Ashton's creative roots are in music performance and composition. He grew up playing violin in the Southwest Youth Symphony and learning guitar on the side. He later learned to play piano, bass guitar, drum set, harmonica, and accordion. He has written and recorded many of his own songs/arrangements, staged two of his original one-act musicals, and has worked as a music director. Recent music directing credits include "A Chorus Line" and "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" at Marymount Manhattan College.