Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Ashley Robertson received an education in Music Business at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee where she worked with her first producer, Allen Frizzell, songwriter and brother of the legendary Lefty Frizzell. Her debut release through Arizona label Comstock Records quickly gained critical and international success establishing a devoted fan base that propelled her songs to the top of country radio charts in several nations, landing her a European Country Music award and recognition as one of the youngest songwriters ever to have two self-written songs make the top 100 at Canadian country radio. Ashley Robertson Music is a boutique music publishing company founded during the early stages of her burgeoning career so Robertson could maintain full creative control and make decisions about what was best for her music.
She again topped the U.S. Independent, European & UK country charts with her self-written bluegrass single “A Letter” and began writing and recording her sophomore album “Woman in the White Dress”. According to Larry Delaney of Country Music News she “steps into full control of the project by writing all of the songs, and producing”. Ashley was subsequently invited to perform for the prestigious Songwriter’s Showcase during the Canadian Country Music Awards. During this time she also worked closely with Shelby Kennedy at BMI Nashville under a pilot project with Belmont University to pitch songs from their catalogue and was thrilled when a song she helped pitch was recorded by Leann Womack and released as a single and music video called Finding My Way Back Home.
Two more singles “Deep in the Night” & “Woman in the White Dress” became a smash on country radio in several nations, including the number one spot on the National Aboriginal Top 30 Countdown in Canada, and the Pan-Europe Country Radio chart. Ashley’s other releases include “Back in Manitoba”, a special tribute released for the Manitoba 2010 Homecoming celebration and “Return To Me” which reached the number 2 spot on the European charts and named one of the most played country songs of 2011 worldwide by CountryBear Magazine. The song “Woman in the White Dress” also became part of the soundtrack for the Sundance Film Institute feature “Compliance”, handpicked by director Craig Zobel. The film debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and received global distribution by Magnolia Pictures.
Robertson released her third album “Start Again” in 2013 which performed well on charts such as the U.S. Roots Music Report debuting at number four and single “Finished With You” was chosen by Virgin America Airlines to be featured on all their domestic U.S. flights. The single “Wild & Free” received a nice amount of radio play and she captured the top spot again on the National Aboriginal Music Countdown in Canada in 2014. She has received several nominations for Manitoba Country Music Awards over the last few years such as Single and Song of the Year for “Heatwave”, co-written with contemporary country artists Rachel Button and Fiona Culley which saw release in 2015. During that time Robertson closely collaborated with Rachel Button to write and record Button's second album.
Winning at the 2016 Manitoba Country Music Awards for Aboriginal Artist of the Year, her latest single "How Are You My Love" is part of an album and awareness campaign for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women called We Canada Walk receiving frequent airplay on SiriusXM. Robertson also collaborated with several artists and songwriters including renowned Canadian rapper Choclair and famed producer Patrick McKenzie to create the theme song for the campaign.
At the beginning of 2017 Robertson was cast in a music documentary called “Staging the Band” which brought together four musicians all previously unknown to each other and challenged them to create and perform a set of entirely new songs in front of an audience in less than a month, guided by Juno award winning writer/producer Dana “Rusty” Matyas.
Robertson continues to work with a variety of artists and songwriters and most recently received a nomination for Traditional Country Duo of the Year at the 2019 Josie Music Awards for her latest project “Aaron & Ashley” featuring herself and duo partner Aaron Prociuk. Prociuk and Robertson regularly write and perform songs together and have proven to be a popular combination.
Ashley Robertson Music is affiliated with The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN), The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), The Nashville Songwriter's Association International, The Country Music Association, The Canadian Country Music Association, The Manitoba Country Music Association and Manitoba Music.
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