Artist in Focus: Ashley Virginia

Explore the World of Music with Ashley Virginia

Ashley Virginia playing the piano and singing on stage
Photo Credit: Alex Cardona

My name is Ashley Virginia, and I am a singer-songwriter, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, event and content producer, and in the most general sense, an artist. I started playing and performing music at age five and songwriting at age 13. Writing music and being creative are therapeutic for me. It helps me process living in a society that supports profit and individuality over collective wellness and healing. Creativity is why I get out of bed every day and what gives my existence meaning.

I’ve lived in Greensboro since 2014, and the community here has played a huge role in shaping me as a person and an artist. I got my start performing in Greensboro at the underground college house shows scene and the local open mic scene. My first gig playing my original music was in 2018 at Ben & Jerry’s in Friendly Center, and I was paid in ice cream. It’s really cool to reflect on the artistic growth I have made and the communities where I have found solace since then.

Ashley Virginia performing
Photo Credit: Savannah Thorne

I’m currently in post-production for my second album, “The Colors in My Dreams.” The creation of the album was supported by grant funding from ArtsGreensboro. At the beginning of April, I, along with a long list of musicians and collaborators, was able to go away for eight whole days to record the album at a farmhouse in Glendon, North Carolina. This recording process was really spectacular because we were completely immersed in the creative process, free from the distractions of daily life. I had the whole process documented by a videographer so I can release a short film along with the album. I have not yet set a date for release, but am aiming for late fall/early winter. I am very proud of the work we have created, and these songs are some of my favorites that I’ve written.

In the meantime, you can catch me weekly from 3-5 pm at Oden Brewery as the host of “What the Folk – Songwriter Sessions”, or visit my website to see my full calendar.

Ashley Virgina sings while holding a microphone
Photo Credit: Savannah Thorne

North Carolina singer/songwriter Ashley Virginia’s style synthesizes an eclectic spread, somewhere between Indie-Folk, 70s Country cool, West Coast cosmic Americana, and 60s Rock n’ Roll. Beyond an obvious artistic aptitude, complete with ear-catching melodies and soul-baring lyricism, Ashley’s music conveys a deeply intimate ability to share the most terrifying pieces of herself. In August 2021, she released her debut album, And Life Just Goes On Living, which leans into themes of mental health, healing, and socio-political commentary.

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