Singing is second nature to New Jersey native Ashlee Keating. The pop recording artist has been in the music business from a young age and at only 19 years of age, she has already accomplished what many can only dream to achieve. From being featured on Radio Disney to appearing on iCarly to opening for Demi Lovato, the blonde star is definitely on the rise to stardom.
And did I mention that Ashlee has accomplished all of this without releasing an album? The singer-songwriter is currently working on her debut album --- I can imagine her career sky-rocketing with the launch of her debut album!
Latterly, Ashlee talked to Musichel about her career thus far and ran us through her song-writing process. She also revealed her plans for the remainder of 2013 and for anyone who's found her last name a little similar to a certain Boyzone member's, read below to find out if Ashlee is related to him!
The entertainment biz is a very competitive one --- how did you first launch your career?
I started at a very young age. I was only 3 years old when I was selected to be a part of a television showcase and I sang every week. I've continued to work really hard and have been fortunate enough to see success.
When did you start professional vocal training?
Singing has always come naturally to me. As I grew and developed, I took lessons occasionally to make sure that my breathing techniques were good and that I was using my vocal cords properly.
I watched you perform at the Hollywood Christmas Parade last year. How did it feel like to be part of this highly-reputed and widely-publicised event?
Aww, thats awesome! Thanks! It was was AMAZING! I loved the crowd! There were thousands of people there! The bigger the crowd, the more I love it. I was very honoured to be a performer and to be involved with it.
What is your songwriting process like?
I usually have an idea or concept, sometimes a song title that I want to write about. I will usually collaborate with another writer or two and we throw out ideas. We'll figure out the melody and then the chorus. Sometimes I write songs completely myself so if I really have an idea, I’ll just keep writing. One time, I just started free-styling while someone played the acoustic guitar and I started doing melodies then put lyrics to it. I’m always thinking of songs to write about!
It's hard to believe that you're only 19 years old because you have already achieved so much in your career! Which was the most memorable thing you've done in your career thus far?
That's a hard question to answer. I've had so many memorable events. I would have to say it would be performing at The Hollywood Christmas Parade last year and opening for Demi Lovato at Penns Landing in Philadelphia.
The world can't wait any longer --- can you share with us more details about your upcoming album and a release date if possible?
Sorry, I am still working on that. As soon as I can share, I will be happy to!
This is a long shot because there are many Keatings in this world but are you, by any chance, related to former Boyzone member Ronan Keating?
[Laughs] I know who he is, but I am not related to him as far as I know. That would be cool though!
What plans do you have for the remainder of 2013?
There are lots of exciting things to come for the remainder of 2013! A pop song that I wrote and recorded was selected to be a part of the 52 Songs Of Happiness Campaign for Coca-Cola. I will be releasing that song soon and you will hear more about what's going on with that and the campaign, so stay tuned!
What is your favorite summer activity?
I would have to say boating and going to the beach.
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