Release Date: July 31st 2020 / September 18th 2020
Reviewed by: Joshua Andre
- Whatever Comes Next
- Something Better
Time moves steadily the same for all, yet somehow all musicians mysteriously react to that continuum in different ways. Expressions vary. Art flows through the poets and painters and singers at different ages and in different styles. Musical maturity sometimes takes decades to develop. Sometimes that sincerity can flow through certain souls very early in their earth journey.
This is the case with Ashlyn Levoy. The songs she started writing and singing at 14 were beyond her years. Known by her delicate and poignant vocal phrasing, her tender and wispy lyrical expression speaks powerfully in the simplicity. Now at 16 Ashlyn is writing of love and life and of her God. One beautiful tapestry of artistry blessing all who get to listen. Enjoy the unfolding of an artist who will be touching many lives in the years to come.
Taken verbatim from her website (which was last updated in 2017- it says so on the bottom of the main page!), this is essentially all the information (like a press release) that I could find about Ashlyn Levoy’s debut single “Whatever Comes Next” and her follow-up effort “Something Better”. With the passionate young woman of God having recently signed to Centricity Music, and creating pop music for the whole world to hear- pop music with an inspirational edge and a worshipful slant; we are met with a young woman firm in her faith and unashamed to speak about the good news of Jesus Christ. When I first heard Ashlyn’s first and second Centricity Music singles, the reviewer in me couldn’t help but criticise the somewhat ‘bland’ music… yet deeper listens reveal vulnerable and authentic lyrics. At under 20 years old, Ashlyn Levoy has done a fantastic job at creating inspirational God-moments; and from hearing these two songs I’m more than eagerly anticipating her debut Centricity Music debut. And as I end this extremely short review, let me share with you Ashlyn’s inspirational thoughts she’s written about recently on Facebook- they are full of hope and optimism and what we all need especially during quarantine and lockdown!
Worrying is definitely something I struggle with. I worry about the future and things playing out how I want them to, I worry about relationships and people not being there when I need them most, I worry about getting stuck. I’ve always had to remind myself that I could have everything planned out and still have absolutely no control over any of it. This can be really unsettling and scary!! But there is also a beauty in the unknown. We are held and secure in something so much greater than ourselves. We just have to rest in the wonder of what He has planned
One of the most difficult lessons I’ve had to learn is that Gods ways are greater than my own. I have my timelines, goals, and dreams and once I have them worked out in my head, I just want to make them happen. My mom has always told me to hold everything with an open palm, giving God the opportunity to move things according to his timing. This has been something that I’ve had remind myself daily. It’s easy to hold what you are passionate about with closed fists. But when we open our hands we give God the opportunity to show us something so much bigger.
Every day of life that we are given is a gift. It goes beyond just opening our eyes and having breath in our lungs. It can be used for more than just getting our own individual things done. How we live speaks to who we are. And when we find ourselves in Christ, our actions should reflect it. There are always going to be things that try and get us down and steal our happiness. But joy is something that can’t be stolen because it is rooted in something so much deeper than circumstance. It is rooted in Christ. This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.
It’s funny how in the moment, something that’s so not right for us can seem like the best thing ever. We easily become blinded by our empty desires and miss the brighter paths God is calling us to walk on. God sees the bigger picture that we often miss and wants us to find the fulfillment he has to offer. His thoughts are higher and his ways are better.
There is such a peace that comes with resting in God’s hands. There is so much hope in knowing He has something great waiting for us. There is an amazing joy that is found when we realize how beautiful a life with God can be. “I came so that you may have life and have it abundantly” John 10:10. Don’t forget to thank Him
RIYL: Caitie Hurst, Jamie Grace, Hollyn, Britt Nicole, Francesca Battsitelli, Tori Kelly, Alessia Cara, Rachel Platten