I’m going to share something with you today that I don’t want you to keep a secret. I repeat, DO NOT KEEP THIS A SECRET. You need to share it with everyone. I like to stay in the know when it comes to music, I am so glad that the lovely Ashley J’s Satisfied EP landed in my inbox. This girl is fire!!!
The first track on the had me dancing in my chair. This carried on through each track. Satisfied EP is a must for your playlist. It’s dance, workout, getting ready to go out on a Friday night, road trip and more type of music. The EP features five tracks. Ashley, collaborated with many established producers to create this amazing body of work including Lucas & Adrian Rezza, Jamie Sellers, and Warwick Matthews.
Ashley J is a three-time Billboard charting artist. Her voice… amazing!! It is definitely worth mentioning that multiple singles off the EP have topped the European Independent Music Charts. “Trapped” holding #1 for four weeks in a row.
I’ll first start off with my favorite track is the title track, “Satisfied”. It is a magical creation. Ashley’s voice is clear, crisp, powerful. Everything about this track is grand. It makes you want to sing, dance, and you can get work done listening to it. On this track, Ashley worked with multi-platinum, Grammy & Emmy-winning Narada Michael Walde, who called Ashely “a real American sweetheart with a big voice and lots of energy! She has soul and her beautiful smile lights up the room.”
Another track that is a must mention is “Unbreakable”. Uptempo beat, great vocals, a get-up, and dance song. This is the I’m going to be alright after a breakup song. The lyrics are wonderful, it’s a positive message. Something many songs lack these days.
It is definitely a treat, listen to this amazing EP. Sometimes a song resonates with you, this whole EP does that. Track after track is great. You can also hear the hard work put into making it. I can’t wait to hear what Ashley J does next.
About Ashley J
Ashley J grew up listening to wide range of musical genres and pop greats like Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Christina Aguilera and Michael Jackson, to legendary country stars Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton (who she cites as her all-time musical hero). She attended the Dr. Phillips High School of Performing Arts in Orlando and showcased her innate singing and dancing talents performing lead roles in the school’s theatre and musical productions – and was also active in her church choir and theatre productions.
At first glance, Ashley J exuded a vivacious and seductive youthful energy that’s wrapped in her free-flowing blonde locks and natural good looks. However, beneath her eye-pleasing visual facade, she has a fascinatingly diverse background artistically and musically and packs a wallop of a voice that fuses an infectious blend of vocal dexterity, moods, and range. She tempers her vocal prowess with poignant lyrics and kindred soul as an emerging songwriter and singer. The Satisfied EP is the next step in the incredible journey to self-empowerment that Ashley has embarked on through her music.
Written with producers Lucas and Adrian Rezza, Ashley J looks at the EP’s title track as the point of a relationship where one is on cloud nine, in that perfect moment. She herself describes it as “…more creative and big house sound than my other jams. It’s very vocally stretching and quite whole sounding.” And in true Ashley J fashion, the song brought her emotions to the forefront and allowed her to “be at peace while writing it.”
On a chance meeting legendary songwriter, producer, and multi-platinum Grammy and Emmy winning, Narada Michael Walden produced Ashley’s hit steamy single. The song was recorded at his famed Tarpan Studio complex in San Rafael, CA. Laced with mid-tempo snaps, shadowy synths, and soft whispers; “Trapped” highlights a deep infatuation with a new partner. Ashley’s sultry pipes gradually building a gravitating tension throughout the song, until it hits the exciting and uncontrollable bridge which reveals her scintillating and broad vocal range. “Trapped” was released in May 2017 independently on Ashley J’s own production company imprint, Bombshell Music, Inc.
Walden, who has produced a slew of hit records for vocal superstar Diva’s like Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, and the late Whitney Houston, among others, gives the burgeoning songstress a five-star rating.
Ashley J’s devotion to songwriting that has jettisoned and fueled the embryonic stages of her artistic career so far. As a precocious little girl, she started writing songs on her bathroom walls, much to the chagrin of her parents, who were constantly forced to repaint her lyrical scribbles. However, she proved it wasn’t just a childhood dalliance, and over the past several years she has built a catalog of over 100 songs. Two brand new tracks from this list, “Like You Used To” and “When I Come Home To You” are featured on the EO and being considered for single releases later this year.
“I love a lot of different styles of music.” says Ashley J, “but contemporary pop is the best genre fit for me, and I feel it allows me to have free range as a songwriter/singer.”
She eased her way into the contemporary pop year last year with her debut video supported single release, “Dare Ya,” which helped to galvanize a burgeoning fan base and signaled her commitment to making pop her signature genre.
While Ashley was busy cutting her teeth as a songwriter and performer, she also managed to earn a BA degree in Business Law from the University of North Texas. While initially attending the University of Tulsa, she also had a brief foray in writing and recording a couple of country music tracks in Nashville. She later traveled to Los Angeles, where she wrote and recorded a couple of solo dance songs “One and One” (charted in Billboard’s Top 20 Dance Chart) and “Cali” (which reached the Top 10 on the same chart).
Ashley J is ready to write a new chapter in her musical journey. She’s come a long way from those bathroom wall scribbles and primed to become a revered figure in the world of pop music.
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