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  • Ashley Mitchell

    This show was on Oct 26th, 2014 | 13 people watched
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    • Oct 27
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I am thankful to have been given the gift of song. My name is Ashley Mitchell and I

am a 26 year old singer/songwriter/performer from Goldsboro, Maryland. Having grown up in a

small town, I now fully appreciate the expression, “follow your dreams.” Music performances

are very few and far between in this small area of the world I call home. This means I have to

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I am thankful to have been given the gift of song. My name is Ashley Mitchell and I

am a 26 year old singer/songwriter/performer from Goldsboro, Maryland. Having grown up in a

small town, I now fully appreciate the expression, “follow your dreams.” Music performances

are very few and far between in this small area of the world I call home. This means I have to

push myself harder and be persistent in pursuing my lifelong dream as a singer.

I began singing around age three. My mother says all I have ever wanted to do is sing from

the moment I could speak; funny how that has been consistent throughout my entire life. She

would take me to the local karaoke spots so that I could become familiar with singing in front of

others. My mother has always been my largest supporter. I have grown up with her by my side

helping me in anyway possible. Every school night after dinner we would turn on the radio or

pop in our favorite CD’s and sing for hours. We could never afford voice lessons, so this was her

way of helping me grow as a singer. Before I knew it I was section leader of every choir I

performed with throughout school. It wasn’t until high school that I truly began to study my

After performing in my ninth grade chorus class, my teacher, Doc Thompson, had taken an

interest in my singing and placed me in a music theory course. I was then introduced to others

who loved and appreciated music as strongly as I. We were then asked to attend the Advanced

Music Theory class. It was this class which inspired us to create a band called Doc’s

Concoction, in honor of the teacher who brought us together. The group consisted of several

talented musicians. We became locally well know and began to take the music scene by storm.

After our graduation in 2006 the group lasted a little over a year. We all decided to go our

separate ways to pursue our career goals. For Drummer Donny Marvel and I, music was our

goal. Donny decided to focus on playing multiple instruments as I decided to strengthen my

piano skills. The two of us began collaborating song writing ideas. In 2009 we produced an

original CD, Ashley Mitchell, “Time to Shine.” Throughout this time Donny and I were both

attending college and working towards forming a one of a kind band

Throughout my schooling I was singing for local events, such as fundraisers, school sports

events, talent shows, weddings, etc... I was doing the best I could to make a name for myself. I

was asked to sing the National Anthem for many events around Maryland’s Eastern Shore. I

sang the National Anthem for the Delaware State Fair’s Demolition Derby from 2003 through

2009, I also sang for Delmarva Shorebirds three times throughout my high school career. I was

asked by my high school administrators to perform the National Anthem for Maryland’s

Lieutenant Governor who was visiting our school during my junior year. My senior year of high

school I awarded honorable mention for Vocal Performance in both English as well as a foreign

language through Maryland’s Distinguished Scholars scholarship program. Upon entering

college I knew my passion was music and I was to study vocal performance. I attended

Chesapeake Community College in Wye Mills, Maryland, Goucher College in Baltimore,

Maryland, and then finally found my home at Washington College, in Chestertown Maryland. It

was there I became a Music Major, Business Management Minor. I had studied classical vocal

training until entering Washington. I was allowed to express my creativity and study my

preferred genre, Pop and Jazz vocal methods. I performed in my own solo recital featuring two

guitarists, Donny Marvel and Paul Donovan, as well as Chairman of the Music Department, Dr.

Gary Clarke. The recital featured Jazz pieces as well as original works by Donny Marvel and I.

From 2010 through 2011 was awarded the WC Friends of the Arts Scholarship. I was also

awarded the 2011 Music Awarded for the graduating class of 2011. I graduated from Washington

College in May of 2011 with Bachelors of the Arts.

I am currently working with some of the most talented musicians in our area. The chemistry

and musical connection that runs through the Ashley Mitchell Band sets us apart from any other

group around. Words can only go so far in describing the passion and dedication I have for

music, and I am blessed to have met others who appreciate music just as much as I. “Where

Words Fail, Music will Always Speak.”

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