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CD complaint leads singer to 5 on Your Side

Posted January 26, 2012
Updated January 27, 2012

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— Richard Ashe is passionate about his music. He's performed in his church for years and wanted to make a gospel CD that he could sell when he traveled with his ministry.

"I always enjoyed music, and have been fascinated about having a CD ever since I've been able to sing," Ashe said.

In July, he and his wife Sharon contacted Joe Riley of Drummers Perspective Productions in Durham to start that process. The Ashes paid $1,500 to make Richard's dream come true.

However, when Sharon Ashe called to get the first round of work, the problems began. "I was given excuses why, you know, he didn't have it. It became on ongoing thing," Sharon Ashe said.

When nothing happened by August, the Ashes say Riley agreed to refund their $1,500.

“The last excuse that he gave us was that the gentleman that he works out of the studio with had taken the hard drive that had the music on it," she said.

Musician wants CD he paid to have produced Musician wants CD he paid to have produced

The couple says even after six months, dozens of back-and-forth text messages and more than 15 phone calls, Riley never sent the money.

WRAL's 5 on Your Side called Riley, who said he couldn't produce the Ashe's CD because his partner was out of town.

He also said he's always intended to refund the money, but was waiting to go to court, something he said the Ashes had threatened.

He says he will pay them $500 a month over the next three months.

The Ashes said they will accept Riley's offer in the hopes of being able to try and make a CD again.

"I'll just know better next time," Richard Ashe said.


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  • 2headstrong Jan 31, 2012

    They should make sure the company destroys the music on the hard drive mentioned in the article, to prevent its use later.

    If you can't trust them this far, don't trust them not to use your material somewhere else.

  • rwashe21 Jan 31, 2012

    Thanks to all for the well wishes. We are looking forward to continuing our Music Ministry and allowing God to use us as Kingdom Builders. (1 Chronicles 16:22 "Touch not mine Anointed and do my Prophet no harm") Elder Richard and Sharon Ashe

  • dc2000hd Jan 31, 2012

    I really hope his Dream comes true, there is so much talent, and most of the time it never gets noticed, I hope you find a recording studio that can help you reach your Dream.... Dont Give Up!!!!!

  • superman Jan 30, 2012

    First of all you should always check around make sure the company is honest and reliable before you hand over money. Only give them a partial payment. Have a written contract that states when the project is to be completed and the other essentails. A fool and his money is soon parted. They were so anxious they just walked in and put the money on the counter.

  • childofNC Jan 27, 2012

    $500 a month for 3 months says that the money wasn't put into a trust or escrow account and instead spent the money before the product was made. Not sound business practice.

  • See Chart Jan 26, 2012

    So sad that people have to take advantage of people these days
    and kind of feel "Sue me" is a way of avoiding human responsibility. A grown man who took someone's dough and then does
    not even have that 1500.00 of theirs to return is not a good
    business person,to say the least.