When the pandemic hit, she became worried about how music education might suffer and the multi Grammy-nominated singer teamed up with the CMA Foundation to become a Music Education Artist Ambassador to help children with music education and songwriting.
"The things that I learned when I was in band or choir all translated over and made me a better musician," Ashley tells us, explaining the CMA Foundation team she worked with helped her develop a wonderful lesson to help kids continue with their music education. Ashley says being able to give back was a dream come true.
Like all musicians, Ashley longs to get back to touring and she recognizes how hard not being able to gather has been on artists, crew members, and fans. She notes for some not being able to pursue their passion can lead to losing some of one's identity.
"If you're feeling like you have lost a little bit of yourself... reach out to another artist, crew member... because everyone is feeling the same way," she shares, telling us she has benefited from connecting with other musicians during this time. She adds, "You're not the only one, so don't be the only one."
For the singer, the pandemic has increased her anxiety and also caused her to feel depressed at times, but she says turning to songwriting has helped her cope.
And a possible pandemic silver lining, according to Ashley, "There is going to be so much great music as a side effect of us being home for a while."