Ashley DuBose is probably most widely known for her participation in Season 5 of NBC’s The Voice, but her musical journey began years before her world debut on the hit reality TV show.
Ashley began singing and writing music at the age of 10 years old. The desire to be a recording artist and performer grew from watching pop artists like Britney Spears, Destiny’s Child, and Aaliyah perform on television. Ashley’s first performance was in the sixth grade when she performed in her school’s talent show. Encouraged early on by her mother to sing for family, friends and strangers alike, Ashley would go on to perform at various national league sporting events, concerts, open mic events, colleges, schools, weddings, talent shows and corporate and non-profit galas.
In May 2012, Ashley released her first independent full length project, titled Somethin’ More. The album was created while Ashley juggled college and parenting her then two year old daughter. Released just a day before graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in mathematics, Somethin’ More was a culmination of Ashley’s life experiences over the four years leading up to its creation – hope, discouragement, love, betrayal, faith, and the desire to achieve what she believes is a greater calling on her life. The unplugged acoustic version of Somethin’ More was released in the following year, catering to the listeners that enjoy a more stripped down approach to the album’s originals.
In 2013, Ashley auditioned for NBC’s The Voice. Her blind audition compelled all four celebrity coaches to turn their chairs and vie for her to be on their team. Ashley chose Team Adam and went on to become a top 32 contestant on the show. After her participation on the The Voice, Ashley returned home to begin working on her second body of work which would later be known as Be You. Ashley released Be You in March of 2015.
In 2014, Ashley was named “Best Vocalist (Female)” by City Pages in their annual Best of the Twin Cities magazine issue.
Always a dreamer and determined woman, Ashley is working to spread her music to the masses and hoping to be nominated for a Grammy Award in the coming years, confirming Cee-Lo Green’s 2013 prediction that he would be routing for Ashley “front row at the Grammys!” And she is certainly on her way to realizing those goals. Her single Intoxicated has ammassed over 3 million plays on spotify and via online digital music outlets such as YouTube, iTunes, Soundcloud and Bandcamp, Ashley’s music is making its way to listeners all over the world.
Since the release of her album, Ashley has been performing and speaking around the Twin Cities as well as outside of the metro in places like Duluth, MN, Clemson, SC, and Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY.
In 2015, just before the release of her second album Be You, Ashley became a member of the special events band, Northstar managed by Elan Artists, “a cooperative of musicians and artists taking a fresh and personalized approach to special events.” Singing with Northstar, Ashley has had the privilege of traveling the world performing at high-end special events all around the United States (and recently London!)
In addition to music, Ashley also works as an on-camera and voice actress, and is represented by some of the top talent agencies in the Twin Cities. Ashley was in Streetcar Named Desire at the Guthrie Theater in 2010, has been in many projects for Best Buy, Target, General Mills, Comcast and more. Ashley was recently a model in the annual Aveda Congress hair and fashion runway show in Minneapolis.
Ashley DuBose is realizing her childhood dream of being a singer, model and actress. She is determined to be a living example to her seven year old daughter that when you fuel a dream with heart and action, that dream will become reality.