- Artist: Ashley
- Format: CD
- Release Date:4/29/2008
Kyle "Ashley" Johnson was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Showing natural athletic abilities, Ashley participated in sports, particularly football, from his days at Pop Warner to collegiate levels and a semi-pro endeavor; winning many awards, MVP's and distinctions. His college life includes attendance at Nassau Community College and Morrisville University in New York State, earning a degree in Humanities. During college, he dabbled in modeling and acting and landed roles as an extra in Maid in Manhattan, Ed T.V. and Law and Order. Ashley has been a "secret" singer all his life. He would hurry home before anyone else, so he could practice his singing, without ridicule. He would pen songs while commuting back and forth and store them away until the day his break would come. This was a daunting task as he was known as a local athletic talent and no one knew he even enjoyed singing. His mother remarked on his recent success . . . "I am surprised that he has pursued music. He was always playing sports, football. College gave him the confidence he needed to follow his dream." And following his dream is just what Ashley is currently doing. One evening, while rehearsing a few of his songs, unbeknownst to him his father was listening. Completely surprised by the melodic sounds coming from the other side of the door, he rushed his son into the studio. Ashley figured he would score a deal with one of the big guns of R&B music like Def Jam, but opted to sign with Rolistic Records, an independent label out of Brooklyn, New York. Weeks later he began recording his debut album . . . THE OTHER SIDE. On this album, Ashley sings about everyday life. He expresses issues that are relatable and come from his real life experiences. Although, he clearly has his own sound, Ashley has an endless list of artists who have influenced his music. Naming a few, Luther Vandross, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Smokey Robinson and Otis Redding. We can truly call him a "Love Child of R&B." Some of his favorites include: Fried chicken wings, baked mac & cheese, the television show Martin, and the movie 300. He is a huge fan of the New York Giants and the Chicago Bulls.
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