Debut album “Love Iration”, released August 9th, 2019. Ashley IRAE; Soul Rebel Creative.
Neo- Soul Reggae RnB Singer/songwriter and musician born in California and based in between Jamaica and Florida. Organically having deep connection to roots and culture music, Ashley's voice has always been influenced and rooted in soulful, melodic and lyrically meaningful messages. "It's all about the message in the music for me. African based rhythms, Soul, RnB, and jazz have always had a strong resonance within my spirit; music is medicine when you know and realize that, you can create from anything with soul.", Ms. Irae states. "I know a big portion of my purpose through music is to break ancestral chains and bring unity among races of men and women combined", Ashley proclaims. Her soulful angelic voice opens people's hearts combined with conscious messages to uplift people's spirits.
Most recently, Ashley Irae has released a dancehall single called "Solution" recorded in Kingston, Jamaica. Ashley Irae has played shows in internationally and is currently working on booking more festivals as she continues to push out more music & visual content. Miss Irae has worked with Crowntown Records, Optimus Prott, Independent Record Labels from Trinidad, and Atown Records in Jamaica on her debut album "Love Iration". She recently released a female collaboration album with Female live dub creator and selektress Soultry Dubs entitled "Soultry Sound". The debut single from her first album Love Iration entitled “Beauty Queen” was released at the end of September in 2018 with Official Music Video Available on YouTube and Vevo. This song created an initial Fan Base and captured hearts and continues to inspire woman all around the world emphasizing the importance of loving yourself instead of looking to someone else to fill the void.
She has since released singles including being a part of a UK based Riddim with 3 other artists on the riddim as well as collaborations with other artists. She is currently working on her next projects working with producer Reggae Yard Vybez from Kingston, Jamaica as well as a solo acoustic EP on the way.
Ashley Irae stands for truth, harmony, balance, and authenticity overcoming life's struggles through the power of vibration. Word. Sound. Power.
Please share a story that includes a happy memory as an artist and has hugely impacted your artistry. One of the happiest memories, thus far, I have as an artist is after playing the central valley Cali reggae festival. There was a young girl that came up to me full of smiles in the crowd after performing. The inspiration that filled her spirit from my performance brought tears to my eyes. This is why I do music to inspire the younger generation to follow their dreams because I know how hard they make it in this world. My messages in my music are to truly remind them that with focus, discipline, self-love, and consistency you can truly achieve anything you set your heart, mind, and the fire in your soul to.
How do you choose to lead a Happy Healthy life as an artist?
Alongside being a singer/songwriter, recording and performing artist I am also a Holistic Wellness Teacher specializing in teaching Yoga, Pilates, and plant-based nutrition coaching. My Brand Irae Holistic Living encompasses these services as well as products such as sea moss gel, naturally flavored sea moss gel, black seed oil and more!
My guidelines to leading a happy and healthy life are as follows:
- Smile everyday!
- Meditate to calm, focus, and still the mind.
- Solution focused mindset
- Do what you love everyday
-Practice honing your craft, whatever creative medium you choose, everyday and don't allow anything to get in your way including your own self at times!
- Eat more plants!
- Laugh, sweat, and cry
- Live in the moment
- Remember you are divinely guided when following the calling of your soul
Who did you learn from to instill those values?
I learned through all the ancients before me that have lived in the name of bringing forth truth, justice, balance, and righteousness, peace, and balance to this world.
I also learned through my own trials and tribulations as I continued to know myself to the deepest and most true layers. I give thanks to all the Ras Tafari and Indigenous elders before me that allowed me to be alive here today to continue the movement of raising consciousness on this planet to the highest of heights. I have learned so much on my journey thus far, but have so much more to learn and instill within my future youths. Was it hard work to make sure that you focused on your well-being and not only your art?
No, for me it was not since I am also a Wellness professional it is natural for me to make sure I am taken care of because I know that if I am not I cannot create to my highest abilities if I am only living in survival mode. I find it most challenging in the beginning here of my music career to balance the time between practicing music and also making an income since the income from music is not enough to sustain in the very beginning of reaching more exposure. Was there a turning point in how you decided to put yourself first?
Yes. I had my first initial spiritual awakening at the end of 2012 after an adolescence self-destructive lifestyle patterns, I came into self-love and remembered my purpose as a singer and teacher. From that moment forward I immediately gravitated towards learning meditation, breathing exercises, yoga, and Pilates and I knew I was meant to become a teacher from the very start. Shortly after in 2015 I came even more into my authentic version of self and became Ital (Vegan/plant-based) and began really diving into Reggae, Roots & Culture, and Ras Tafari teachings and practices.
How do you like to promote a healthy lifestyle?
I like to promote a healthy lifestyle by encouraging students and fans to live a life of detox. What I mean by this is it's not just about eating the plant-based food (that is a great factor) but detoxing your mind from negative, self-defeating, and limiting thoughts. Focusing on Mental Health and dealing with the root issues that cause the limiting and self-defeating thought patterns and your physical will be a reflection of your internal. When we think about what we consume on a daily basis, it's not just what we are eating. It's your thoughts, your mind, your words, your actions, your subconscious thoughts about yourself...etc.
However, when eating a whole food based plant-based eating pattern the mind can then function at its optimum state. Practicing yoga is also part of the detox life because it is a practice that always brings you back to the stillness which is where the clarity comes in. Yoga strengthens the immune system and also detoxes the lymphatic system through the breath; the lymphatic system is the body's immune support. Essentially, Irae Living starts with the quality of your mental state of being.
In what ways are you connecting with fans to check in on each other?
I connect with my fans through instagram, youtube, and all digital music platforms. I encourage them that as they raise their vibration from listening to my music that it will create a ripple effect in the way they communicate with each other.
Who checks in on YOU when you need it most?
I used to struggle with not having anybody....I had to sit with it....I had to do a whole lot of deep inner work and manifestations....
Now my divine King, best friend, partner in life, and lover checks on me and knows me almost as well as I know myself. Changing habits can be hard. Which was the habit that you had to change and how has it changed your life now?
The habit that I have gotten so much better with but can also still have my more challenging days with is destination mindset (especially when it comes to the level of exposure, finances, shows, and fan base that I don't currently have but know that I am capable of having and know is coming in divine timing).
Many people have no idea the challenges an independent artist faces especially when it comes to building a solid fan base. The average person has no idea how much money it takes to invest in yourself as an artist in the beginning of your career just like creating any long standing business.
However, despite the circumstances when I truly tune into my most high self in my meditation practices I am able to change the habit of having a destination mindset and truly be present in the moment remembering that I am always exactly where I need to be for my growth. When I tune into fully being present in each moment it is truly life changing because all stress and pressure melts away and only peace remains. It is within this peace where I attain true wealth on all aspects whether I am presently conscious of it all the time or not. Is there a song, book, movie, show, or anything that always gives you the motivation you need?
There are too many songs to count that give me motivation when I need it!
"The Wise Mind of Emperor Haile Selassie I"
Author: Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie
"Motivation manifesto: 9 Declarations to Claim your Personal Power"
Author: Brendon Burchard What is the mantra of 2022?!
Answer: The Mantra of 2022 is:
"Where your Focus Goes Energy Flows; in your thoughts, words, and actions."~ Ashley Irae Give all the inside scoop on your latest project!
Ashley Irae has a lot of new works on the horizon for Summer 2022 starting with the Single Release entitled "Rebirth" from her upcoming Acoustic EP.
Ashley Irae is a versatile artist with a solid message of oneness, truth, freedom, and righteousness through a soulful raw expression.
You can follow Ashley Irae on ALL MAJOR DIGITAL STREAMING PLATFORMS i.e Spotify, Itunes, Amazon, Google Play, Pandora...etc.
Instagram Link: instagram.com/ashleyirae
Youtube Link: Youtube.com/ashleyirae
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/6dXcPg9c5zNSpZI2c9q9sY