After her hit, Battleships, blew up in South Africa—her home country, Ashlinn Gray signed to Sony ATV Music Publishing at 16 years old. She has since been experimenting with light and dark melodies and lyrics to create her sound: Left Pop.
As a charismatic and unapologetic artist, Gray explores the intersection of owning ones power and the vulnerability of taking risks. Kicking off 2020, she released her new single ‘Best Friend’ which celebrates self love. She explains, “Self love is often over looked and sometimes loving yourself is the answer to our problems. We should be proud of who we are and our story. We need to be kinder to ourselves.”
Ashlinn, who now resides in Los Angeles, began to write her first songs at the age of 15 in Johannesburg. She then released her self-titled debut EP, along with first single ‘Battleships’, which made iTunes top 40 and charted on top stations across South Africa. Her release ‘Need Your Love’ with Dr. Bone, produced by Sketchy Bongo, was a Coke Studios ZA hit and Gray’s pop single Nineteen charted on 5FM and Jacaranda, two of South Africa’s largest national radio stations as well as came fourth in the International Songwriting Competition. Her international collaboration with Clark Cables, WorkForMe, received 350k views on youtube as well as her other international collaboration ‘Resurrection’ with Luke Gawne received considerable attention.
In 2019 she released, ‘STFU’, produced by Abe Dertner, taking a defiant stand in believing in yourself and not letting negativity ruin good vibes. In her production, she toys with intersecting genres, combining rock, pop and hip hop elements into a track that is unpredictable. After spending most of last year in studio, Ashlinn is ready to share her much anticipated music with the world. While releasing loads of new music, she will also be making her debut on American television participating on American Idol Season 3. Her message is loud and clear: Take risks. Follow your heart. Be who you are. Love yourself.