5 things to know about newcomer Kassi Ashton
Kassi Ashton has been writing genre-bending songs since the age of 15. Now, she’s signed with UMG Nashville and is teasing the upcoming release of her first full-length album with the single “California, Missouri,” a song about her hometown. Click HERE to find out more about Kassi.
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Small Town Big Talent: Kassi Ashton featured in HER Magazine
Kassi Ashton started singing before she could read. When she was 3 or 4 years old she sang “Mary Had A Little Lamb” on stage at a karaoke contest at the Moniteau County Fair in her hometown of California, Missouri. “All I’ve ever wanted to do is sing, and I was never shy,” said Ashton, 22, who has always been at home in the spotlight. Her lyrics have gone way past nursery rhymes, and everything is finally coming together for the singer/songwriter who has been crafting her own voice and sound, which is country with some blues and soul thrown in to the mix. Now a senior at Belmont University’s School of Music in Nashville, she took a much bigger stage at the Curb Event Center on campus and won the 2016 annual Country Music Showcase. Read the full story HERE.
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Kassi Ashton brought a whole new attitude of her own to country music upon arrival in 2017. The California, Missouri singer and songwriter initially touched down with a string of critically acclaimed tracks. Released by UMG Nashville in conjunction with Interscope, her introductory release “California, Missouri” stirred up widespread critical acclaim from Taste of Country, CMT, The Boot, and many more. As her profile grew, she lent her voice to the standout “Drop Top” on Keith Urban’s chart-topping 2018 album, Graffiti U. He went on to describe her as “such a unique, original creature.” Expanding on her confessional and catchy storytelling, she maintained momentum on the summer solo song “Taxidermy.” Named “Who to Watch” by Huffington Post and The Tennessean, radio personality Bobby Bones included her among his Class of 2018. Rolling Stone lauded her as “a devilish songwriter who isn’t afraid to flip convention on its head,” and Refinery29 also claimed, “she blends pop aesthetics with a presence doused in no-fucks-left-to-give authenticity.” She continues to defy convention and define a signature style on the 2019 single “Violins”—and a whole lot more to come.
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