Get to Know R&B Singer Jessica Ashley
Jessica Ashley is a name you need to know. Much like Justin Bieber, the 18-year-old singer-songwriter got her start by posting videos of herself covering the likes of Jessie J and Pink. Now the up-and-coming star is busy working on her debut album with a slew of today's top producers and songwriters.
Jessica cites Alicia Keys, Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston as some of her biggest influences, and is inspired by the musical success of shows like 'Glee' and 'American Idol.' Her love for R&B is evident in her online covers, which she chooses for a specific reason.
"I like to pick songs that both inspire and challenge me," she tells JSYK. "It's equally important that I have love and respect for the original artist, like Mariah Carey or Christina Aguilera, and that the song will bring something out in me that maybe I didn't even know I had."
Jessica has been collaborating with the same people that have produced hits for Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Willow Smith and more. Her new album is still being crafted, but good things come to those who wait.
"At the end of the day, I want to make a great album," she adds. "I expect my album to have some of the big ballads that my fans expect, but also some fun uptempo surprises."
Check out Jessica's covers of Jessie J's 'Price Tag' and Pink's 'Perfect' below, and download her latest single, 'If You Are Out There' on iTunes now.