Ashley McMillen is a country inspired singer songwriter from Morgantown, West Virginia, currently based in Nashville, TN. In addition to being an award-winning songwriter and vocalist, Ashley made a name for herself as a radio personality on Hitkicker 99.7 Central Virginia's Country, while previously residing in Charlottesville, VA.
You can hear Ashley's music on virtually every music platform, including Pandora (Ashley McMillen Radio), Sirius XM Radio, among others. She is honored to be endorsed as a Breedlove Guitars Artist and is an active member of the Nashville Songwriter's Association International (NSAI) and the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP). Notable honors, Ashley landed a spot as a finalist in the 2016 NewSong Music Competition, performing at Lincoln Center in NYC, won the StarQuest Talent competition at the historic Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia, has performed for the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, and has supported internationally renowned artists such as Martina McBride, Gary Allan, John Anderson, Sara Evans, Tyler Farr and Steel Magnolia, among others.
As a young child, Ashley memorized nearly every gospel hymn and Disney movie soundtrack. She spent weekends watching her Grandpa Mack play pedal steel in his traditional country band at the Mount Heights Community Center. By 8, Ashley convinced her parents to rent a violin from a local music store to play in the school orchestra and by the time she was 15, her parents ventured to cultivate her vocal talent the best way possible in a small town, by sneaking her into karaoke bars to sing Etta James, Reba McIntire, Pat Benatar, and Patsy Cline. During that same year, while snooping through a closet, Ashley discovered her mother’s Epiphone, covered in dust, and taught herself guitar. Soon after, Ashley wrote her first song, “A Dream." The song was scribbled on a paper napkin, a good-luck trend that Ashley continues to follow to this day.