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Ava
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AVA ROWLAND 

 

Country singer/songwriter Ava Rowland shows off her true talent and artistry with the release of her new self entitled EP "Ava Rowland".  The EP consists of her most recent and previously released singles, showing off the range of her creativity and incredible musicality. Fan favorites such as her romantic tunes "If I Ever Fall In Love," "Best Thing Around," her groovy single "Love Away The Lonely," and more will all be included in her first-ever EP which is available both physically and digitally now.

"I'm so excited to release my first album," shares Ava. "The songs on the album are a collaboration of the singles I've released since September 2020, starting with 'He's Like A Habit.' There is such a feeling of accomplishment when the songs I've written and recorded are all put together on one CD.  

Ava Rowland wasn’t even born in the 1970’s, yet she takes on a Country disco flavored sound in her single and video, “Love Away The Lonely”.  The fun melody belies the more serious lyrics as Rowland suggests that she can be the one to “love away the lonely” for the guy who just had his heart broken. On the day Rowland and Britton Cameron wrote the song, “We were just playing with different sounds on the computer, trying to get the vibe of the writing session.” For the video they rented a cottage in Alabama that was decorated in a 70’s theme. "That was a blessing, we just had to get a few props here and there and it all came together.”  Rowland really loves to write a ballad so when this up-tempo song came along she was happy to have it in her repertoire to release as a single.  

 

The 23-year-old with the fresh sound and addicting spirit likes to say she was born to play music. Her grandfather plays the guitar, her parents once served as worship leaders and everyone around her sings…. everyone.   The first time Ava sang in front of an audience was in front of a packed congregation at her church in her hometown of Wellington, Ohio. The girl with the bright smile and the flowery dress eagerly climbed the steps up to the church altar to sing the powerful hymn “We Fall Down.” And from that moment on, she knew she wanted to sing for people, forevermore, after finishing fourth grade of course. 

 

Spending her days studying and her afternoons watching future pop princesses such as Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus sing their way to stardom on the Disney Channel.   Ava also tirelessly worked to create a chapter of the Rachel’s Challenge organization at her high school in honor of a girl named Rachel Scott who was killed in the Columbine massacre while holding up her personal shield of faith.  

 

In January of 2021 Ava Rowland rang in the new year with the release of her single, "Mama's Favorite Song." A catchy ballad, written by Stan Ward and performed by Ava unites Christian and Country to give us all something to believe in.  "Mama's Favorite Song" highlights Ava's vocal range and intertwines her passion for music and faith.   The single paints a familiar picture of understanding,  sharing the message that it is better to believe a passed loved one is singing their favorite song in heaven than to mourn their life on earth. 

Although they had never formally met, Rowland and fellow songwriter Stanley Ward spent hours on the phone with one another, talking about the lyrical and spiritual backbones of "Mama's Favorite Song." And with every recollection and every memory, Rowland fell more in love with the song that spoke of Ward's late mother's love for the hymn "Amazing Grace.  "I felt really blessed that he trusted me to take it to Nashville"  stated Rowland.
 

Ava’s current single, “He’s Like a Habit,” brings with it a playful energy and an undeniable spunk that will soon infuse the Country music industry with a youthful spirit not seen since the early days of Taylor Swift. And the song with the infectious hook also reminds us that, despite the weight of an ongoing pandemic, it’s still fun to be young and there is still fun to be had.  And Ava wants the world to feel that fun again.

But before you write off the Ohio native as just another adorable girl from a small town with big country music dreams, one must know this. There are more sides to Ava that one might see in the flirty video for, “He’s Like a Habit” or on her growing social media channels. For example, there was a time when Ava seriously juggled with the decision between pursuing a Christian music career or a  Country music career. 

 

“I feel like when you have been given a voice by God, it drives you to make music that changes people.”

In case you haven’t picked up on it already, faith has served as the backbone of Ava’s entire life. She reads her bible weekly and relies on His word as she tackles the challenges that life throws. Inspired by the faithful souls of Country music greats such as Dolly Parton, Lauren Alaina and Gabby Barrett,  Ava leans on her faith when she finds herself questioning His timing, as she did in 2020 when the ongoing pandemic put her blossoming career on hold for far longer than she liked.

“There have been times when I feel like I’m getting nowhere, but you have to remember that His timing is always better than our timing. That is what I have been taught since I was just a little girl. And when you think about that, it’s crazy, isn’t it? God is just soooo cool."  And so are Ava’s tattoos, she’s got five of them.

Her great grandmother’s frequent saying ‘pretty is as pretty does’ is written in her grandmother’s handwriting on her arm. She has a semicolon tattoo as a message of affirmation and solidarity against suicide and depression for her sister and the words ‘King Jesus’ remind her of her biggest and perhaps most important priority. And then, on her foot is one pink rose and on her shoulder is a string of music notes. “The funny thing about the music notes is that my ex-boyfriend bought it for me,” Ava sweetly growls in a tone reminiscent of a young Miranda Lambert. “I ended up getting a few songs from him and a tattoo. Not a bad deal if you ask me.”

Indeed, the juxtaposition that lies within Ava Rowland, from her sweet side to her sassy side to her spiritual side, not only makes her one of the most intriguing young artists in Country music today, but also makes her relatable to anyone who has ever had some big dreams and started working to make them come true. From performing at Nashville’s legendary Bluebird Café and Puckett’s to taking the stage at CMA Fest in 2019 along with festivals all across the Midwest, Ava has proven that her live show is as endearing as her personality. Through the years, she has opened for the likes of Montgomery Gentry, John Michael Montgomery and Neal McCoy.  Even through the continuing pandemic, Ava did not have any weekends free as she was booked solid during the summer. 

And this is just the beginning.'

 

In a world filled with far too many fakes and filters, there is Ava Rowland.  A real life small-town girl with a big-time faith whose talent, look and voice has on the cusp of Country music stardom.  According to Ava Rowland,   “There is this place in Nashville that you can drive up to, it’s this really high hill where you can stop and see all of Nashville. And it’s up there that I know, I’m going to make it. I’m going to make my dreams come true down there. And I have someone up here helping me every step of the way.”