a reminder that the God we know is real and the sacrifice He paid for our sins through Christ is also real. People think they will have to face the storms of life alone, but that is not the case.  God knows what we are going through and He is more than able to forgive us and help us face life’s trials.

Daniel, thank you so much for taking the time to be on our blog! I was an absolute pleasure, and we hope to see y'all soon!  
Readers, make sure to go check the Old Paths schedule and see if they'll be around you this year. Remember they are back full-time on the road so they'll have a lot of dates, and more being added. Also be sure to head on over and pre-order their new album releasing March 22nd.  
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Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. I had the pleasure to hear them in person in La Grange Ga. @ Hill Crest Church. They are awesome.