I met Ashley a few years ago in New Orleans! We reconnected in Atlanta after she moved here to follow her dreams of becoming a singer. Ashley is extremely talented (seriously) and extremely gorgeous but remains so sweet and humble. Ashley's years of hard work is continuing to pay off in a BIG way. Last year, her girl group Obs3ssed was featured on Timbaland's mixtape 'King stays King.' And for the past few months, they have been on tour with him. Whaaaaa? So crazy. Here's her interview.
Name: Ashley Mayer
Profession: Singer/Artist- Currently signed to Timbaland with Girl Group "Obs3ssed"
Most rewarding part of your job:
The most rewarding part of being an artist for me is being able to have an influence on others all while doing something that feeds my own soul and brings me genuine joy. Even if it's one person that is inspired by your drive or passion or art, I think that in itself motivates and pushes me to keep going. Also, having the freedom to creatively express myself in anything I do, at anytime and getting to be unapologetically myself is always rewarding!
If you could do anything at all today, with money being no object, what would you do?
If I could do anything in general besides music, I'm really passionate about the environment and animals so I'd probably have my own island and live off the land.
Someone knocks on your door. Who would you want it to be and why?
I would love to say something wildly interesting and possibly pick someone with a musical influence but if ANYONE were to knock on my door, I would want it to be my paw paw who passed away last year. I'm a strong believer in life being all about the "little things". If I could have one more conversation with him, just pick his brain, ask him more questions, and make sure he knew how much I loved him my heart would be content!
If you could get a do-over in life, what would you do differently?
Besides the fact of a cheesy elementary school play, where my wig fell off in a hilarious way, I don't believe much in do over overs. I believe things happen how they are supposed to happen. They might not always be fair, but our experiences shape us into the strong, driven, and courageous people we were meant to be.
What is the best advice you've ever been given?
Hands down the best advice I have ever been given is to always follow your gut and to do all things with a grateful heart no matter what. The older I get and the more I experience, the more this is evident!
How do you hope your story/life inspires others?
I truly hope the light and life God gave me inspires others in a way that helps people realize we are all the same. No matter where you are in your journey, no matter how happy/sad you feel, how much you have/don't have, I hope everyone can see that true happiness comes from inside yourself, it is a decision you make and a commitment you make to yourself! You have to find out who you are and stand strong in your belief in yourself. At the end of the day, we are all people searching for the same things, to be genuinely FREE and HAPPY. Whatever that looks like for you, I hope I can help people see that my passion for life and art and my faith have been the things that have saved me, motivated me, and pushed me to keep going. Life is what you make it and it truly starts inside yourself. "Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it." Proverbs 4:23
What is the best thing God has revealed to you?
The best thing God has revealed to me is not to waste what you have been given. Use everything single thing God has given you. Your heart, your mind, your voice, quiet spirit, your strong spirit, your way with words, your math skills! A talent comes in many forms. Whatever you have, no matter how SMALL you think it is, God thinks it's HUGE and it makes a difference, it matters. When I leave this earth I truly want to say I used everything he gave me.
Check out Ashley's girl group Obs3ssed here