NYCS Swag Spotlight Featuring Ashlyn Grayce
Ashlyn Grayce grew up in Nashville, Tennesee and was surrounded by music from the day she was born. In a recent phone interview, Grayce explained her backstory and how growing up in Music City shaped her career and her goals for her life. Her parents who were originally from New York and Georgia met singing at The Grand Ole Opry, talk about an incredible story to tell the grandkids. They both worked in the music industry for all of her childhood, allowing her to be immersed in the culture and business of music. “I have a picture and I think I was 5 years old and Alan Jackson is holding me on the stage at CMAFest,” she recalls. “Music has always been a major part of my life.”
Learning how to play guitar and starting to write songs when she was a young teenager, Grayce explains how important it was to her to have the guidance from her parents on this journey. “My parents were always supportive, they know all of the ins and outs and truly understand it and they are able to help me and give me that support.” Her father was a huge fan of Dolly Parton while her mother always listened to Shania Twain, and growing up she would look up to artists like Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood, shaping the type of artist she was going to be one day.
When we discuss who she is listening to now, Grayce says, “One of my top favorite artists right now is Devin Dawson. I think he is such an amazing songwriter and performer, I can’t really pick one or two top favorites because it’s so neat to see how every artist is so different and puts their spin on the music industry. Everyone is just so talented here, and they really connect with the listeners.”
Her current EP, Somethin’ ‘Bout A Song debuted at #4 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Chart and also appeared on the iTunes Bestseller list. The compilation of songs, all co-written by Grayce are a personal look into the singer’s life, touching on heartbreak, finding love and even the feeling of losing your childhood home. “I just feel like those songs really showcase who I am, I felt that it was kind of well rounded,” she explained. “I felt like it touched on every aspect of my life.” She is proud to be a role model to young girls growing up and listening to her music, allowing herself to be vulnerable and get very personal when releasing songs to the public to hear.
Looking forward, Grayce just got married and is looking forward to continuing to play shows in Nashville as well as songwriter festivals and is constantly in the writing room working on new material. Be sure to follow along on social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
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