AshleYYY | We Create Music TV Interview
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by B. Vaughan with We Create Music TV. This was a fun interview, I was able to be authentically ME! ??? Hope you guys enjoy it!
Today we’d like to introduce you to AshleYYY.
Thanks for sharing your story with us AshleYYY. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Let me just cut to the chase & give you the pivotal moments. =)
I remember sitting on the swing, singing Aaliyah’s “Back & Forth” with my best friend, on the swing set next to me. It was that day I made up in my mind that I wanted to be a Singer. That was 2nd grade.
For years, I performed in my room. My mother could not get me to sing in front of the family. I was too shy & too scared. Music videos were my training. I taught myself how to move. It wasn’t until my junior year in high school, at a random house party; that I bust out dancing – and SHOWED OUT! Everyone was amazed. I was shocked, I had finally done it!
I took that same zeal into my college career. Everyone knew me as “the Dancer.” I had finally given myself PERMISSION to be just that. Postgrad, I continued teaching & performing as a dancer. I also began doing lots of karaoke. That too was my training.
One early morning, I traveled to Illinois with my buddies to audition for a new TV show, “The X-Factor.” I made it to the next round & had to stay an extra night, by myself. I wasn’t picked, though. I cried in the taxi cab on the way back to the train station. I promised myself that if I wasn’t gonna be on TV, I had to post my very first YouTube video, singing.
Once I shared my videos, I received so much love & support from friends & family. I was relieved. Happy. Again, I had finally done it! Not too long after, an acquaintance of mine reached out and asked, “Have you ever thought about a singing career?” My response was, “Yes! All the time! Lol” That same person became my manager, mentor & one of my biggest supporters. Here I am, eight years later, still actually DOING what I love the most! I AM a Singer. It took me a long time to start walking in my gifts. I thank God for every experience that has got me to this place. As much as it tries to creep back up, I REFUSE to let fear stop me from living all of my dreams & being successful doing it!
Has it been a smooth road?
Hell no. (oops!) I believe my biggest obstacle has been me vs me. It’s very easy to see exactly what I want in my mind, but then another to actually DO alllll of those things, and figure out HOW to put them into action. I’ve learned that my same bad habits as a child & student have stayed with me throughout my adulthood. Once that “high” is gone or I’ve accomplished something and think I’m in a good place, it’s then on ME to push myself further. It’s on ME to not get complacent. It’s on ME to not procrastinate, to not look around at everyone else, to set my OWN timeline, get out of my head, motivate myself along the way, and EXECUTE!
Nobody really teaches you how to be an entrepreneur. I’ve been so accustomed to going to school (doing homework, reporting to a teacher) and working a job (clocking in, reporting to a hire up). As annoying as all of that was/still is, it has been my norm. So then, to be the face of my own brand and have to delegate those same tasks to MYSELF becomes a conflict when I’ve trained myself to move a different way, unconsciously. I can’t wait around for someone to give me a task anymore! Ha! So, the challenge is relearning. The challenge is self-discipline. The challenge is to change my way of thinking, know exactly what I want (and don’t want), practice great habits, execute every goal & repeat until it becomes my new norm.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am a recording artist. =) I’m a singer, songwriter & dancer. (Hence the 3 “Y’s” in my name.) I believe I’m best known for my showmanship! I SHINE when I am on stage. I pride myself on stage presence and being able to sing live & dance at the same time. My goal is for every show to be better than the last. People are definitely attracted to the way I move. I specialize in hip hop & improvisation. I have a minor in Dance and 14+ years of experience as a dancer/performer.
I have to say I’m very proud of myself as a songwriter. I had no idea I’d be writing my own songs. I just knew I wanted to sing! I find I’m the most vulnerable when I write my thoughts down. The beautiful thing about music is that I can tell all of my truth, but in an artistic way that feels somewhat, safe enough to share with the world. Then when I hit the stage, I gotta be in tune with every emotion all over again.
I believe I stand out as an artist because I bring all of those skills together to then showcase. And I do it very well. Praise God.
What are your plans for the future? What are you looking forward to or planning for – any big changes?
Music =) Right now, I’m putting my next project together. I’m antsy, excited (and overwhelmed) just thinking about the release! Haha. In between time, I will continue hosting my dance classes! I really enjoy being a choreographer and teaching others not just dance, but also confidence/stage presence.
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HEY WORLD!! Oh how I’ve missed you! 🙂 If you’re reading this, WELCOME BACK to a new & improved AshleYYY.com and Thank You for being here. We are already half way through 2017! Omg. I’m so glad the hot weather is here… now I just need to go shopping for the appropriate attire. (I’m still in sweatpants and jeans. Smh.)
Well, the last 5 months have been very interesting to say the least lol, and definitely full of new experiences. My birthday is at the top of the year, so I always have lots to reflect on. Prior to my birthday, I was reminded just how effective it is to write down your greatest heart’s desires. So the night before my birthday, I wrote a letter to myself. I wrote down all of the things I wanted, desired to be, where I want to go, and what I want to see in my life. As my thoughts kept flowing, I began to write in present tense, as if everything had already come to completion. I was claiming things as though they were. It felt good. It left me with a greater sense of hope & more to look forward to this year.
Believe it or not, I started to see some of those very things come to fruition. It was awesome! But my work wasn’t done. Faith without works is dead; right? We can ask God for something all day, but if we don’t put our faith into action, then we’re just waiting on Him to do all of the work, when we have to do our part, too! I believe God will give you what you ask Him for, but it comes with a price. Not only will you have to challenge yourself & do things that you’ve Never Done Before, but you’ll also be responsible for what it is He’s given you.
“We change our desires by changing what we give our attention to.”
For a while, I was in a bit of a transition/trying/learning phase, both professionally & personally. Now I find myself feeling more at peace. I feel more confident & optimistic about the decisions I’ve made, my goals, and opportunities I’ve committed to. Every so often I have to go back and read what I wrote out loud… or stop and take a look at what I put on the vision board hanging in my bedroom. I gotta keep what I want before my eyes and on my lips. So when you see me posting all these scriptures & quotes, it’s not just to help motivate you, but to push myself as well! In due time, I’ll be able to reveal what’s in the works & share more of my experiences with you all. For now, let’s just say… my mind is at ease, I’m still smiling, I’m putting the work in & expecting God to show out! 🙂 Yasss!!
My Lord… Ya’ll just don’t know how much I am ITCHING to share these new sounds with you! I’ve been in a creative space for months and still going. I’m taking my time. I don’t know how long it will take me to complete, but I REFUSE to get off track. I am striving for perfection and can’t wait until it’s ready to reveal. In the meantime, let’s jam out to some familiar tunes, shall we?…
“Steal from the best, but make it your own.” -Tyra Banks
I decided to add some spice to Drake’s “Fake Love” and totally rEmiX “T-Shirt” by Migos. Now the latter song is special to me because it comes from a real place. I remember listening to the original song and being so captivated by the melodies and the repetition of the lyrics, “Mama told me.” As I sat at my dining room table ready to write, those lyrics started to stick with me. I wanted to take those words and elaborate on what it really means to listen & learn from your mother. So I wrote my own version and titled it, “Mama Told Me.” Big shout-out to ALL the mothers handlin’ they business E-VER-RY-DAY! Thank You Mama.
“Always find a way to do what you love the most.”
I’ve been creating more frequently! (I’m so proud) Not only is it fun to just be able to sing & dance to all of my favorite songs, but I also enjoy spending time on the presentation of it all. I just have a ball editing videos! Lol I don’t have a studio in my home (yet!), nor do I rent studio space every time I want to dance, so I create from home. I think sometimes limitations force you to be creative. 🙂 Check out some of my latest work HERE. Follow me on Instagram for fun snippets & motivation! And please don’t hesitate to send me your requests! I love a challenge.
As always, I am grateful for all of you who continue to support me. If you are a newbie, Welcome! I’m happy to have you. Be sure to Subscribe HERE for everything AshleYYY… music, blogs, merch, events, AshleYYY Diaries & more! Thank You for being a part of this journey… Let’s ride!!
“Be Thankful. Choose To Be Positive. Keep Smiling. Be Kind. Walk In Your Purpose. Do The Work. Speak What Does Not Yet Exist & Expect Greatness!“
I’ll be performing live at the One Love One Mic event for Streetz 94.5! You don’t wanna miss this show.
Get your tickets here: [rps-paypal] Check out more information and directions to the event from your desktop HERE.
Culture Shoes released their 3rd edition in support of Homelessness:
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Culture is a shoe brand made from the finest Italian leather and is produced in the famous Italian Shoe Valley in Le Marche, Italy. “I create fashion and products infused with, and inspired by Hip Hop,” says the founder of Culture, Edward Griffin. Fashion and Hip Hop are very powerful medias and Culture realizes its prowess in creating a brand that goes beyond Hip Hop and embraces all cultures. Yes, Hip Hop in itself is a culture, it’s the way people walk, talk, dress, look etc. Culture plans to make an impact on the sneaker industry by creating high quality shoes for men and women while also bridging the gap between a person’s way of living, being fashionable and trendsetting, while representing their culture with a purpose. Everyone celebrates their culture in different ways; the backwards e represents the uniqueness in all of us.
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Hi everyone!! I’m so excited & pleased to announce this awesome collaboration! I met singer-songwriter, Diamonn, at last year’s Writing Sessions Retreat in Atlanta, GA. She & I clicked right away and I’m so thankful to finally be working with her! This is the first time (both of us) has ever worked with another female artist! Lol so this was a new experience. There’s something so beautiful about women coming together – we can relate, learn from each other & bring something different to the table as artists.
THANK YOU Diamonn for your gift, your drive, being willing to collaborate and create something so special. I know how proud we both are about this remake! lol and I can’t WAIT for the rest of world to hear it. 🙂 Much Love ~
So here it is World, our official cover/remake to Jamie Foxx & Chris Brown’s “You Changed Me.”
Check Out the official video soon!
AshleYYY pours out her frustrations on the dance floor to her lyrically, vulnerable piece, “Why You Come For Me?” She finally gives up on her unhealthy relationship & is consoled by her friends & the beat of the music.
Download ‘Why You Come For Me?’ on iTunes: http://bit.ly/whyyoucomeforme
Music Video by AshleYYY performing Why You Come For Me? © 2015 HHUCIT Music Group.
VENUE: Dazed Arts, Atlanta, GA (@DazedArtsATL)
VIDEOGRAPHER/DIRECTOR: Mustafa Mahdi (@MustafaMahdiDirector)
CO-DIRECTOR: Edward Griffin (@hiphopucit)
ACTOR: Troy Richardson (@Trizz_Raw)
DANCERS: Mychala Ward (@XanderBleu) & Marquita Sanders (@_Choc___)
CHOREOGRAPHERS: Pytron Parker (@PayParker) & AshleYYY (@AshleYYYMusic)
MAKE UP ARTIST: Mychala Ward (@XanderBleu)
SNEAKERS BY: Culture Shoes (@CultureShoes)
SPECIAL THANKS TO: Edward, Gerald, Byron, Pytron & Saleema for all of their hard work on set! We did it! #TeamAshleYYY #WYCFM first music video filmed in Atlanta!
Mark your calendars Atlanta… Next show Saturday, Feb. 7th! I’ll be performing LIVE at Apache Cafe for Music & Soul 5 you don’t wanna miss it! 18 and older to attend. Get more show details and directions to the venue HERE.
Nationwide – November 25, 2014 — It’s a testament to AshleYYY’s fearlessness. This past year the triple threat singer, songwriter and dancer AshleYYY has written songs regularly, recorded multiple features, performed on many stages while not only honing her craft but continuing to build her brand. In the midst of all that, with anticipation building over the last year for new music, AshleYYY has quietly made her way into the studio to record her latest single “Why You Come For Me?” which has been made available to the world today November 25, 2014. It’s not a ballad, nor is it a dance track. It’s a good mixture of both, with vulnerable lyrical content. “Why You Come For Me?” is a story that will paint a picture for you, she describes this song as an “honest piece.”
“It’s funny; I’ve realized how much the “true story” songs end up being so much easier to write. I remember writing the majority of this piece back in 2012, and just how easy the lyrics seemed to fall on the page.”
AshleYYY has the ability to tug on people’s emotions with her strong ballads and her aim with this single is no different. Although this one isn’t a ballad, her focus is and has always been on making great music that people can relate to while continuing to grow in every aspect of being an artist.
“I want to be an artist who stands behind her music and knows what she wants, and knows exactly how she wants it to sound…without feeling some type of way about it when more work has to be done. (laughs) #TeamAshleYYY Always striving for greatness.”
With her new single “Why You Come For Me?” ready and available for the world to hear, AshleYYY looks to have her “honest” music fall on the ears, hearts and minds of all that can relate.
For more on Why You Come For Me? single release and for business or bookings contact Edward Griffin at [email protected] 414.208.4694.
A bold addition to a traditional name, AshleYYY, will capture your attention at a moment’s notice. Accomplished singer, songwriter, dancer and former professional NBA dancer AshleYYY is a musical force whose range and talent will not just dominate R&B, but can span any genre including pop music, hip-hop, country, rock and more. Based out of Milwaukee but currently residing in Atlanta, AshleYYY is ready to empower the music scene with her universal charm that appeals to the masses.