Ashley McMillen is a country inspired singer songwriter from Morgantown, West Virginia, currently based in Charlottesville, Virginia. In addition to being an award-winning songwriter and vocalist, Ashley has also made a name for herself as a radio personality on Hitkicker 99.7 Central Virginia's Country. She hosts her very own radio show, The Hitkicker Homegrown Hour, every Sunday night at 11:00 pm EST, in addition to also hosting a monthly music series, The Hitkicker Homegrown Sessions, which promotes local and regional country music talent.
You can hear Ashley's music on virtually every music platform, including Pandora (Ashley McMillen Radio), Sirius XM Radio, among others, and she has successfully released two radio singles placed in rotation on Central Virginia's Country Radio, "Straight to You" and "You and Me." 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 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 Gary Allan, Sara Evans, and Steel Magnolia, among others. Ashley will release a full length album in 2014.
As a young child, Ashley memorized nearly every gospel hymn and Disney movie soundtrack. She spent weekends watching her Grandpa Mac 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.