These songs were created to be a companion and a space for you to connect with God. They were written out of a hunger in my own life to live a life of faith, a voyage to trust and lay all down to know HIM more and FULLY. -Ashley
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Captivating and Meaningful| Posted May 10, 2018
LOVED the album! Captivating voice, meaninful words and great arrangements and use of musical instruments. Love all the piano and the varied percussion instruments!! My fovorite song right now, Hodldin You. Think it's a song everyone needs to hear. Excited to hear more from her.
A Gentle Voice Raising the Stakes| Posted April 03, 2018 What You Need to Know:
Ashley Lagunas is a wife, mother and missionary kid from Dallas who has seen the gospel change countless lives. As she has accumulated stories over the years, she has embraced a missionary calling of her own, singing about the life of faith and the tender care of Jesus. With her first EP, Raise the Stakes, she's poised to introduce something fresh to the Christian music conversation.
What it Sounds Like:
Lagunas presents a calming, acoustic-driven sort of contemporary pop that is fairly simple, arrangement-wise, with acoustic guitar, piano and light drums carrying the songs. But what pushes the song into a realm of its own is Lagunas' indie-friendly, light, airy vocals that could be compared to chart-topper Grace Vanderwaal. See the "For Fans Of" section below to see some other artists in the same musical neighborhood.
The title track, "Raise the Stakes," is an encouragement to put faith into action by taking risks while we have the ability, while similarly themed "Moving Forward" evokes Philippians 3:13. "Lazarus" is a beautiful retelling of Jesus' first resurrection story. "The God Who Sees", "Holding You" and "Baby Moses" focus on the Lord's specific, one size-fits-one provision, attention and destiny.
Best Song on the Record:
"Baby Moses" ... love the metaphor, and it has this great line: "When your feet greet the sea, when all your past and future meet, raise your hands to the One who made a path for everyone."
For Fans Of:
Grace Vanderwaal, Ginny Owens, Regina Spektor, Ellie Holcomb, Sarah Reeves
Ashley Lagunas has given Christian music a unique voice that delivers an earnest, tender message of God's care for His people. The peaceful Raise the Stakes is like talking with a trusted friend, and the music is like nothing else you're hearing in the industry.