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June 5, 2014

OMHOF Sunday show to feature Earthfolk singer

A special feature of “Live at the Frisco Depot” will take place at the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Earthfolk yoga songstress Ashlee K. Thomas and her band, The Rooks, will perform in Muskogee as part of her Nashville to Utah tour. Admission is $5 at the door, which will open at 6:30pm.

Thomas was raised at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains in Sandy, Utah. Growing up in the magic of nature had a profound effect on her, and its influence is ever present in her songwriting.

She has spent years traveling the world, exploring, practicing yoga, and sharing her music wherever she goes, from Panama, Peru, and Mexico to India, Kauai, and throughout the United States, finding her audience and sharing Earthfolk music and Fireflow yoga with everyone she meets.

Of her purpose, Thomas says: “I want my music to stir up thoughts and emotions, the way yoga does for the body. I want to connect to the people who love this earth.”

Thomas’ introduction to music began at the age of 4, when she began studying violin in the Suzuki method. Although 12 years of violin gave Thomas many fantastic opportunities, such as playing with the Utah Symphony, Igor and Vesna Grupman, and Joseph Silverstein, and receiving a music scholarship to college, she truly found her musical voice when she picked up a guitar and started singing.

A lyricist by nature, Thomas writes songs that are refreshingly honest and to the core. She quickly developed her own musical style of beautiful melodies intertwined with daunting key changes. This sound, combined with her writing and natural gift of pitch, evolved into the genre called Earthfolk.

The release of Thomas’ first album, “Peace Is in the Trees,” in 2006 was accompanied by a tour of the western United States, from which Thomas donated 10 percent of her record sales to the United Leukodystrophy Foundation to help find a cure for the disease that took her brother’s life. Two EPs have followed, “Aedis” in 2008 and “Ashlee K Thomas” in 2011.

Thomas moved to Nashville in pursuit of her craft and purpose — a path that led her to yoga.

“Yoga practice is the parallel path that runs alongside the path of life,” Thomas said. “It is about finding your satya, your truth. It is about finding the love of oneself, and therefore finding more love and compassion for others. It is about letting go and accepting the natural flow of your authentic path.”

A determined, passionate artist, Thomas is dedicated to her beautiful path: to move the masses with music and yoga, and help as many people as possible along the way. Thomas combines honest lyricism, haunting vocals, and gorgeous melodies with her passion for life, truth, nature, and yoga.

The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday. “Live at the Frisco Depot,” featuring local, regional, and national music acts, is presented every Thursday night.

Information: (918) 687-0800 or email at okmusic@omhof.com.

If you go

WHAT: “Live at the Frisco Depot” featuring Ashlee K. Thomas and The Rooks.

WHERE: Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame, 401 S. Third St.

WHEN: Doors open at 6:30 Sunday; concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

COST: $5 at the door.

INFORMATION: (918) 687-0800 or email at okmusic@omhof.com.

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