Ashley’s musical journey began as a Polynesian dancer at age three, but quickly progressed to encompass private lessons in voice, guitar and the traditional toere and bass drum. There was no doubt; Ashley was hooked on the beat, and she found that life as an artist provided her with limitless opportunities for expansion and personal growth.
Ashley was classically trained in voice under Robin Frey-Monell, a featured soloist with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Long Beach Chorale, and many others. Accompanying herself on the guitar, Ashley expanded her repertoire to include pop, R&B, jazz, classical, musical theater, country, world music, and rock. As a self-taught instrumentalist, professional vocalist, recording artist and guitar and ukulele player, she continues to develop her skills as a musician and music instructor. In 2011, Ashley was recognized as “A positive influence through music and cultural diversity” from the NAACP in Long Beach. She has also performed for the Long Beach Barr Foundation as their spotlight performer.
Ashley's life has taken her from open mic night gigs to studio singer, live entertainer, and teacher. She began teaching guitar 12 years ago and soon realized the fulfillment that came from it. Now she teaches voice technique, guitar, and ukulele to varying ages, both privately and through studios/schools that host small or large classes. She finds great value in expressing one’s voice to release tension from the day, or getting wrapped up in a song that transports her to another world, or just providing some melodious sound to put a smile on someone’s face; there’s always a reason to sing! In every lesson, she always finds a way to challenge her students to discover something new they can implement and feel confident about. Ashley strives to help every student find the instrument and genre that sparks a lifelong passion for the musical arts.