We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Lagunas and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ashley, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I’ve crossed this intersection a time or two. The choice to keep going or to give up is one maybe something we decide everyday whether we realize it or not. The days that I feel like giving up, are the days when I’ve lost sight of my priorities and what it’s all about in the end. I can get lost in the details and impatient with the process. This question has helped me in my music making journey: What is my definition of success? For me, success is being true to who I am, and honoring the message I feel called to share. Success is also loving people well through my music. When I stick to that, it brings so much freedom to the journey, and really brings strength to the vision I feel called to share. bottom line; I’ve realized that when my “why” is a healthy one it brings life to my soul and a deep satisfaction in what I do. 

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Maybe the windiest roads in life lead to the most unexpected mountain tops. As a Independent Christian Artist, It’s been a windy journey and the process refining along the way. At each windy curve came the decision to continue on believing my music had a place and there was a purpose in the journey even if I couldn’t see the whole mountain top view yet. There where many moments that required the resolve to overcome the obstacles that I have faced making music as an independent, but anchored deep beneath the pursuit was the conviction that this is what I was created to do, and this journey how every windy it can be, is the place I feel most alive. While music has always had a presence in my life, the last 7 years have been focused on writing, recording and sharing my music with others. So grateful for my husband Beto, and my daughters Romance (age 8) and Poema (6 months) who continue to encourage me to create and especially my husband who has been a huge reason why I have made and continued to make music. I’m thankful that we get to do this together as a family! Its a beautiful adventure. One of my latest releases was a video music project that was centered on the hope and purpose we each have. There was a season I went through that was really rough and felt like a shipwreck. I found a lot of hope in a story found in the Bible when the Apostle Paul gets on a ship, as a prisoner, and sets sail for Roma (Rome). The journey was so much harder than expected, and eventually they lost the ship and end up stranded on the Island of Malta. In the end he gets to Roma, but what a journey. I realized that even though my journey was hard, and long, just like Paul, God had a purpose in my journey and God would get me to my Roma as well. Once I was on the other side of that season, I began praying about making a story and music video that would focus in on this truth; that God is with us in our journey. Long story and many prayers later we ended up taking a production team and film crew to the Island of Malta where this shipwreck took place and filmed this story! What a journey it was, and since the release of “Holding You and the Story of Malta”, on YouTube a few months ago, it’s been very soul filling to know that it has resonated with many. It’s my greatest desire and prayer that my music would overflow from an authentic place and bring hope to others. Some of my songs that have resonated with people the most have been those songs I wrote when I was in the thick of overcoming challenges, resolving to stay true to how I am as an artist and honor the message I felt called to share. I am excited about what’s ahead. Early next year I will be releasing new music. When I sat down to write these new songs, my goal in creating them was to point to hope and a God that is bigger than anything we face. I think it’s safe to say it’s been a wild season for all of us, which means a season is coming when we will see ourselves stronger because we overcame such challenges together. I’m looking forward to that.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite day in Dallas would look like this: Coffee at my newest favorite coffee shop; Davis Street Expresso, then a stroll through Davis and Pranther park, the scenic streams make you forget you are even in the city, and since we are headed into the Christmas season The Deer field Christmas Lights in Plano are always a favorite event we look forward to!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Artist/ speaker/ YouTuber Carlos Erazo and wife Brooke Erazo have been a continual light beam of encouragement to me. Their example speaks the loudest. They love people wholeheartedly and their faith continues to impact this generation in a very special way. I have had the opportunity to watch their lives up close- They are what they preach. Such humble and wonderful people and friends.

Website: http://www.ashleylagunas.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ashley.lagunas/?hl=en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ashleylagunasmusic
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNo49s4Xx3hOEn-c3JIJppQ
Other: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0NtT4wt6EUODMNyschztLt?si=GAdd6iCsTkSX6jAdn6NdZQ

Image Credits
Jena Willard Andrew Reyna Matty Reyna Carissa Moore

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