South African born singer/songwriter, Ashlinn Gray struggles to find the balance between the contrasting light and dark sides of her authenticity. Writing since the age of 16, Ashlinn has seen nothing but success in the 5 years since then. At only 21 years of age, her debut single “Battleships” made iTunes Top 40, and her following 2 singles “Need You Love” and “Nineteen” both hit 5FM and Jacaranda, two of South Africa’s largest national radio stations. Ashlinn Gray now resides in the US, where she recorded her latest track “S.T.F.U.”
Through the use of her unique soundscapes and hypnotizing vocals, Ashlinn brings unapologetic energy to the music scene. Her newest track “S.T.F.U” is an anthem for everyone who is sick of the world we live in. A world that dictates how we should be, what we should wear, and how we should act. This single combines layers of urban-pop, hip-hop, and trap with rock undertones. Ashlinn Gray’s vocals are accessible and mesmerizing. Her powerful lyrics are extremely relatable for anyone whos felt any sort of alienation from who they are “supposed” to be. The rough and hard-hitting soundscapes contrast beautifully with her poetic vocal tone.
“We are all trying to figure our shit out. I’m here to own it. Embrace it. Communicate it. Speak to it. We all can help each other figure life out but I’m not here to pay any mind to those who are gonna rain on my parade with their negativity fountain.”
Check out “S.T.F.U.” here and read more with Ashlinn Gray in our interview below!
Hey Ashlinn! Welcome to BuzzMusic. We’re hypnotized by your voice! Have you had any professional training or having you honed your vocal style over time?
I started training at 10 years old. I wasn’t one of those natural singers. My sister was, I sucked! She started going for lessons and I tagged along. My first teacher thought my mother was wasting her money, but I was so determined to get better that I practiced all the time and eventually got to a stage at 15 where I was being recognized more and a good singer and then started writing music. Eventually the first song I wrote was the one I decided to release called Battleships and that ended up starting my career. Long story short, Rome wasn’t built in a day.
What does your track “S.T.F.U.” mean to you? What inspired this song?
It’s about trying to figure life out and not giving the nay-sayers and haters any attention. I worked really hard to be where I am today and earn the right of calling myself a singer and songwriter. Along the way, there are always people trying to change your narrative or bring you down and I’m not about that vibe. You do you and I’ll do me.
What do you hope your listeners take away from your music?
I hope they feel like they’re not alone. I want to empower people to love themselves and believe in themselves. Life is too short for anything less.
What has been one of your most memorable r life-changing achievements so far?
Coming to live and work in America from South Africa has been a major trip. I loved every second of it. Back home in my country, I did some cool things like play big festivals and sing on national television and radio. However, setting the goal at 15 years old to eventually move to America by myself to work on music and achieving that, those are the kind of dreams you don’t see come true too often.
What are you working on through the end of 2019?
I have got so much new music on the way. A lot of great songs that explore new sounds and I’m really excited to release them. They’re my favourite stories I’ve put on paper and they’re coming soon soon soon.
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