I was raised on Old Country and Jesus in Newfoundland. I'm a Country Eastern singer writing songs about everyday life and how my faith gets me through. There are two easy ways to remember my name. Asetha rhymes with Aretha. Or, Asetha sounds like ‘a-sea-thaw’. I was named for my maternal Nan, Asetha (Zeta) Grace, who - along with her husband Adam Mouland - raised nine children in Musgrave Harbour, Newfoundland.
Mom and Dad, Verna and Ted Power (originally from North River), raised my two brothers and me in Conception Bay South. I went to University at St. Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia where I completed a First Class Joint Honors Degree in Business Administration and Economics. I spent my twenties working on social justice issues as a Research Analyst for the Federal Government of Canada.
In 2007, while working and recording my debut album of original folk songs in Toronto, I suffered a severe flare-up of a pre-existing health condition called Fibromyalgia. While I released “Child of Rhyme” in 2008, I spent the next two years debilitated, immobilized and housebound with severe nerve and musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, exhaustion, depression and anxiety.
In 2010, I returned home to settle in Newfoundland and recover my health. In the five years that followed I got married, lost my mom to Cancer, birthed my angel baby at four months pregnant, lost my dad to early-onset Alzheimer's, delivered two healthy baby boys, lost my marriage then contracted a new home. With my four-month and two year old in tow, and feeling as if I was running on nothing but spirit, I mustered the strength to carry on and began to rebuild my health and life from scratch.
Through complex grief, chronic depression, severe physical pain, and survival stress I have drawn upon my faith, family, friends, healthcare team and deep resolve in order to recover and thrive. Wanting desperately to embrace and enjoy life with my boys, I promised God that if He carried me through it all, I would share the gifts of songwriting and singing that He blessed me with. And, I would tell my story.
It has been a decade since I returned home to my Newfoundland roots to recover my health and the onslaught of losses began, but God has gotten me through. I am immeasurably grateful for the level of health and pain control I have. And, I have always felt the presence of my parents and son Winston with me.
In the Fall of 2019, I began answering the familiar call of my soul. The mix of stillness and excitement that songwriting creates in me rose up once again. Finally, in April of 2020, I followed through on my promise to God. From my kitchen, I recorded performances of my songs - often accompanied by very personal stories - and posted them to Facebook. Within six months, I posted close to 70 songs including country eastern originals, classic country, roots, folk, country, traditional and faith.
It was a scary promise to make and keep for two main reasons. Firstly, for 20 years I'd felt deep shame, stigma and guilt for being "sick and useless". I was sorely ashamed of having Fibromyalgia as if it were a character flaw that I could not overcome rather than a medical condition for which I would always require treatment. Thankfully, I no longer feel that way. I recognize the strength I have inside that allows me to cope and carry on, in spite of the limitations and suffering created by my health condition. I know now that sharing my story helps others with similar challenges and circumstances.
Secondly, I am a naturally private and solitary person, cultivating solitude as a way of life. Despite this, I embrace the privilege of sharing my songs and stories in hopes of helping whomever I can because I have met the most supportive and wonderful kindred spirits in doing so. By the grace of God, these performances have been embraced - receiving hundreds of thousands of views - and have brought a sense of nostalgia, a deep connection to Newfoundland, and a lift to the spirits for so many.
In the Summer of 2020, I had the opportunity to record my Sophomore Album "Simple Things, Guts and Dreams" with local legend David Fitz. Released on October 10, 2020, it is a triumphant album that celebrates overcoming the worst of life by embracing the best of it! It defines my guiding belief that grief and grace are two sides of the same coin. God is always there to light the way through sorrow, hurt, suffering and pain. With simple things, guts and dreams, we can overcome.
Despite a prolonged period of profound loss and suffering, my health and well-being continue to take root and flourish. My healthcare team has helped me get to a sustainable place of day to day comfort and peace. I feel better than I ever have. And my life is blossoming. I am awestruck by the beautiful music community in which I have been welcomed and found. The boys and I are thriving. Life has turned out in time. With faith, devotion and determination, I have healed and created a happy family.
It is my solemn prayer that my songs, stories, and soul will help accompany you along your way, in struggle and triumph. God blesses each of us. We can't give up on ourselves, ever. My inner ‘Child of Rhyme’ has been given the gift of a new musical beginning, against all odds. We just never know in life. Things do come around. We must never forget we are not alone and take our time with our healing and self-discovery. All we can really do is try our best to take good care of and love ourselves. Only we can do that! And it is enough.