We were fortunate enough to talk ish with Singer…Ashley Kimbrae!!! Ashley Kimbrae is a BET’s Music Matters Artist, who was also a contestant on the hit TV Series, The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep. Ashley Kimbrae just recently released a hit single called With You, featuring Brian Angel from Day 26. With You, has been on several music sites including Yahoo Music. Let’s get to know Ashley Kimbrae…
3 Voices: Introduce yourself to the world. Let the people know who Ashley Kimbrae is and what Ashley Kimbrae does.
Ashley Kimbrae: I am Ashley Kimbrae. I am from Dallas, Texas and I am a R&B singer… up and coming.
3 Voices: What inspired you to become a singer? Who are some singers that have influenced your music career?
Ashley Kimbrae: Well of course, I’m like most R&B singers. I grew up in the church, my grandfather is a pastor. So I have been singing since I was young, probably like 5 in the choir and everything. But of course, I was influenced growing up by the greats, Whitney, Mariah…I’m a big Brandy fan. Aaliyah, TLC, and of course now, Beyonce. There’s so many more, the list can go on and on.
3 Voices: What was it like to intern for Tina Knowles? What did you learn?
Ashley Kimbrae: Well I was actually, it was under Music World but I was in the House of Dereon department, so I was interning with Mrs. Tina’s executive assistant. It was really, really cool… it was great to see the business side of it because they have conference calls…for instance I remember, I think it was for the Grammys or the Billboard Music Awards, but I remember when Beyonce was performing with Tina Turner and I was able to…I had to sit there, be on the conference calls, make sure I took down all the notes, just so they each can have minutes and notes…just to hear all the majestic that goes into making one performance great. And seeing how hard Beyonce works, Destiny’s Child works and Mrs. Tina. It was great to experience that and I definitely learned a lot from that experience.
3 Voices: What was your experience like on the reality show, “The Next: Fame Is At Your Doorstep”? What did you learn & how did it help you?
Ashley Kimbrae: That was probably the biggest step for my career. For it to be a national show and just to be out there it was great. For Nelly to be my mentor, he taught me a lot. He was very hands on and he wanted to make sure his competitors were the best. I think I took what I was able to learn what I’m good at stage performance wise, how to definitely control my nerves because I have a really big nerve problem as far as being nervous and not knowing what to do and feeling like Ima about to pass out lol. They definitely got that under control and just taking advice from people like Nelly, Gloria Estefan, John Rich, and Joe Jonas…it was great to hear them because they have been in the business for a really, really long time and these are people who are Grammy Award winners and platinum,…Nelly is a Diamond selling artist. It was awesome and I’m always keep that with me. Me and [Nelly] are still really cool so he still checks in every so often to see what’s going on and how he can support.
3 Voices: Could it be possible for Nelly and Ashley Kimbrae to collaborate on a song together?
Ashley Kimbrae: I think that would be great. I would never say never. I would definitely love to do that, we never really talked about that. We talked about working together in the past, but you never know.
3 Voices: What was it like being a BET Music Matters artist? What did you gain from that experience? What was your most memorable moment during the BET Awards Weekend?
Ashley Kimbrae: I’m still a Music Matters Artist…to have a major network behind you and believe that you are the next big thing just says a lot. For me, that’s when I knew I was coming into my moment of this is definitely where I need to be, this is where I wanna be. And the people who came before me, as far as being Music Matters Artists, J.Cole, Nelly Fiona, Kendrick Lamar, Miguel…it’s so many people on that list and to see from where Music Matters has taken them is incredible, I’m so honored to even be a part of it. I’m excited, I can’t really announce everything that is going on now but I still have some big things in the works with them definitely for the summer. I will be back in LA again for the BET Experience and the BET Awards. Last year it was just incredible because you’re walking amongst those people and having to perform amongst those people you looked up to your whole life, it’s just great.
3 Voices: Tell us about your single, With You. What’s the inspiration of With You?
Ashley Kimbrae: That single is with me and Brian Angel from Day 26. It’s just a powerful, love song. Lyrically it’s just saying how you’re so in love with someone that anything is possible when you’re with that person. That’s a strong love to have. I was joking around with my mom like ‘man, I can’t wait to have that type of love because that’s crazy,’ lol. I haven’t quite experienced that yet, so hopefully one day I can. It was great to work with [Brian Angel] and I think it’s a really beautiful song. So far the responses have been great, I was surprised… it premiered on yahoo. I was really, really excited about that this morning when I saw that. It’s more to come and more people to release it as well, so I just hope that everyone continue to enjoy it.
3 Voices: Can we expect a music video for With You?
Ashley Kimbrae: We actually started to talk about that. We knew people would like the song…I don’t think we expected as a biggest response as we’ve gotten even from the few hours that it’s been released. So it’s definitely a talk, to see if this is something we can do, to see how far we’re actually going to take the song. That’s definitely something that can definitely happen, we’re just not sure if we wanna do it on the fixed scale like BET, MTV or is it going to be something like viral video. But we’re definitely in talks about doing something for it.
3 Voices: What’s next for Ashley Kimbrae? Are there any exclusives that you can share with us?
Ashley Kimbrae: What I can say is that I do have a EP coming out later this summer, in August called The Process, which With You will be available on that as well. I just have some great things coming up this summer with Music Matters so be on the lookout for that and also be on the lookout for my EP.
3 Voices: How can the people reach out to Ashley Kimbrae on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and etc.?
Ashley Kimbrae: Twitter and Instagram both are @AshleyKimbrae.
And there you have it people! You heard it all from Ashley Kimbrae herself! Be sure to request her latest single, With You on every radio station and be on the lookout for her collaborating with BET’s Music Matters. Much success to you Ashley Kimbrae and keep in touch!
Here’s Ashley Kimbrae’s single With You featuring Brian Angel: