Last August, Ashliegh Lisset released “Kill The Headlights“, a song co-written by Hillary Lindsey, Luke Laird and Carrie Underwood. It is about a couple needing the darkness of the moonlight to show their true feelings for each other. Sparks fly in the lyrics and from her passionate, rich vocals that drive home the message to live in the moment. Her debut single remained in the Top 30 for eight consecutive weeks on Sirius XM’s The Highway.
The singer/songwriter’s world changed in an instant when she was just 11 years old. Sgt. Paul T. Sanchez, her father, died while serving his second tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“My dad was a passionate soldier, and he died doing something he believed in. In a sense… that’s how I feel about my music.”
Just days before he died, he suggested she record Carrie Underwood’s “Don’t Forget To Remember Me.” Her family started the Not Forgotten Outreach, to honor Paul by helping disabled veterans and Gold Star families of fallen heroes heal through recreational and/or therapeutic retreats/workshops in Taos, New Mexico. Ashliegh’s newest single, “Target On My Heart“, will be released on July 22 on iTunes. The song will remind you of yet another Carrie tune, “Cowboy Casanova.”
“His finger is on the trigger and the gun is loaded
He’s going to blow it apart
And leave me in pieces
I’ve got a target on my heart
And dodging his bullets
Like dodging the rain
There ain’t no way…”
At this year’s CMA Fest, Ashliegh was announced as the Ambassador of The Folds of Honor Foundation. Fellow country artists Lee Brice, Brantley Gilbert, and Dierks Bentley are also part of the organization. Through scholarships and other assistance, the Foundation gives back to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service to our country.
One of Ashliegh’s dreams is to sing with Carrie on the Grand Ole Opry stage. The likelihood of that happening will greatly increase when more and more people hear her Misunderstood EP which includes “Target On My Heart“, along with “Its Okay To Lie”, “Always You, Running With Fire“, and the title track.