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Soul Freedom Radio Portfolio 

A brief summary of my output predominantly supported New Independent Soul Music but also drawing from Soul Music history and related genres of Black Music.

Currently 356 hours per year, 30 hours a month, 7 hours a week – all different.  None of this is syndicated – it is all specific to the outlets described below.

There will also be an addition to the portfolio shortly for an Atlanta based station.

I hope that you are able to enjoy some of the product and thanks for your support and for listening.  Thanks also to the artists as without them this would be impossible.

 Passion Radio Bristol – www.passionrb.com


Soul Freedom Live – every Weds from 7pm til 9pm UK with Rozaya Hopkins and Beki Wills

This show is live from the Passion studios in Bristol led by Rozaya and Beki with me chipping in from time to time, though I supply a lot, but not all of the music – especially the new independent. The final selections are usually made by the girls. There is a leaning towards independent artists and also to local artists especially those that have graced the Soul Freedom Live stage, and often they guest in the studio.  From time to time we do depart and play tunes from our expansive collections from the 60’s onwards


Rhythm and Soul Radio New York – www.rhythmandsoulradio.com


Soul Freedom – 3rd and 4th Sundays of month 9pm EST 4pm UK

Probably the most expansive show we do

Longstanding twice monthly show recorded by me at home so it doesn’t go out live. Predominantly new independent soul, and really brand new at the point of recording the show, though sometimes it may go out 2 or 3 weeks later so when aired they often are not ‘crisp biscuit’ but pretty new. Sometimes I depart from this and play other stuff and as said above this show is a little more expansive and eclectic, including not necessarily the straight ahead music that goes down in the UK best. More where my heads at stuff than the others perhaps.

Previously I used to paste this show together record the wordy bits and cut this in. Could put a show together is way less than real time… However now I record the show in real time, the talking bits added as we go, no second takes or anything. Broadly just sit by my laptop and piece together the show as we go, sometimes I will do from vinyl or cd as the show dictates. Doing it ‘live’ in this way gives it a much better ‘feel’ I think and better flow and I am much happier with the result.

Pulse Radio – www.pulseradio.org


Soul Freedom – Soul Freedom every Monday from 7 til 10pm UK

From Commercial Soul through to new Independent Soul.  This is a new Community Radio Station based in Cheddar Somerset and airs locolly on 104.4FM

This show is live from the Cheddar Studios every Monday – features a lot of recent years independent soul accompanied by Soul Classics, am not afraid to play old Soul so long as its good. What surprises me often, as the show is done pretty much on the fly on the spot, is how well the new and the old mix together dispelling any argument that todays music is inferior – it stands up

Soul Freedom Podcastshttp://lifeandsoul.podomatic.com/


Soul Freedom –

 These are personal licensed podcasts prepared by me as continuous mixes and available for download as such via podomatic or itunes.   These are done randomly as time allows and are normally an hour in length or thereabouts.  Usually features new Independent Soul Music.

Podcast for Soul Freedom, Life and Soul Promotions and Indie Soul Mixer. PRS License No LE-0006279

Mike Ashley

Life and Soul Promotions – Indie Soul Mixer – Soul Freedom – Soul Freedom Live

SOUL FREEDOM LIVE MONTHLY NIGHTS 1 Launch Party 8 February 2013

Launch Party Friday 8th  February 2013

Although short notice  and a bit of a trial run, this was to become the   pre-cursor to the series which would take place on the first Fridays of each month and to introduce our regular performers. This first night featured   artwork inspired by soul with Christelle Jones and Beki Wills.

L-R Rozaya Hopkins, Zion Flex and Mike Ashley
L-R Rozaya Hopkins, Zion Flex and Mike Ashley


Rozaya Hopkins 

Zion Flex

DJ/Beats Mike Ashley


Since the launch party we have been extremely privileged to have the services of Damien Michael Polly of Your Music Productions, who videos the performances and edits them for us.

Check this video out of the highlights from the Launch Party.

Soul Freedom Live VIDEO – FEBRUARY edited by Your Music Productions 




Soul Freedom Live  is an offshoot of ventures run by Mike Ashley – Life and Soul Promotions, Indie Soul Mixer and Soul Freedom(DJ/RADIO).

Co-founder of Indie Soul Mixer and Soul Freedom live.
Co-founder of Indie Soul Mixer and Soul Freedom live.

SFL was launched as a vehicle to promote new and upcoming Independent Soul Artists but with some added variations. Beki Wills was placed in charge of Art and Design, internet and promotion  and Rozaya Hopkins, a singer/songwriter,  was to use her band ‘The Thorns’  as the ‘house’ band’. She was also to  become our main resident performer, host and artist liaison for the local artists. Together we are SFL and between us we carry out all the other functions to make it work! which are numerous. 

Artist and Designer, promotion, Soul Freedom Live
Artist and Designer, promotion, Soul Freedom Live
Rozaya Hopkins, singer/songwriter, artist liaison and promotion, Soul Freedom Live.
Rozaya Hopkins, singer/songwriter, artist liaison and promotion, Soul Freedom Live.

Initially Zion Flex was a resident performer for us before she moved aside to pursue her ongoing solo career.  Similarly Christelle Jones showed some of her paintings during the launch.

Having seen events in the USA through Indie Soul Mixer Mike wanted to introduce something just a little bit different to the events in the UK, namely:-


Additional but related forms of Independent Artistry, such as visual art, photography and crafts,


Collaboration and togetherness between the artists so that it was not a ‘straight’ gig with one performance followed by another, but where interaction and assistance was encouraged and impromptu performance emerged.

We acquired a residency at The Bristol Fringe in Clifton Bristol on the first Friday of every month. Our launch/trial run took place on 8 February with our two resident artists and Mike playing current Independent Soul Music which is rarely if ever heard on a regular basis at a live event of this type.

Launch night flyer for the first Soul Freedom live. February 2013
Launch night flyer for the first Soul Freedom live.
February 2013