Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Toman.
Ashley, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Music has really been ingrained in me my entire life. I come from a long line of musicians in my family- my dad opened for the Everly Brothers when he was eight, his five brothers and sisters are all very talented singers, even though they chose to get into the insurance business they are all still very talented singers and have been a huge support with my music.
My brother Matt Toman is a professional drummer in Austin and has played at Bonnaroo music festival in Austin and SXSW and has toured with one-man-band “Bayonne” featuring Roger Sellers, and my mom is kind of the glue that holds us all together.
I started in musical theater as a kid and continued on to attending Belmont University in Nashville and then really getting a name for myself in the R&B scene of Houston and now I split my time between Houston ( where I am from) and Los Angeles.
I am a songwriter and an artist, currently have a song on top 40 radio in three markets (“Thank You for Nothing” co-written and produced by Chris Davis) and am continuing my journey as a writer for both myself and other artists and television and film placements and focusing on my own artistry.
Has it been a smooth road?
The road hasn’t always been smooth. There are definitely times of struggle, especially being a female in this industry. Los Angeles can be a scary city and almost intimidating times, but I’ve learned that if I believe in myself, others will too. I’ve also learned that sharing my insecurities has helped my fans and helped me grow a fanbase and relate to others.
Some of the hardest roads have led to the most beautiful destinations. I’ve had some of my darkest moments in LA, but also some of the most amazing doors have been open.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am a singer and a songwriter, I am an artist, I am a visionary, I am a performer, I am a healer, I am an empath, and most importantly I am a storyteller. In simple terms, I’m a professional working singer-songwriter but I use my own personal stories to share with my audience. I believe that is what sets me apart from others.
I recently recorded a song for Disney that made it to the trailer for the 50th Anniversary edition of “Bambi” and most recently was a writer/singer on an incredible record that was debuted at SXSW featuring Chaka Khan called “One Life” that is a modern day “We are the World” type record that emphasizes that loving our planet and protecting our environment is essential in terms of climate change and climate change.
The message is really to love the planet we live on and we only have one life to live and the time is now to protect our planet. For more information regarding this project, you can visit takeitbacknow.com.
Aside from writing placements, I also am a pop/soul artist and have independently released four singles, the most recent one “Thank You for Nothing” which is a sassy, upbeat, soulful pop record that is currently in rotation in three FM pop/top 40 radio markets. This is a huge milestone in my career and a very proud moment. Chris Davis, also a Houston native was a producer and co-writer on this record, it is available everywhere you stream your music.
I split my time between Houston and LA and am building my audience and perform regularly in both cities with hopes to spread my music worldwide.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and the least?
LA can be a tough city and can be very competitive, but that competitiveness keeps me focused always to keep striving, almost to be a competition with myself, to surpass myself each day.
My favorite thing about LA is the amount of possibilities. You never know if your uber driver or waiter are also producers/songwriters/photographers etc. You really never know who you’re going to meet, and that is an adventure within itself.
I once met Morris Hayes, Prince’s music director, and keyboardist at the Standard Hotel and he ended up being a huge part of my life, and I ended up renting a room from him four years ago and I couldn’t have asked for a better roommate/friend at a time when LA was so new and scary for me.
Moments like that, where you meet these amazing people, those are the moments about LA that I love. The opportunity of Los Angeles is endless.
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