Pursuing a career in the music industry is one of those farfetched goals that seldom come to fruition, but for Ash; ignoring her passion for music was not an option. The 28-year-old songstress has been on a long journey of discovery, self-love and learning the business behind the glamourous music industry. As one of the back up singers for Janelle Monae, she has been granted an amazing opportunity to experience the dog-eat-dog industry first hand, but after four years of living in the shadows of someone else’s dreams, the Ohio native has made a bold decision to fulfill her dreams of becoming an acclaimed solo artist.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio Ash has always been musically inclined, but never imagined that she could pursue it as a professional career. In 2005, she moved to Atlanta on a full scholarship to Spelman College where she initially declared her chemical engineering major. Ash eventually realized that her heart was not in the field she chose, which is when she decided to change her major to theater and music. Although her parents were concerned with her drastic switch, she knew that she had to give it a shot.
Upon graduation in 2009, Ash landed some extra gigs with Tyler Perry, but they were barely enough to jumpstart her career. After months of auditioning and waiting by the phone, Ash finally received a call that would change her life forever. A call from Janelle Monae’s music director, which led to her 4-year stint singing backup for the grammy-winning superstar. During her last year singing with Janelle Monae, Ash’s father was very ill and one of his last wishes was for her to start making her own music again. She decided that she was going to do just that and in 2015, she released her debut project The Perfect EP. Fortunately, her father was able to hear her solo project before he passed—and shortly after she decided to share it with the world.
Ash chatted with PYNK Magazine about her new EP and her journey as a new artist. Listen to the EP sampler below and get to know the mid-western songstress on the following pages as she discusses her five-year-plan, the struggles that she faces as an aspiring solo artist, and what we can expect from The Perfect EP.