Listening to her grandmother’s mixtape, Ashley Taylor fell in love with country music at a young age. Inspired by artists Brandy Clark, Kacey Musgraves, and Loretta Lynn, Ashley is constantly challenging herself to become a better songwriter. In addition, she looks up to Mother Maybelle and Nancy Wilson, both who showed her that “women can be badass guitarists too.”
In her own songs, Ashley wants to encourage people to be proud of who they are and what they love. She does this by conveying stories about family, Jesus, and her hometown. Ashley has also drawn from her own experiences, such as when a fan approached her after a show commenting how she played like a man. Thinking to herself “I guess I just look like Barbie and play like Ken,” Ashley wrote “Play Like Ken” to show how the women aren’t viewed as a powerful presence in country music.
Setting out to take every opportunity as it comes, Ashley is excited to hit the road this summer. You can find her music on all digital platforms and on her website at ashleytaylormusic.com.
I am currently a student at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles as a marketing major. Upon realizing that I wanted to change the way people perceive country music and to help women have a voice, I began The Women of Country in 2015 promoting new female artists and sharing their stories with the world. You can find me via Instagram @nicolemmarchesi or contact me via email at email@example.com