An infectiously catchy singer and songwriter, Ashley Sloggett was raised on punk rock and dad’s vinyl. A Burlington native, she’s been a fixture in her local music scene for over a decade. Most of that time was spent giving every kid and their brother a chance to cut their chops at the all-ages shows she ran at her neighbourhood YMCA. Immersed in all things D.I.Y, it was there she learned the ways of rock and roll from the forefathers she would grow up aspiring to.
In 2004, with that blue-collared spirit in tow, Ashley came onto the music scene as a solo artist. She self-released her debut EP, simply titled “The Demos” – a home recorded output of upbeat folkey-pop songs that would quickly match her up with London-based indie record label Blacktop Recordings (Canadian home of Jonah Matranga, Kevin Seconds, Wheatus).
She would continue on to tirelessly tour Canada coast-to-coast, and venture into the US multiple times, including a series of in-store performances for the major retail chain “Hot Topic”. She’s played with acts ranging everywhere from metal to country, including: Gordon Lightfoot, The Reason, D.O.A., The Saint Alvia Cartel, Sarah Blackwood, The Flatliners, The Artist Life, Dead & Divine, Attack In Black and more.
After releasing her “Annum EP” in 2009, life circumstances had Sloggett laying low and reassessing her musical pursuit. However, a call from close friend and up-and-coming producer Ian Blackwood in December of 2010 would change absolutely everything. Only weeks later Ashley found herself more inspired than ever and ready to fully commit to her new partnership.
It was almost a two-year hiatus from writing and departure from her (now former) label that has made Ashley more fiery and optimistic than ever. With her fourth album recorded Spring 2011 and released the following Fall, titled “Between Sleep and Summer”, it’s an eclectic mix of pop, southern-rock, punk and folk. Her current set of contagious sing-alongs has also been noted as her “best effort at songwriting to date”.
With influences and comparisons alike ranging everywhere from Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, to Saves The Day, The Smashing Pumpkins and Against Me!, one thing is certain – Ashley Sloggett is as original and refreshing as they come.