14 year old Ashleigh Believes in Followong her
dreams and since she was only 5 years old that
dream was to be a professional singer and
actress!Ashleigh has been singing at local bars
such as , Rocco's Little Italy,Rockwellz,and
Gatto's since she was 9 years old. She has opened
up for ONS at The Majestic Theatre in Streator
Illinois and Shawn Gallaway at the
Mind,Body,Spirit, Fair in Orland Park, IL! Since
2009 has started Ashleigh has gotten the amazing
oppurtunity to have some of the songs she has
written produced by some extremely talented
producers, Richard Fink, out of New York Grammy
Award Winning producer Barry Goldstein out ofand
New York City! This Summer Ashleigh was a Decatur
finalist in The Colgate Country Showdown and was
the 1st place winner in both New Lenox Idol and
Orland Days Singing Competition!Ashleigh is a
member of The Nashvillle Spotlight Kid's Club and
has performed at The Nashville Palace 2 times this
Summer. As well as singing Ashleigh loves to act
and has been training at The Piven Theatre
Workshop in Evanston, IL for 6 years. There she is
a member of both the Advanced Teen Conservatory
and The Performance Project. Ashleigh was most
recently seen as the Frog Princess in The
Performance Projects production of "In a Fairytale
World". Ashleigh is at a very exciting point in
her career and is very excited to keep moving
forward with it!!! She hopes to someday inspire
others to follow their dreams!She may not know
what she's doing, but she sure knows where she
wants to go:)
In the summer of 2009, Fourteen year old Ashleigh
Jerkatis had the amazing opportunity to work with
Grammy Award Winning Producer Barry Goldstein from
New York City to bring to life just a few of her
many self written songs. Ashleigh believes in
following her dreams. Since she was only 5 years
old, that dream was to be a professional singer
and to let the world hear her voice! When
Ashleigh was 9 years old, she began singing in
many Chicago area restaurants. Ashleigh began
writing songs at the age of 10, that were years
beyond her experiences. Many times she would wake
up with a song coming to her and she would get out
of bed grab the guitar and begin writing. She
has self written nearly 100 songs to date. At the
age of 13, she began opening for various bands
including a 45 minute acoustic performance at The
Majestic Theatre in Streator, Illinois. Also in
the summer of 2009, Ashleigh traveled to
Rochester, New York to co-write the song "Break In
Two" with the amazingly talented Richard Fink IV
and Johnny Cummings at Castle Nine Entertainment.
Since 2009, Ashleigh was a Decatur Finalist in The
Colgate Country Showdown, and was the 1st place
winner in both New Lenox Idol and Orland Days
Singing Competitions in her home state of
Illinois! Ashleigh is a member of The Nashville
Spotlight Kid's Club and has performed at The
Nashville Palace many times. Ashleigh is very
excited to keep moving forward with her career!!!
She hopes to someday inspire others to follow
A message from Ashleigh:
My debut cd is called DEFY. The word "defy" means
to take a stand. The act of defying is a
celebration of power. Each of my songs carries an
example of a defying moment. In "So Long Baby" I
am celebrating the power that I have to walk away
and to be free. I am standing up for my rights.
In "This Love" I am celebrating the power that I
have to follow my heart. I am fearlessly walking
down the path to my dreams and not letting anyone
bring me down. "Late December" has a different
type of defy involved. I am celebrating the power
of defeat. I am demanding an answer to the
unknown. In "Break In Two" I am celebrating the
power of invincibility of the fact that no one can
break me. I am unstoppable!
Working on these songs was one of the greatest
experiences of my life and I will never forget it.
I got to travel to New York twice last summer! I
am so happy with the way my songs turned out, but
I could not have done this all by myself. I had a
vision for each and every one of these songs and
thanks to Barry Goldstein and Richard Fink...my
visions came to life! They both did an amazing
job collaborating with me! What began as just me
and my guitar, turned into something even better
than I had ever imagined! I would just like to
say THANK YOU for bringing these songs to life!
I would like to give a special thank you to Barry
Goldstein, for allowing me to use his song,
"There's An Angel Watching You" as a gift to help
me raise funds to complete a full length version
of this cd. I appreciate his kind gesture. I am
very excited about finishing this project!
A little bit about the songs...
The song "This Love" came through me. The song
describes a dream where a wise being comes to me
and tells me to follow my dreams, believe in
myself and to feel the LOVE! The song has an
infectious beat and leaves you feeling uplifted!
This song came to me very quickly...almost like my
hand was racing to write these lyrics down all by
itself. I feel like the wise being was my
grandfather, who I was very close to in life. The
song was actually written on May 7, 2009...my
grandfather's birthday! May 7th 2009, was also
the day that Barry Goldstein approached my parents
about producing my music!
"So Long Baby" is a catchy tune that inspires
people to reach for change and not to stay in
situations where they are being undervalued. It
is about getting rid of your baggage and fighting
for your rights. It is about taking action and
making change! The song was inspired by an event
in my own life. I am glad for the experience
because it gave birth to this amazing song.
"Late December" was written in November of 2008.
It is the emotional journey of a person who
suddenly finds them self alone and no longer feels
like they know who they are and where they fit in.
This song came to me, not being inspired by
"There's An Angel Watching You" was written by my
producer, the Grammy Award Winning Barry
Goldstein. This beautiful song is very
inspirational and moving. I am accompanied by
beautiful piano music.
"Break In Two" was co written by myself, Richard
Fink IV and Johnny Cummings. I would like to
dedicate this song to all the people who tried to
"Break me In Two" and stop me from achieving my
dream. This song was inspired by a song that I
wrote called "Break Me." Along my journey, many
people have told me that I need to be "practical"
and to not be such a dreamer. Including one of my
school teachers who said, "I doubt we will ever be
listening to Ashleigh J. on our IPods," on career
day. This song is about following your dreams and
not letting anyone or anything come between you
and what you were born to do. No matter what
your dream is...no one can take it from you unless
you let them!
Thank you for supporting my dreams and purchasing
my music! I hope you enjoy my songs! Keep
checking back for this is only the beginning.
New Song "ALONE"
Check out my new single "ALONE" Please let me
know what you think!!