Ashley Puckett was born and raised in North Huntingdon, just east of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Ashley realized her passion for music at a young age, performing at vocal competitions and community events, and eventually, landing at open-mic nights and shows in bars and clubs, doing anything to keep the music and her passion alive. Her musical influences have been empowering..shaping the artist she has become: Ladies like Lee Ann Womack, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Jo Dee Messina, Carol King and LeAnn Rimes. At age sixteen Ashley picked up the guitar, began writing songs, and the adventurous country girl hit the road.
Somewhere between skydiving and bungee jumping, Ashley was introduced to world class Singer/Songwriter/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 and lifelong dream, “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.
The Interview With Ashley:
Hey, very happy to welcome you to the Radio Show and Podcast community. Tell us a little bit more about yourself. Introduce yourself to the community.
Thank you! Well, my name is Ashley Puckett, I’ve been singing since I was about 5years old, so music was just always a big part of my life. I knew from a very young age that this is something I was born to do, and to pursue. My debut album “Never Say Never” was released February 14th, 2020 – and we’ve had quite the success and many milestones since our first single release in August of 2019. Aside from music, I’m an outgoing, adventurous person and love things like skydiving, bungee jumping, and really will try almost anything once.
One thing that I’m always interested in, when I sit down and chat with artists is, what their defining moment was that they knew that they wanted to be in music… What was that moment in time for you?
I’m not sure I had that “one” moment. I’ve had many moments growing up where I just felt this is what made sense and what I was supposed to do. Every new adventure with music, every new song I wrote, each little thing like that seemed to just confirm time and time again that I’m doing the right thing. You just know when you have that feeling.
Do you mix and master yourself or do you have an engineer or a
producer that works with you?
I worked with my producer Bryan Cole and engineer Doug Kasper at Tonic Studio in McKeesport, PA.
What motivates you? Not just in your music but in your normal life as well.
I have always been the type to have goals and plans. Even if they change. And once one is crossed off the list, I always have another. I like accomplishments and always getting into new things. There’s so much life to live and l want to do all that I can. In music, my fans motivate me the most, as well as sometimes my own personal life. Good or bad, music has a way of getting me through things.
“New single, “Bulletproof” was released on January 9th, 2020, Ashley’s birthday. The song raced to the top of the iTunes country singles chart in South Africa, also becoming a #1 radio hit on the New Music Weekly country chart.”
I am personally on a mission to get good music heard by everyone. What is one thing that bothers you the most about trying to come up in the music world today and, do you prefer being underground or, is the mainstream something you strive for?
mainstream is where I want to be. It’s where most people get their music and the most opportunity. My least favorite part about the music world today is just how hard it is to get content to the right people. There are so many amazing artists trying to get a shot in the big spotlight and for someone where luck has never been on her side, it’s just frustrating to me. But at the same time, I’ve always been a very hard worker no matter what the project and this is no different.
Who, musically, is one of your bigger influences?
I’ve got a few. I’d say some of the bigger ones are Leann Rimes, Miranda Lambert, and Jo Dee Messina.
One question that I like to ask artists is, how did Covid affect your music in particular and the music scene in your area?
So, Pittsburgh, PA was affected a ton! The restrictions here were a lot worse for a lot longer than most states had seen. Personally, my album was released one month before this all started in 2020, so all of my plans disappeared and turned into online promotion and a bunch of “when is this going to end”
I, myself, personally think that there’s too much social media out there to keep up with. I understand why it’s necessary but there’s a ton of it out there. What are your feelings on social media and music today?
I agree with you. It’s great because you have that personal connection with your fans and social media is where this generation is. On the opposite side of that, there is a lot to keep up with and it’s hard to keep everyone engaged all the time when there’s so much.
What tips or advice would you give someone that’s just starting out in the music game?
Stay focused on what YOU want to achieve. Listen to others around you and don’t be afraid of help, but make sure it’s in your best interest. Be yourself. And stay yourself. Keep the right people by your side, because there’s a lot of ups and downs and you’ll be thankful you have people by your side. Also, have goals and know what you want to work for. There’s a lot of work and time involved, but it’s worth it. Finally, take in all the little moments and little success and
achievements – they are a huge part of the bigger picture.
I want to thank you for this Q&A, Is there anything you want to say to everyone out there? Shout outs?
Thank you for your time and for everyone who has been keeping up with me! Everyone’s support is the reason I’m still doing this.