ALPHARETTA, Ga. – Alpharetta is the home town to the newest pop starlet on the music scene.
Named “Ashlé,” she is about to drop her debut album, “Layers of Flavor.” Her first single, “Bad Boy Blue Eyes,” was released April 7.
The 16-year-old said she got into music at an early age.
“I’ve always loved music and writing songs,” she said.
She started in the choir of her local church, Alpharetta First United Methodist Church. Her first song was written at age six. Music has been her goal in life, and now she is on the verge of entering the industry.
“I just want to live my dream,” she said.
All of the songs in her album, “Layers of Flavor,” are written and created by her, so they all have meaning to Ashlé. For instance, a victim of bullying herself, one song deals with that topic.
“I was bullied,” she said. “Instead of being depressed, I wrote an uplifting song telling people they can get through it.”
Despite coming so far, the process of making and releasing an album is daunting, she said.
“I’ve learned so much about music and the business,” Ashlé said. “I thought it would be quick and easy and that [the album] would be out a year ago. I’ve learned about myself. You have to believe in yourself more than anything. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will.”
The “Layers of Flavor” has taken two years to create and mixes genres of all kinds – pop, hip-hop, R&B and more. The album is family-friendly, Ashlé said, and made in the hopes the adults will find the songs just as catchy as their kids.
“I try to make music for everybody, but it’s coming from a teenage girl’s mindset,” she laughed.
She picks out beats from online sources and then creates lyrics to go with them.
“I get the storyline and the melody after I find the right beat,” she said.
But her career will take a team.
Her mother, Kimberly, is a co-writer, and helps in many aspects of Ashlé’s career.
“If I didn’t like the music it would be hard,” she said. “To sit in a studio for hours and go all over takes a lot.”
Ashlé receives vocal lessons from Erica Hoffman of Jan Smith Studios. “Mama” Jan Smith has worked with the likes of Usher and Justin Bieber.
Her producer and mentor, Selasi Duse of Crossfade Studios, mixes the music together to fit Ashlé’s personal flair. Duse has worked with such prominent musicians as Grammy Award winner Kandy Burruss.
All this talent and work has gone to create the album and its single, titled “Bad Boy Blue Eyes,” about that one boy all the girls want.
“I’m really excited my first single is out,” Ashlé said. “All the girls like bad boys.”
The single was released April 7.
The advice she gives to other potential starlets is to never give up.
“Believe in yourself and be true to yourself. If you don’t give up, anything is possible.”
“Layers of Flavor” will release later in the year, but the first single, “Bad Boy Blue Eyes,” is out now. It is available from all major music outlets, including iTunes, Amazon and ReverbNation.
For more about Ashlé and her upcoming album, as well as to order her new single, visit www.therealashle.com.