If you haven’t heard of her yet, get ready. Ashley Sailer is a singer from Austin, TX with the potential to blow the music world away with her soul, blues and jazz inspired sound and a voice that commands the attention of your ear drums. Her music career is just taking off as Ashley performs in shows around Texas. Her first EP was released entitled “For Me, For You” and Ashley hopes to have an album out by Summer 2014. We are honored to have her as our Musical Lady Lennia!
What makes you an expert in the musical world?
I wouldn’t consider myself an expert by any means, but I think between my education and years of raw experience performing, I’ve developed a pretty good grasp on how things work in the musical world. I majored in music business and interned for Sony, which gave me a lot of really vital information on how the business worked, but I’d say most of my knowledge has actually come from failing and learning from those mistakes. I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning about the musical world. Even within the past decade or so that I’ve been a part of it, it has changed exponentially – I can only imagine what it will look like ten years from now.
If you had a personal mission statement, what would it be?
Failure is intrinsic and should be embraced! When I remove all fear from the equation, I take more risks; and it’s usually the risks that turn out to be my best creations. (Both in and outside of music)
What area of music do you specialize in? Is there a specific reason why you picked that area?
I grew up playing classical piano and singing in choirs, and over time felt restricted and bored. The music I listened to was more along the lines of The Dead and Zeppelin, which was so free and soulful. I gradually just learned to let go, and started really experimenting with the blues and southern music because not only does that style mirror my lyrical content, but it’s a reflection of my roots.
What has been your biggest struggle in achieving your goals? How are you overcoming it?
My biggest struggle has just been not having the time and resources I would like to really dedicate to performing and recording music. These days it’s not as simple as signing with a label and having them do all of the work to get you exposure. Although that is still an option for some musicians, it’s become such a DIY world that you really have to put your own time and money into it to make it happen. I just really have to make sure that I keep my life balanced and play every single day – even if it’s just for five minutes. A lot of my friends are musicians which also makes it easier to play and just have fun with it – even when we’re not working on our respective projects.
“Failure is intrinsic and should be embraced!“
What inspires you?
People, mostly – I have my muses, and certain individuals that come and go. Everything I write about stems from personal experiences. Other musicians inspire me too, of course. Oh, and Robert Plant. 🙂
What would you write for Miss Millennia Magazine’s readers?
I would say that you are never too old or young to become what you want, and you should always remove the idea of ‘what is expected’ from your life and just be you!
Do you feel like you can inspire women in their 20′s and 30′s? If so how would you go about doing this?
I hope I can! I’ve always been inspired by strong women with voices – even in their power I understand how difficult it can be sometimes to be vulnerable on stage and tell some of the most personal things about your life and experiences. I feel like with these voices come great responsibility, and I feel it my duty to continue to use my voice to touch those around me – if at all possible. It’s always that one person in the crowd who smiles or cries after a performance that makes all of it worth while.
Who does Lady Lennia represent to you?
Lady Lennia to me represents an ambitious woman who is comfortable in her own skin and proud of where she comes from. She is fearless in her craft, passionate in her approach. She is fierce.
Why would you make a great Lady Lennia for the Music Edition?
I pour my soul and my energy into becoming the best woman that I can be every day, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop trying to grow. My music is what holds me together, breaks me down, and keeps me moving forward by looking back in reflection; if I can show just one person the things that music has shown me, I will have reached success. I aim to be one of those strong women with a voice that I grew up admiring, and will continue working towards being just that.
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