Past the Press Release: An Interview with Daniel Ashmore

Daniel Ashmore, Old Paths bass singerPast the Press Release is an interview series featuring a new member of a professional Southern Gospel group. It’s a chance to look past the standard “excited to be here” press release comment and learn a little more about them. Meet The Old Paths’ new bass singer, Daniel Ashmore!

Daniel J. Mount: Did you grow up around Southern Gospel? If not, when did you discover it?

Daniel Ashmore: I grew up going to a Baptist Church listening to Hymns like Sweet Sweet Spirit, The Old Rugged Cross, Just As I Am, Amazing Grace etc. I wasn’t listening to Quartets or any type of Southern Gospel group until I was 17 years old.

I remember sitting in the back of the car on the way back from a college football game listening to Randy Travis singing some gospel songs. My dad and my granddad both encouraged me to try to sing some, and I found that I was able to. I think I was about to turn 17 at the time.

Not very long after joining the choir at the church, my grandparents purchased the Cathedrals’ A Farewell Celebration DVD. I tried to sing along with the singers, and found that I really enjoyed trying to sing the bass part.

About a week later my music minister and grandmother kept telling me about a Southern Gospel quartet called “The Commonwealth Quartet” that were going to be at my church that weekend. I decided to go, and really enjoyed the harmonies and the message that these guys brought. They were very, very nice to me. I immediately started talking to the bass singer and before they left that night they allowed me to get on stage with them and sing The Old Rugged cross and Sweet Sweet Spirit with them. Even though I did not really know what I was doing at the time, these guys were a great encouragement to me, and I will never forget them. When I left that night I knew what I wanted to do. It had to be God showing me all of this because the timing could not have been better.

Daniel J. Mount: What groups were the first to catch your attention?

Daniel Ashmore: Well, I spent most of my time watching “The Cathedrals” and George Younce. I was so amazed at the message of the songs, but what caught my attention right off the bat was how low and clear George Younce was. My brother made a statement which I agreed with. He said that George sounded like a baritone Saxophone. This was something I could relate to because, since fifth grade, my brother taught me how to play Saxophone. I am pretty sure that I wore Youtube out listening to and watching various southern gospel groups. The groups that caught my attention first were “The Cathedrals”, “The Statler Brothers”, and “Gold City”.

Daniel J. Mount: Were you already hoping to be a bass singer before your voice changed? Or did you just find that you had a deep voice after it changed, and then decide what to do it from there?

Daniel Ashmore: I never even thought I would sing growing up, but when I did, I realized I was able to sing lower than everyone around my age.

If you had asked me about singing when I was 13 or so I probably would have told you that I would end up being a performer on Saxophone. I listened to Johnny Cash when I was about 13 and enjoyed his low range but never tried to sing along.

Daniel J. Mount: Who are your bass-singing heroes?

Daniel Ashmore: George Younce was my primary hero. I listened to him more than any other bass singer. It was tough to grow and love “The Cathedral” Quartet then find out that they were no longer together and my favorite bass singer had passed away a few years before I even knew who he was. I found later that I really enjoyed the Bass singing of Tim Riley, Jeff Chapman, and London Parris.

Daniel J. Mount: A mutual friend (J.C. Johnson) has told me that you did some singing with regional groups in Mississippi, before getting the call to go with the Old Paths. Who have you sung with, and do any highlights from your time in those groups come to mind?

Daniel Ashmore: Yes, I did do a little bit of singing with some groups around my area. For a while every now and then I filled in occasionally for “The Masters Quartet” and once for the “Tracemen”. I met a very good friend through filling in for “The Masters” quartet named Donald Tallent.

I ended up singing in a group called “The Fishers of Men” before singing with “The Old Paths”. Although I did not sing with them very long I did enjoy having somewhere to minister through music and singing with my brother Raymond Ashmore in a group before leaving.

Daniel J. Mount: Any non-musical hobbies?

Daniel Ashmore: Yes! I love cars and love Drag Racing. We spent a lot of time Drag Racing when I was growing up. It was some of the best memories I have with my family.

Daniel J. Mount: How can people keep up with what you and the group are doing?

Daniel Ashmore: People can keep up with us through our facebook page. You can also follow us from our website at

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  1. Daniel and I have something in commmon: the “launching pad” for our love of southern gospel music was the Cathedrals’ Farewell Celebration.

    Great interview!

  2. Over the past few months I got to know Daniel, and I have just been so excited for him to be able to be a part of TOP now! He is a great Christian guy who believes what he sings about and he can sing some awesome bass! I can’t wait to see what TOP does in the very near future with their great lineup. Keep up the great job Daniel Ashmore and Daniel Mount for a great blog!

  3. Daniel A is a great kid and he can forevermore sing some bass. He and I have a lot in common and the most notable is the fact that we both fell in love with bass singing through George Younce. I wonder just how many bass singers fell in love by listening to him. George was so clear and sang more like a lead singer or a baritone singer. He would try things that no other bass would (or dare I say COULD) do. Daniel A. would never say it about himself because he exercises great humility but he sounds a lot like George in the way that he is so clear when he sings but he can also throw those low G’s in there to put those sub woofers to work. LOL! As Casey said above, we have only known Daniel for a few months but I count it an honor to call him my friend. If you have not heard Daniel sing, I encourage you to do so. You will be amazed! Thanks Daniel M. for the interview. It was so much fun to read this morning. I always love to read where southern gospel singers found their desire to sing the best music in the world….southern gospel!

  4. My husband and I love Daniel and his family. What you see is what you get………every single time. I enjoy playing for him as much as I do cooking for him and having him over for dinner! What a WONDERFUL young man! We met him alittle over two years ago when I joined the music staff at Carriage Hills Baptist Church. What a delight!

  5. In a lifetime we are blessed to meet people who are the real deal.My friend Daniel is just that.Thanks for this insight to a young man God has truly blessed with a great gift.I encourage everyone to go hear Daniel if you get Tge chance.Take the time to get to know him your life will be richer for getting to do so.Thanks Daniel Mount for a great interview

    • Very well said Donald! “In a lifetime we are blessed to meet people who are the real deal” can be used to describe you too! If it had not been for you then who knows if I would have even started singing southern gospel! Thank you for all that you do for southern gospel in our area and for the many lives you have touched over the years!

  6. Daniel is my nephew, my sister’s youngest son. It has been such a blessing to see God at work in Daniel’s life. Daniel is one of the kindest, most sensitive young men I have ever known. A couple of years ago, my dad went home to be with the Lord. Daniel and his brother, Raymond set aside their own grief to sing at his funeral. It was so evident to me how God was working in his life then. I knew then that God had a very special ministry for Daniel. After meeting the members of the Old Paths recently, I know that God has placed Daniel right where he needs to be at this time in his life. I could not be more excited for Daniel.

    • It says a lot about someone’s character when those who know him the best speak the most highly of him. It has been so encouraging to see today’s comments – particularly yours.

  7. Daniel is my cousin. He’s been one of my top idols/musical influences for as long as I can remember. I’m proud of him and love him very much. Way to go, Daniel! 🙂