James Asher is an English multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and pioneer of New Age music. Growing up in a musical family gave Asher a strong love and early appreciation for music. His father taught him how to read music, and Asher began playing the violin at age seven. By age twelve, he was learning how to play drums and piano. This organically led to a deep yearning to learn how to further learn, record, and experiment with music. He first opened his own studio and released his first single in 1979, primarily focusing on creating music for the commercial soundtrack industry. Just nine years later, Asher released his first full-length album, The Great Wheel. After signing with New Earth Records in 1996, Asher released Feet in the Soil, which combined the African percussion, Australian aboriginal music, and electronic programming. According to Bhikkhu Schober, the president of New Earth Records, Feet in the Soil has sold nearly 200,000 copies overall.