Tell us your real names, country of birth, date of birth and childhood experience.

Ashlynne Vince

Born in Welland, ON, Canada

June 19, 1997

One of my earliest memories of performing was when I got to be Mary in the Christmas play at church. All I had to do was hold the baby doll….but I did it with all my heart and almost squished baby Jesus. Something I remember is the feeling of having all eyes on you when you’re on the stage, knowing that the audience is waiting to see what you will do next….that feeling has stayed with me.

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Tell us about your music career, band name, musical background, experience and skills.

I started singing at open mics when I was 13 years old. When I was 15 I was chosen to join an established Tribute Act as their opener in a Taylor Swift Tribute. This was my first taste at making a little money while I did what I love to do the most! At 15 my mom brought me to Nashville where she paid the bands to let me get up and sing….now, 5 years later, I AM THE BAND ….I perform daily on Lower Broadway in Nashville at Tootsies, Rippys or Honky Tonk Central.

When I was 16, I wrote enough of my own original songs to put together an album, which I recorded in Nashville at Catch This Music (CTM Studios). I worked with some of the top session players in town – Guthrie Trapp, Rory Hoffman, Paul Kramer, Steve Holland (to name a few).

At 17, I was signed to Plateau Music and briefly tested the pop world. I released 2 songs to radio, both made it on the top 40 Billboard Indicator Charts and stayed there for 8 weeks. As a result of my pop music life, I became a member of the Recording Academy and attended the 58th Grammys, by invitation.

By 18, I realized that I needed to stay true to my roots, and my musical roots, so I re-visited country music and have released 3 songs to Canadian Country Radio with my fourth scheduled to come out in January, 2018.

During the time I was 18, 19 ;I performed as one of the Clifton Hill Niagara Falls artists…. I played daily at one of these venues during the summer months –  Hard Rock Café, Kelseys, Niagara Brewing Company, the Hilton, the Sheraton, or on  Coca-Cola Stage

Although I now live full-time in Nashville, I remain true to my Canadian roots.

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Tell us about your genre, concept and idea behind your music video and the song.

The song, “No Boys Allowed”, was written by my mom and I. We often write together – I come up with the riff, and beginning of the lyrics, and she usually helps my fix the language up (she’s an English teacher). “No Boys Allowed” is a song about the girls having a night out on the town without the boys…..because all the boys and men in my life seem to have quite a few “nights out with the boys”, and it seems as though the only time the women went out was when they were with the boys….so that concept is an attempt at a funny way to address equality.

The video was formed in my hometown of Welland and at the local bar where my dad and brothers like to hang out. The concept is that in this situation, the boys find out the ladies are going out and they try to find a way to be included.

The genre is country music –

This song and video gained me a spot to open for Brett Kissel on his Ice, Snow, 30 Below Tour. Brett has been the CCMA Male Vocalist of the year in Canada for the past 2 years.

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Tell us everything that we need to know about you as a musician and the ups and downs you have faced in the music business.

The ups in music are the other musicians and artists that you meet along the way – the downs in the business are the musicians and artists that you meet along the way.

I’ve been very fortunate to work with a solid group of artists and musicians – people that have continued to support me and encourage me. There have been many mentors along the way who have given me great advice, and really taken the time to help me learn and perfect my craft. However; I have run across a few who work very hard to tear down, or try to discourage, not only me, but others who are working hard to be successful at their art. Perhaps it’s a very competitive field, and this can create an environment of (jealousy, gossip etc).  But I have learned that it’s a small circle, and the worst thing that an artist could do would be to burn bridges. So I work hard at being as supportive as possible to other artists, to sharing what I know and what I am learning, to buy CDS and show that type of support, and to attend venues that are playing live music. I think these principles apply to life – not only to music. Choose Kind.

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Tell us about other members of your band, music producer, crew or music video director, how the song was recorded and how the music video was shot.

“No Boys Allowed” was produced by Dean Malton. I’ve worked with Dean on several projects and he has such a range of experience in the music field, not only is he a producer, but he’s also a song-writer and a performer. He also is the house engineer for Dead Mau5 – which is a completely different genre, but shows his diversity.

We used Shane Gussey on the track – Shane won special instrument of the year at the CCMAs for the past several years. He’s amazing. All of the musicians on the session are very talented and they are all Canadians.

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Tell us how long you have been in the music industry, your experience and your future goal.

I’ve been working professionally, for the last 4 years. I have reached a few of my goals which were to put out an album with my original work, to release to radio in both the USA and Canada, and to find full-time work as one of the performers in Nashville. In the future, I would love to get onto a tour with a prominent Canadian Country artist. Although I have performed in the summer Festival circuit, I haven’t been on a tour yet, so that’s the next thing I am working towards.

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Tell us what inspires you to write, compose and sing.

Real life inspires me. My songs are experiences I have had or would like to have. Music is an expression and an extension of who I am. If you wonder what’s going on in my life….just listen to my songs.

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Tell us the secret behind making a hit song.

Of course you have to consider catchy music (ear-worms) and a catchy tag line, or hook….but I think the real key is to write in such a way that the entire audience identifies with an aspect of truth in what you’re saying. They need to be able to relate. They need to feel as though the song perfectly expresses what they feel but haven’t been able to put into words.

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Tell us the message you will like to pass to your fans out there.

I think people need to know that they have value and each person has a unique gift. I come from a family of 4 kids. My mom home-schooled us for part of our education and she really made sure we all knew that we each had something individual to pursue. As a result, my older brother went to law school, my next brother is a hard worker and just bought his first house at the age of 21, me – I have my music, and my younger sister is the athlete and plays on high level travel teams for soccer and basketball.

We all sing, play sports, did well academically ….but we also all found what we excelled at, and followed our own dreams…..not the dreams of someone else.

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Tell the kind of advice you will give to an upcoming artist.

I would encourage a young artist to get out and sing as much as possible – open mics, local gigs, back yard parties. Also, work hard – pound the pavement!  Speak to bar owners, learn how to talk about what you have to offer.

It’s also really important to talk to others in the business who have been around for a while. Their experience and knowledge is so valuable – it’s important to have a mentor who you trust.

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Elaborate on your music careers, albums, songs, tours, recognition or awards you might have obtained.

My first notable award was when I won the Rising Star Award at the Niagara Music Awards. I was 14 years old, just getting started, and couldn’t have been more excited to receive that honor. Also, charting on the Billboard Indicator Charts felt like a huge award to me….when you grow up knowing that Billboard is one of the measurements for a good song, it’s a pretty great feeling.

I’ve done some of the Summer Festival season in Canada – I was chosen as one of the Spotlight Artists for Trackside Music Festival (London, ON), I was chosen to headline at Billy Barker Days (Quesnel, BC), and I’ve played at other great venues as an opener – ScotiaCenter opening for Aliki (Britain’s Got Talent Winner), opened for Brett Kissel, invited to headline for Rodgers Hometown Hockey (hosted by Ron Mclean and broadcast nationally)

I’m waiting to hear news about this coming Festival Season…. I won’t be doing as much in Canada this summer as I have steady work in Nashville, but I might try to get home for a few of our local festivals…that way I can see my friends and family as well.

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List Radio or TV Stations that are airing your songs and blogs that have featured you as well and send message to them via this platform.

As of Week 11 of the radio campaign – here are the stations playing Ashlynne’s song:   CHAW  CHGA CICX CKHV CKOK CKYY

CBC Radio C CJBB

Canadian Beats

CHMM  CKBN CKTI

CIBW CIXM CJVR

CKVE CHRQ CICR

CHES CIFA CFID

CKWT CJFN CJNC

CHGL CIBN CIGN

CHIP CJLR CKLB

Country Barnyard

CHMO CIPI CHPN

CKBI CJNB CJNS

CJQC CIRL

 

Featured:

CHAW – Little Current, ON CICX – Orillia, ON

CHMM – Mackenzie, BC CIXM – Whitecourt, AB

CJVR – Melfort, SK

CKBI – Prince Albert, SK, CJNB – North Battleford, SK

CJNS – Meadow Lake, SK

 

Considering

CKOA CJDL

 

Watching Numbers:

CHBD CKWD CISN

CKRY CFCY CKEN

CFAB CKAD CKDY CKDH CHFX CJCB CFAN CFBC CKTG CKDK  CKON CKRM CHBZ CFRK CKYC

CFDC CKLB CHTD

CHSJ STINGRAY

CJWF CFXO CHLB

CIGV CJKC STINGRAY

CKMW CJXR CFRY

CKSW CJSN CILG

CFSL CJSL CHVO

CJXL CJOK CHAT

CIKZ CJQM CKAT

CKBY CKXC CFNA

CJCI CIVH CIFJ

CIFL CKCQ CKWL

CKBX CFCO  CKYL

CKHL  CJHK  CKQM

CJBQ CHVR CFQX

CKXA  CINC CIUR

CJDC CJFW

 

Agreed to Listen:

CKVG CKLJ

Trans Radio Canada

AccuCountry Internet Radio

 

Here are the stations that did on-the-air interviews: Interviews and CCMA Introductions:

In The Country – Sep 26

CHVO, St John’s, NL – Sep 8

CFWE, Edmonton, AB – Sep 8

CHCQ, Belleville, ON – Sep 8

CFRK, Fredericton, NB – Sep 8

CKBI, Prince Albert, SK – Sep 8

CKSW, Swift Current, SK – Sep 8

CJVR, Melfort, SK – Oct 4

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Tell us how you write your lyrics, compose, sing and record in the studio.

Lyrics are written according to life situations. If I have a strong emotional response to something (happy, sad, angry) then that’s a pretty good clue that I need to write a song about it. Song-writing helps me work through my feelings.

When I get to the studio, I usually have everything worked out lyrically…. I also have an idea about which instruments I’d like to use for which song, and if the song is full production, or acoustic style. Of course, my producer always contributes his ideas and they are usually really great – between the two of us (and sometimes along with the session players) we decide how the session will go. After the session, we sometimes go through a few changes during the mixing session… things like “this needs a little fiddle on it….or less snare….or why don’t we add a little sax” … the last step is to fix any vocals that might be a little off. Overall….making a production goes through many phases and the process can’t be rushed.

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Name five biggest artists that you like.

Brandi Carlile was my biggest influence. I love her song-writing and vocal style and I love that she’s an indie artist who has been able to stay true to her art.

Brett Kissel is not only an amazing country artist; he’s a beautiful human – kind, generous, and hard-working. He always reaches down to help out upcoming artists. I love that.

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Name the artists you have collaborated with before in your songs or artists you are willing to collaborate with in the future if you have the chance to do so.

I’ve shared the stage with Brett Kissel, Kane Brown, Randy Houser, Aliki, Jess Moskaluk (in festival settings) and then I work with so many top musicians in Nashville – one notable name is Mitch Rossell, who is currently on tour with Garth and wrote “Ask Me How I Know” – Mitch is also one of the Tootsies Performers where I sing daily.

In the future…..I don’t even know….I have so much respect for fellow artists, it’s hard to pin-point just one or two. I think I would love to be a part of a ladies trio like Pistol Annies, or Dixie Chicks – to collaborate and incorporate harmonies would be something I would love. I like being a frontman….but I also love singing harmonies….so maybe something like that in the future!!

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Give us the links to your website and your entire social network.

 

Website

 

Facebook

 

Instagram

 

Twitter

 

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Give us the links to your various stores for fans to buy your music.

 

iTunes

 

Google Play

 

 

Spotify

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Tell us about your happiest day and saddest day.

Happiest and saddest are extremes…..I like to stay kinda in the middle.

However; a very sad day for me was when my papa died. My brothers came to my school to tell me and my family was all waiting at his house. It’s a memory I don’t like to revisit.

A very happy day for me was the day of my brother’s wedding. He was the first of us kids to get married and we love his wife very much. Also, that was my first time being IN a wedding, so the whole experience was really special.

A happy-sad day was pulling out of my driveway when I moved to Nashville. Although I was excited to start this chapter, I am really close to my family, so I knew that I would miss them all very much. Thankfully, they love Nashville and have already been here to visit several times since I moved here.

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Tell us how you will spend a million dollars.

If I had a million dollars…. I would buy a house in Nashville, so everyone would have a place to stay when they visited and it would need to have a horse because my mom and sister love to ride. If there was any money left it would go right back into my music. It’s very expensive to record and it doesn’t always turn into a profit even once you have your cds ready ….so I’m still at the stage where I need to keep making financial investments into my music in order to get to that next level where I am making a profit. These are the building years between broke and rich (Sugarland has a great song about this – Baby Girl).


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