Today we’d like to introduce you to Ashley Sno.
Ashley, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I was born and raised by my grandmother in Maryland, in the area known as the DMV. She was very encouraging of my aptitude for the arts. I was always doing accents and being silly around the house, so she put me into acting. She got a baby grand piano for my brothers and I. I was already writing poetry by eight years old and was published in “Best Poems of the 90’s” at 11. I loved reading books, and so writing became a release for me. Music got big in the picture around the age of 12 when I started using my ear to play that piano. Same time, my brother and I became a rap group and started recording with my uncle as our producer. He was part owner of “New Horizon Studio,” which was a really popular place at the time.
We did our thing for several years with management, and I started learning how to perform and create a sound in the studio. I learned more than I can imagine from those four years growing up in that environment. My love for basketball, however, ultimately took me away to finish high school in Georgia and on scholarships off to college playing for different schools. I started at Johnson C. Smith in Charlotte, NC. Left and got my AA in Liberal Arts from Taft College in Cali, and then finished in Hawaii at Hawaii Pacific University where I got my BA in Communication. From there it’s been a heck of a ride…
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a music artist. My art comes from the heart. It comes from that invisible place we call “inspiration.” Making music is my gift. I’m a writer. I sing, rap, play the guitar. I design clothes, model and act. I don’t consider myself an artist because I make music. I consider myself an artist because creating art is the way that I interpret and make sense of life and the world around me. Without art, I don’t know where I would be. Literally.
One day, this woman came up to me after a show, and she told me that my song moved her to tears and that I could never stop what I’m doing because of what it did for her that night. Her delivery hit me so hard that it made me recount the times I’d seen and been told the impact my music had on others. I knew that I loved making music, but something had to switch in me so that I knew that it is in my purpose to share this music with as many people as I can.
I know this music is going to help someone. I know it’s going to change someone’s life for the better. I don’t have to know them personally, but I want to make a difference. If life put me through hell to help other people find their way to heaven, then I’m here to answer that calling. I want people to live through my music. I want them to play in it. Grow in it. Grind to it. Be inspired by it. Be in love with it. I want them to learn some things on accident and heal some stuff on purpose listening to my songs. That’s what I’m here for.
Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I think the ease of access and technology makes it easier for us to do things now than they’ve ever been. We live in the age of possibility if you’re an artist. It’s a lot easier to call yourself an artist because the tools to make the products are a lot more accessible. The barriers to market entry that kept people of all talent ranges and skill levels from entering the market don’t exist in the same capacity. So, it’s an exciting era of people creating their wave.
I think cities like Atlanta that have an unreal amount of talent should be investing in the global distribution of music. When an artist represents a town, they bring big money to that city. It’s a no-brainer. Right now, cities are just cashing in on the artists who promote them. At the least, I would like to see an increase in educational funding for the arts in cities known for producing artists at the very least. Something more utopian would be liiiike… cities having a budget to promote local talent and generate revenue from events, merchandising, and global distribution.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
For now, people can hear the music and support The Sno Mvmnt by going to www.SoundCloudSeries.com, joining the email list and following my social media pages! You’ll see all the links for my social media right below the playlist on SoundCloudSeries.com (IG, FB, SoundCloud, Twitter)! Be sure to check your SPAM folder, so you don’t miss out on anything from Ashley Sno and SoundCloudSeries.com.! Annnddd I’m going to say SoundCloudSeries.com ONE last time, so I know it’s overkill.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/iamashleysno
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/iamashleysno
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ashleysnomusic
- Other: http://www.soundcloudseries.com
Antonius @libromusica, Brian Thompson @garnell_funk, James Simms @simplygeniusstudios.