Ashley is a classically trained vocalist, songwriter, and audio engineer with over fifteen years of experience in music as an engineer and performer. Ashley grew up listening to music ranging from country to musical theater to Prince to the Backstreet Boys and Nsync. In college she was a huge fan of songwriters like Jason Mraz and Rufus Wainwright and with her own classical training she always loves to sing an interesting melody. She has a Bachelor of Music degree in Sound Engineering Arts with a concentration in Classical Voice from William Paterson University. Upon completing her degree, Ashley began working as a production engineer for Westwood One Radio in New York City and singing with the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus. During her time in New York, she served as Executive Director of the chorus, mixed MTV News Briefs for radio, and began developing her songwriting and pop performance technique at open mic nights and by participating in the Leave a Lasting Mark Concert Series. She bought a ukulele in 2010 and wrote her first song on it within a few weeks. Since then she’s written numerous songs and started her band The All Night Drivers to bring new life to her songs. She has continued her musical growth as a performer and songwriter in collaborating with the band, performing in choirs in New York and New Jersey, and developing. Since she moved back to the Philadelphia area two years ago, she has been a huge supporter of music organizations in the area. Over the past few months, PFS has become like a second home for Ashley and her musical journey. She is thrilled to be joining the staff of the Philadelphia Folksong Society.