on Folk & Beyond
Thursday, June 7, 2012
5:30 am (edt)
Born and raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, Ashley McMillen is a country-inspired singer-songwriter known for her “extraordinary vocals and powerful songwriting¹.” Ashley was most recently described by Rapunzel's Coffee and Books as "one of the most intriguing new artists to cross our stage–a veritable country music legend in the making."
In the Spring of 2011, Ashley made a lasting impression when she performed her song, “Momma,” at the C’ville Songwriter’s Circle, then quickly became connected with Charlottesville’s mind-blowing music scene. Ashley’s title track to her debut EP (released 1.27.12) “Now I Know” placed in the 2011 Songwriter’s Competition at Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books. Her song, “Attention,” is featured on Oasis Manufacturing’s 2012 Country and Roots Radio sampler and her tracks are played in retail businesses across North America through Mood Media Radio. Recently, Ashley won the Mockingbird (Staunton, VA) All Star Open Mic Night, landing her a spot to open for a national headlining act, tbd. In addition to constant performances and appearances, she will compete in the Texaco Country Showdown in August. Ashley frequents Hitkicker 99.7 Central Virginia's Country Radio, 91.9 WNRN, 106.1 The Corner, 92.9 FM WVHL Kickin' Country, and U92 FM West Virginia University Radio and is played in rotation on numerous college and independent radio stations throughout the country.
Ashley has performed in front of crowds into the thousands and her audience has ranged from county fairs to coffee shops, indie record labels to stage performances at Disneyworld. Ashley’s energy and inviting personality shines on stage, as does her love for music and sharing her story through songwriting. Ashley’s start with music began at age 8 when she convinced her parents to rent a violin so that she could play in the school orchestra. She played the violin for years and sang at church, family functions, and vocal competitions. As a teen, she found her mother’s Epiphone buried in a closet, covered in dust, and taught herself guitar. Years later, Ashley wrote her first song, “A Dream,” driving to school one winter evening. The song was scribbled on a paper napkin, a trend that Ashley continues to follow to this day.