Ashley Puckett - 10 Questions Music Interview
Born and raised in North Huntingdon, just east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ashley Puckett is a country music artist on the rise. At a young age, Ashley picked up the guitar, began writing songs, and hit the road. She found her way to world-class Singer, Songwriter, and Producer, Bryan Cole and Lead Sound Engineer, Doug Kasper at Tonic Studios. With legendary musicians Mike Brignardello (bass), John Willis (banjo), Mike Johnson (Steel Guitar), Heidi Engel and Tammy Petty ( Background Vocals) and hot newcomer, Adam Ernst, Ashley’s debut album “Never Say Never” was made a reality. The album will be released on MTS Records on February 14, 2020, with first single, “Medicine” having been released in August 2019. The single charted nationally on the IndieWorld Country Record Report and Airplay Today country charts. New single, “Bulletproof” will be released on January 9th, 2020, Ashley’s birthday. In addition to her passion for music, Ashley is an adventurous country girl who enjoys skydiving and bungee jumping! Learn more about Ashley through 10 intriguing Questions.
Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
Myself haha. I've always been better at expressing myself in song, rather than in general speaking, I suppose. It was always kind of an outlet for me to express emotion good and bad in a way that was indirect, in most cases, and would leave a lasting memory in song.
Let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
Honestly, in this stage in my career, I'd have to say the timing of meeting my producer and sound engineer when I did to record this debut album. Music has always been something I knew would be a part of my life forever and something I wanted to share and pursue, however, the moment I was introduced to them through a mutual friend was a lot like a surprise, it happened out of nowhere and without that moment, I wouldn't be where i am right now; a part of the MTS Records family, my second single "Bulletproof" climbing charts already since its release January 9th, and having this wonderful opportunity that a lot of musicians only dream of.
What has been the high point of your music path?
I'm living it every day! Each day is something new, i'm gaining fans, my music is starting to be played in different states, which is super cool, and my album is debuting in less than a month!
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
For me, when an idea comes and I'm inspired by someone or something, I have to either write it down or record a clip of something immediately. Believe it or not, I have a horrible memory, so I'm the one that uses my phone to record, a napkin, whatever it is at the time to remember. A lot of my writing is done on a whim, but i do have unfinished songs that I go back to from time to time and try to finish but if the ideas aren't flowing, I'll walk away from it.
What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
I think the biggest challenge, which isn't a bad thing, just a challenge to make a name for yourself, is that there are so many of us artists. Separating yourself from others sounds easy but when the world is so big full of wonderful music its difficult getting noticed and it takes a lot of time and work. The industry has changed in so many ways over there years, too.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Miranda Lambert. Her and I are a lot alike and I think we'd put on a great show together.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
Well, I start by waking earlier than normal. I don't like to sing early, so my voice needs time to wake. My day always starts with espresso, so I need time to enjoy that and then hydrate afterwards. I like to sing and warm up hours before, then take a break and then a little more right before a performance. Sometimes if the nerves kick in which still does occasionally happen, a shot of fireball works. haha.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Well, any of the unfinished songs in my stack, and there's a few. I'm a perfectionist so, if I don't feel its completely ready i'll move on and come back to it. One, is "I'm Sorry" - and lets start by saying, it's not your typical "apologizing for doing wrong" song. I've chosen to take this one down a path for multiple interpretations (kind of) or at least in this stage of the process I did. These types of songs are those you have to be selective with how you word things and what you say. They take more thought - all while still going after the same message and inspiration that started the song in the first place.
What's coming up in the future?
The debut of my album "Never Say Never" is my primary focus. Due out this Valentine's Day, this is what I've been working so hard toward and can't wait to see where it takes me.
Tell us where fans can access your music.
You can find me on all platforms, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Pandora, YouTube, and follow me ,
on Facebook or my website!
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