Asher Brown
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Asher Brown

Iowa City, IA | Established. Jan 01, 2016 | SELF

Iowa City, IA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2016
Solo Folk Singer/Songwriter




"Asher Brown Defines What It Means To Be A Man"

If you've been following this blog long enough, then you're already familiar with Asher Brown's music. Pitchforks centers on Brown's transition. His songs are simultaneously warm and heartbreaking -- especially given the current political context.

Pitchforks' narrative follows an interesting trajectory: it begins with "Hey Little Abigail," a reassuring missive to his younger self that suggests that, after all, things do get better. But the tone gets a little more serious as the album progresses, particularly with the closer, "Brother in the Sky," in which Brown addresses a lost friend who encouraged him to be himself from a young age:

Where are you now
That I've become a man?
Where are you now?
Pitchforks are coming out
It's dangerous to be
A guy like me
I don't need an angel
I need you
By my side
My brother in the sky

While most artists would switch the order on these two songs, it seems to me that Brown is suggesting that even if he's in a better place, the future is still fraught with danger and uncertainty.

Pitchforks surely displays Brown's renewed confidence -- both personally and in his songwriting. One of my favorite parts of the album is that Brown re-recorded two songs from Go All In. While it's clear that all of Brown's songs come from the heart, it's clear that "Gamble" and "Angeline" came from somewhere deep.

I hadn't listened to the album in quite some time, but when both songs came on I found I had remembered every word perfectly -- one of those mystical experiences where an intense feeling travels from one heart to the other, with words as a faulty medium. So it's a joy to hear songs that have been clearly meaningful to Brown accompanied by his true voice. Pitchforks isn't just a calling card -- it's one of those rare albums that perfectly encapsulates the inner life of the person creating it. - No Depression

"Asher Brown's New Album "Pitchforks" a Story of Discovery"

Iowa based singer-songwriter Asher Brown describes himself as a self-made man. His new album "Pitchforks" is an autobiographical album about the realization that he is transgender and his transition to life as a man. During this Talk of Iowa interview, he talks with host Charity Nebbe.

Brown says one of his biggest concerns about transitioning was about his singing voice.

"That was my biggest concern in this whole process. I knew that I wanted to transition, and I knew that I wanted to do hormones," he says. "I worked with a voice coach who works with trans people to figure out their voice and their sound."

"I like my voice way better now," he laughs.

As part of NPR's Tiny Desk Concert Contest, Brown submitted a song in honor of his late brother who died of a heroin overdose shortly before Brown came out as trans. You can find a link to that below. One of Brown's favorite songs on the new record is called "Hey Little Abigail," which is a letter he wrote to his childhood self.

"So, I wrote this song in about an hour or so, and it just spilled out of me. I was thinking about this kid who knew something was different but wasn't sure what," he says. "The last line in the chorus is 'one day you will like yourself,' and that's what really hit home for me. When you're a little kid and things don't make sense, that's hard. I want everyone to know there's nothing wrong with that kid." - Iowa Public Radio

"Transgender Singer Asher Brown covers ‘Slow Hands’ by Niall Horan"

Transgender Singer Asher Brown covers ‘Slow Hands’ by Niall Horan - FTM Magazine


Wash Me Clean
Single Release


9 Track LP



 "Pitchforks isn't just a calling card -- it's one of those rare albums that  perfectly encapsulates the inner life of the person creating it." -

Asher Brown is a folk singer/songwriter currently based out of Iowa City, Iowa.

Pitchforks, Asher's debut album, is a collection of songs documenting the pivotal moments of transition in his life - coming to terms with loss, embracing uncertainty, and navigating vulnerability. In the midst of chaos, Asher clung to music - an old, faithful friend.

Armed with a degree from Berklee College of Music, Asher has been steadily making a name for himself as a songwriter sharing the stories of the unpopular and unrepresented. Fresh off his first Midwest tour by way of Boston and Chicago, Asher was the People's Choice Winner for Cedar Valley PrideFest 2017, and has been featured on Iowa Public Radio (IPR),  KRUI, and FTM Magazine. In April 2017, Asher's song Brother In The Sky placed him as a featured artist on ReverbNation's homepage as a crowd reviewed favorite.

In 2018, Asher toured extensively throughout Alaska, Canada, Japan, China, South Korea, and Taiwan as a solo musician. He is now back in the Midwest and recording his second album.

The first single from his upcoming record, Wash Me Clean, drops January 18, 2019. 

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