Daytona Local Talent
Ashley Young says she has been singing for, "As long as I can remember from walking in the fields at the cattle farm as a small girl too young to know what I was doing I've been singing and coming up with my own songs." Ashley's talents were first cultivated when her elementary school teacher picked her out of the chorus to do a solo and it was all down hill from there."
Ashley says, "I was a big musical theatre nerd for most of my life, and still am. I have been blessed with teachers that recognized not only my talent but my passion for performing from elementary to high school. Special thanks to Donna Olsen who first started working with me followed by Julie Keith and last but not least Jason Longtin."
After she graduated high school, Ashley attended the American Musical and Dramatic academy in NYC but fell off my musical wagon for a period of time when I went to work for Home Depot, but during her time there she continued to compose her own music, primarily with one of her many ukuleles. As she shared her songs with a few employees that she grew close to, they urged her to audition for Home Depot's yearly talent competition. The prize was a free trip to Vegas. "I auditioned, and Vegas was a blast!," she said, "And while there i met a wonderful team of producers and the memorable Maria Terranova Sadovnik who was quick to urge me back on my path of music."
After leaving the Home Depot Stars, Ashley auditioned for a show called the rising star on ABC produced by Ken Warwick. After making it from over 30,000 people to the top 60 she was flown to California for the shows final elimination before the live rounds. Unfortunately she did not make it from the top 60 to the top 30 and was flown home. Since then Ashley has been forming band after band trying to find people with a desire to play and perform are as strong as hers. Ashley said, "I believe I've found that in Coastal Vibe, and especially with Dan Whalen. We host two open jams a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Oharas Irish Pub and have a blast doing it."