Her debut in the world of music came when she was only 6 years old, because music has always been an important part of her life. Ashlee Keating cares not only about singing, but above all about sending a message. She goes out of her way to make people feel appreciated, sharing messages of love with her community. Her originality is also reflected in her style, she likes to be daring and unconventional.
Your passion for music started at a very early age, in fact you made your debut on Broadway when you were only 6 years old. Where did this desire to make music come from?
I always LOVED music. It was always my outlet and a special feeling I had. No one in my family is in the industry, so it was a natural gift, and I loved performing and being in the performing arts.
On 18th November, your remake of one of the most famous Christmas singles “Santa Claus is coming to Town” was released. How did it make you feel to be able to reinterpret such a song?
Really cool! I love putting my own unique spin on songs. I like to call it “ashleefy or ashleefied” lol. It was really fun, and I loved making the visual for it and seeing it come to life!
Your last single “SAUCY” released this summer is immediately became an anthem for women’s empowerment and the LGBTQ+ community. What does it represent for you to have a voice on such important topics?
It’s crazy to be honest. It means the world to me. I don’t just make music to make people feel something, I create music to make an impact on the world and hope that my impact makes the world a better place. I always strive to do good and be a voice.
You work hard to share messages of love and positivity through your work, but if you could talk to the little Ashlee in the same way, what would you say to her?
Don’t be so hard on yourself, keep doing YOU, and be strong!!
What is your relationship with fashion?
I LOVE fashion! To be honest, I don’t like to think too hard about it. A lot of the times I style myself and pick what I’m feeling in the moment out of my closet to wear to an event or out. I like doing things outside of the box and being edgy, but also keeping it classy and chic. I definitely have a bold side though. I’m fun and get bored easily, so I like to play around. It’s great when I get to attend NYFW shows or work with new designers. Fashion is definitely another hobby of mine. I hope to create/collab with brands more down the line someday soon.
What are the difficulties you find most in your work?
Not the creative side, but more of the business side of things. People don’t see all of that. It’s a lot of hard work and long hours as well as another side of my brain. I enjoy it though, thankfully.
Your current music brings with it multiple influences. Is there anyone in particular that inspires you?
Oh man, so many incredible artists! The list goes on and on! Madonna, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin, Mary J Blige, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, JLo, Rihanna, Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani. Lol.
You have a large social media following, what is your relationship with this world?
Thank you. I try to keep it real and authentic. I feel like there’s not enough of that today. We’re always comparing ourselves. I love connecting with my fans which I call my Keators. They’re my world and mean so much to me. I wouldn’t be here without them. I always want to make the world a better place with whatever I’m doing.