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Life & Soul Promotions

Dedicated To The Promotion Of new Soul Music

February 27th, 2011

Life & Soul Promotions:
Mike Ashley

Life and Soul Promotions

Life and Soul Promotions is an organisation set up by me in 2000 and is devoted to the promotion of Soul Music. We are based in South West England but our coverage and activity extends globally.
The core of our activities is our website and it has become a pre-eminent source for new independent soul artists.
There is an extensive mailing list, reaching out to over 10,000 people including artists, agents, DJ’s, promoters, Record Labels, specialist outlets, media and Soul fans worldwide.
Through our network of contacts, labels, promoters, agents, media and other outlets we can act as a facilitator and adviser to Independent artists. Website: Independent Soul Specialist Site.
I have developed a particular niche as an outlet for independent artists, and they are featured heavily in the interview sections. I have carried approximately 150 exclusive interviews.
There is an extensive review database of Independent Soul product. I actively source and promote new soul artists.

Life and Soul Promotions

Annual Independent Soul Mixer Event

I travel annually to New York and meet many of our contacts, artists and friends. I host an annual Indie Soul Cocktail Party, which is an invaluable networking event for any Independent Artist. At our 2008 event in Harlem over 50 indie artists attended with over 15 promoters and media, with a total attendance of well over 150.

DJ Events:-

With an extensive knowledge of Black Music generally and in particularly Soul Music from the early Sixties I have DJed at many venues, extensively in Bristol and the South West but also as far away as New York and Bordeaux, France.
I am a regular member of Bristol’s Soul Train.
I also regularly play at The City Canteen, Cardiff
I am a member of the Soulfreedom team with Kevin Baynham.
Soul Freedom and its guests have a unique breadth of knowledge of Black Music, individually we have different backgrounds but as soulfreedom we present a diverse, eclectic and uplifting blend of soul music from all eras.


In 2002 I hosted a weekly show on Kute FM Bristol under their RSL Licence. I have also contributed to The Juice on Solar Radio on internet and Sky featuring new and pre release independent soul music.
From 2006 I am a regular contributor to Soul Train’s weekly show on Bristol’s Star FM.
From October 2008 we have a regular show on New York based Rhythm and Soul Radio, third and fourth Sundays each month.

Live Events

In 2005 I promoted a series of live events in Bath, featuring independent soul artists, from the USA Stanley James, Maya Azucena, Angelique, Yewande and UK based Martine Girault, Juliette Leon and Vixxen.
International Soul Summit, Atlanta
I am a regular attendee and participant in the International Soul Music Summit held in Atlanta each year


A Director, Chartered Tax Adviser, Trust and Estate Practitioner, Fellow of the Federation of Tax Advisers in CCPtax Limited a firm of Business and Tax Advisers (
Within the practice am responsible for business operations. Over 30 years experience in a variety of tax and Estate matters. Have an all round expertise in taxation with specific expertise in a number of areas including Residence, Domicile and Charities.
Am a trustee/ director of several charities including the Cardiff Based WIRED International Limited, a charity set up and developed as a way of empowering people to tackle problems caused by substance use.
Mike Ashley, Life and Soul Promotions,, Indie Soul Specialist, New York Indie Soul Mixer, International Soul Music Summit, Soul Freedom, Soul Train, Star FM, Rhythm and Soul Radio, New York, Atlanta.