Meet Ashley Watson, a fast-rising, beautiful young singer-songwriter who is quickly making a name for herself with her exciting brand of pop rock music. Ashley draws from influences such as Christina Aguilera, Hayley Williams, Demi Lovato, and Nick Jonas to inspire her own playing and writing. The result is a distinctive mix of strong vocals and a young pop sound that is full of catchy hooks and rockin’ melodies.
In mid-2011, Ashley was chosen to be the lead singer for Skylark, an international symphonic rock band that has sold over 200,000 copies, played hundreds of headliner gigs and festivals, and supported major acts like Royal Hunt, Running Wild, Virgin Steel, Edguy and platinum stars like Nightwish and Dream Theater. The first Skylark album featuring Ashley was released in Japan on January 11, 2012 and featured "Sands of Time", one of Ashley's original songs. The album saw incredible success in Japan where the it stayed on the Japanese Amazon rock/metal chart for 30 days, occupying position number one for 10 days and position number two (only behind the new Van Halen release) for another 10 days. The album also reached the top 100 global chart remaining there for 15 days, reaching it's peak at number 12 and ending 32nd in the second week of January (best western act ahead of artists such as Adele and Lady Gaga). www.SkylarkRock.com
Prior to working with Skylark, Ashley had always looked for mentoring from industry experts. Multi-platinum producer, Gardner Cole (Madonna, The Jacksons, Tina Turner, Amy Grant, and more), took a then 13 year old Ashley under his wing in the recording studio to teach her how to write and record songs. In early 2011, Cole, as the president of Desert Sky Records, asked Ashley to record an EP as a member of an all girl country group called Arrowheart. Their songs can be found on iTunes.
As a child, Ashley toured with Stars on Stage, a prestigious children’s performance group who sings and dances in malls, on TV, in RV parks, for charity events, etc. “I love being on stage. I feel at home and that’s all I’ve really ever known,” Ashley states fondly. Ashley has had the opportunity to perform in a variety of places, from being featured on hometown TV stations to performing at Disneyland and the Queen Mary in California. In 2006 she was named Arizona’s National Anthem Project winner in a competition sponsored by NAMM, FENDER GUITAR, and JEEP.
Although Ashley has performed everything from Rock to Country, Ashley describes her own music as “pop with a rock edge”. It’s fun, catchy, and tells a personal story. “I like songs that I can relate to so I tend to write stories about my life experiences,” Says Ashley. “I sing all the time, it makes me feel good. Being a musician isn’t just a dream of mine, it is my life.”
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