Thank you for taking some time out of your busy schedule to have a brief discussion with us at LadsWishList, and may we say a BIG congratulations on your success as a singer and songwriter. Especially in having your music played on such popular VH1 shows as Love and Hip Hop Atlanta, Single Ladies, and Basketball Wives. To name a few. We wish you the GREATEST success and for all of your dreams to come true.
To be sure, you have the sound reminiscent of the RnB of the early nineties. And in our opinion, that was when RnB and HipHip of our generation was in its golden age. When artists like Grenique, Adriana Evans, Monifah, Amel Larrieux and others carried such a sound so unique that it still resonates in the collective unconscious, especially among Neo-Soul purists. But your sound does not seem tied to one genre. Actually more of a medley of Reggae, Neo-Soul, RnB, and even the way you bridge some of your notes has hint of Straight-ahead Jazz…
LWL: So Juliette, what would you call your music? I mean if you wanted to define it, how would you?
JA: …Its definitely a blend between Reggae and late 90’s RnB with hints of country, jazz and a lot of soul…..
LWL: Can you tell us a little about your history? From whereabouts in London do you hail? What age did you properly get called to music? And who were some of the people/artists that influenced your love for music?
JA:…Im a north london girl… grew up in Barnet, went to school in Southgate. I wrote my first song when I was 7 years old called ” Place In My Heart” it was a country song. I first went into the recording studio when I was 9 with my best friend… we recorded 4 tracks together…we were a rap /singing duo called ” SWEET & SOUR” we based ourselves around the US duo SALT N PEPPER…. our first song we ever recorded was called ” SPINDARELLA”
My first 2 biggest influences in music were BONNIE RAITT and BOB MARLEY…. also Erykah Badu, Lil MO, Stevie Wonder, Boyz2Men, Glenn Lewis, Eric Benet, Faith Evans, Fantasia, SWV, Brandy, Silk, Tevin Campbell, Kelly Price, Beres Hammond, are also some of my biggest influences………
LWL: You continue to be quite busy. From performing at such local venues as the Jazz Cafe and Servant Jazz, countless Festivals, and even international venues such as Eddie’s Attic in Atlanta Georgia U.S.A.
Do you have a favorite performance so far? A favorite venue?
JA:…I really cant pin point just one as I’ve enjoyed so many… Definitely performing at SXSW in Texas this year for Russell Simmons/Steve Riffkind and Perez Hilton was amazing experience…. I think my EP launch at JAZZ CAFE in London was the most important to me as the venue and my history with my best friends there meant so much to be able to do my EP launch night there,… and have it packed out… I’ve watched some of my biggest inspirations perform on that stage so it meant so much. Was a very emotional evening on many levels….
LWL: Your song “Over & Over” is such a lovely, summer sunshine tune and has really started to build a massive buzz. But your song “Waiting” is so heavy and deeply emotional to listen to. Can you tell us a little about what motivated the words in that song?
JA:..I wrote Waiting for my best friend who I lost nearly 3 years ago… it feels like yesterday… still haven’t come to terms with it and don’t think I ever will.
LWL: Your debut album, “Bittersweet”, is set to really be a serious must-have for any fan of good music, dare I say an instant classic! So do you have a favorite track on the album?
JA:… I cant wait to get my first baby out there…..all the tracks are important to me as I only write about my own life experiences….. if I had to some up the whole album with one song it would probably be “TAKE IT OVER” track
LWL: And we are pretty certain, that once “Bittersweet” drops, a great many will be clamoring to link with you. Who are some people that you would like to work with?
JA:…I would LOVE to collaborate with Stephen Marley, Bonnie Raitt, Erykah Badu, Wanya Morris, Coner Reeves, Allen Stone, Trey Songz, Damian Marley, Missy Elliot, Foxy Brown, Common, the list can go and on !!!
LWL: It is quite endearing to notice how you keep connected with your fans through social media outlets. Do you think social media has played a major part in the traction you have gained?
JA:…most definitely, I have to be honest and say that Im not a 24/7 social media person… Im a workaholic and my passion in life is music so iv normally got my head stuck there…. but I couldn’t find the words to thank the people that follow my music and support me through social media… I couldn’t do it without them and that’s the truth…. I owe everything to those people…. and social media most definitely has orchestrated that.
LWL: Do you have any other aspirations within the entertainment industry? Maybe acting or producing?
JA:…I love writing and singing…but there’s no better way than getting your music exactly how you want it than producing it yourself….so producing for myself and other artists is something I would love to have more time to focus on… Im so lucky to work with such amazing producers who can really understand where Im coming from and how I want the tracks to sound.
LWL: We truly appreciate the time you have taken to satisfy some of our curiosity!! When does “Bittersweet” drop, how can fans listen to more of your music?
JA:…Thank you so much guys…. BitterSweet is due for release In August 2014 and Im putting it out through pledge music www.pledgemusic.com/julietteashby / www.julietteashby.com
Im donating 5% of every proceed to the ” VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION” what they do is so amazing and I really support what they are doing as a foundation for children and music.