Proclaiming God’s grace and love through Christian Classic Rock & Roll.
About Beauty From Ashes Music
Beauty From Ashes Music is a publishing company that specializes in Contemporary Christian Music. It is the publishing arm of songwriters Les Hamlett, Sandi Hamlett and for the studio project Les and Friends.
Les began playing the guitar and writing songs at the age of 12. In those early days Les wrote and published under the name of Feedem Music. In those years, from 1975 to approximately 1990, Les wrote over 100 songs, mostly in contemporary Christian styles of the time.
In 2013, after a long period of inactivity as a songwriter, God began giving Les renewed revelation and awakened the gift that laid dormant for many years. Les says “I thought that period of my life was over. I felt like the gift had been taken away and that the well had dried up.” When registering once again with ASCAP, Les found that his old publishing name Feedem Music had been taken in his absence. After prayer and consideration, he came up with the name Beauty From Ashes Music.
“Several years ago I was at a difficult place in my life. I had run away from God. My life had crashed and burned around me. It was only through confession and repentance that God was able to take what I had torn down and make something out of it that he could use. I see it as a God thing that Feedem Music was taken when I reapplied to ASCAP. Beauty From Ashes is really what my life has been all about in recent years. I see grace in a whole different way now”
The songs that Les has written over recent years are definitely colored by his recent experiences. You can see and feel the vibe of someone who has come from a position of brokenness. There seems to be two reoccurring threads woven through his newer music.
- We are all broken people and it is only by Gods grace that we stand.
- People run away from God. Often, even when things are falling apart around them, people refuse to look the Savior’s way. Why not consider Jesus?
Gifts And Talents
Acoustic and electric guitars: Began playing guitar at the age of 12
Bass Guitar: Began playing bass guitar at the age of 14
Songwriting: Began writing music at the age of 12. Writer of over 130 songs.
Dabbler of other instruments: keyboards, drums, harmonica, ukelele, mandolin.
Live Sound Reinforcement: 12 years experience leading sound reinforcement team at West Congregational Church in Haverhill, MA. Owner/operator of Covenant Sound And Lighting from 2003 to 2004.
Songwriter, artist and creative force behind the Les and Friends project.
Bass Player and composer with the DRM Band
Bass Player with the Rich Gaudreau Band
Musician at the First Congregational Church, Kingston, NH and Newton, NH campuses.
Help and facilitator of worship at several area churches
Bass, guitars and composer with Just Another Jesus Band. (1975-1979)
Bass player with Sword
Bass player with early (1990’s) iteration of the DRM Band.
Bass player with the Common Ground Band (1997-2006)
Bass player, band leader with the 1st Monday Band at the Rockingham Church, Plaistow, NH, (2011 – 2014)
Bass player for 16 years on the worship team at West Congregational Church, Haverhill, MA (1985 – 2006)
Coffee houses performing original music.
Interim bass player at the Rockingham Church, Amesbury, MA (2013)
Conceived and directed “The Music – Rock and Roll” with Haverhill Community Theatre. (1990)
Member of Winnikenni Repertoire Theatre
Conceived and directed “Come To The Waters – A Night Of Southern Gospel and Contemporary Jesus Music” (2006)
1991 Instruments Of Worship, 2014 remastered By the DRM Band: bass and acoustic guitars
2014 We Prefer The Word Vintage by the DRM Band: bass guitar
2015 Changed by The Rich Gaudreau Band: bass guitar
2015 Full Speed Ahead by Les and Friends: bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, vocals, writer, producer, engineer.
2016 Where You Lead by Les and Friends: bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, vocals, writer, producer, engineer.
2019 Nickel by Les and Friends: bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, vocals, writer, producer, engineer.
2019 Joy To The World Single (Traditional). Instrumental by Les and Friends: bass guitar, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, producer, engineer.