Lovin' Every Minute
**WE'RE COMIN' TO LA! SAT. MAY 3RD @ THE WHISKY A GO GO!!** Saturated in New York City for a couple years now, Ashley 1st is quickly carving a name for herself after the release of Sony BMG's 'Christmas Classics: Yesterday, Today & Forever' album, on which she lends her own saucy twist of 'Santa Baby' to the company of Destiny's Child, Christina Aguilera, and Jessica Simpson to name a few, to the ACQB chart climbing success of her single 'You're Just So Good' from her debut album: Lovin' Every Minute (iTunes, cdbaby.com). 'Ashley 1st ROCKS with a sound all of her own!!' - Kevin Wyatt (Bass Player; Lenny Kravitz) ...which may be why her single 'You're Just So Good' soared to 13 on the ACQB Charts. With a sound that crosses Alicia Keys over a Rolling Stones ride, it's no wonder Ashley 1st and her original songs pack a punch on stage with the team of assasins she rolls: Bass-Gary Pickard, Drums- Benjamin Woodbury, Guitar- Sergio Ortega, Saxophone-Michael Seropyan, Keys- Dominic Fallacaro. 'Everybody's felt like shouting after a first kiss, or groaning after a break up- and with me those emotions are always accompanied by a song. I write songs as they happen to me, or as life hands them to me.' Ashley 1st writes songs that express what we've all felt at one point or another because 'love is the great equalizer.' 'Lovin' Every Minute' covers all those emotions and more. The influences for Ashley's album come from a myriad of artists: 'Dad's vinyls included The Who, The Stones, Beatles, and Bowie. Plus mom always threw in Eydie Gorme or classics.' Piano and voice lessons followed soon after. Some staples in Ashley's CD collection include brit pop, motown, salsa, merengue and hip-hop. Yet Ashley has managed to create a sound hard to slap with a one word label. 'I think my album is a cocktail of pop rock songs infused with jazz over a retro vibe.' Summing it up, A.1st adds 'I just write about everyday emotions that anybody feels, but the goal is to do it well. And I may die trying,' confides Ashley, 'but my hope is that my songs allow people to either relish or cry in the glory that is love.'