Ashlinn Gray is a Johannesburg based singer songwriter. She launched her career at 17, creating a lasting impression on all who crossed her path. Come 2017, and the young independent songstress continues to soar.
We caught up with her to find out more about her plans for the rest of the year and a special showcase planned for 28 September.
Date: Thursday, 28 September 2017
Venue: The Good Luck Bar, Johannesburg
Facebook Event: https://tinyurl.com/y75yjwwf
Congrats on coming fourth in the International Songwriting Competition. Tell us about Nineteen and what inspired you to write it?
Nineteen is about how some years just don’t have any milestones attached to them by society, so they seem insignificant. I didn’t want to turn 19 because of how insignificant it seemed but after thinking about it, I decided to make the most of the year because life is too short to not make every moment count. Being nineteen became about achieving as many of my goals as possible and really living with passion, purpose and self-belief.
You’ve been in the industry for about three years. What was your initial impression and what have you learnt over the years?
The industry seemed scary at first. After being in it for a few years now, it’s not something I fear anymore. The more I think about it, the more I realise it’s very simple, in theory, to be successful in this industry. The key is to create music that is genuine and of a high quality and standard. The rest is all business and that mindset can never leave you.
Why should fans come out to your showcase on 28 September and what can they expect from the show?
They’re going to be able to experience Ashlinn Gray 2.0. All of the music I have been writing recently is going to be showcased and the music is going to be hot. My band and I are going to put on a show that will really be an experience you won’t want to miss. To top it off, there are some great artists on the line up: SEVVEN and Charlie Finch.
What is your message to young South Africans?
If you want something, go out and get it. Don’t believe anyone who tells ‘you can’t’ or ‘it’s impossible’. Perseverance always comes out on top. Remember at the end of the day, the only way you’re going to feel happy and feel successful is if you do what makes you excited to wake up in the morning.
We hear you may be relocating to the States. Why the decision to move your career abroad?
I’m actually just going to be doing some recording and working with a few people over there. South Africa is home and that’ll never change.
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