THE NEXT CHAPTER: Checking in with Ashley Xtina

Ashley Xtina makes music for true fans of the art. Her music is thoughtful and inspired; playing like a story to be told. On a personal note; when I listen to her music, it brings back memories of theme songs from shows (basically everything, on the WB) I adored, while growing up. Those songs that hit the spot and got in you in the mood for the adventure, you were about to set off on. Rhythm & Ruffle is thrilled to have her as one of our Featured Artists!

USE ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE HOW MUSIC MAKES YOU FEEL?

Alive. Music makes me feel alive and keeps me alive.

WHAT WOULD BE THE THEME SONG TO A REALITY SHOW FOCUSED ON YOUR LIFE AND WHY?

​”Are You Satisfied?” by Marina and the Diamonds. The lyrics tell all. It’s just a badass song about doing what you want, regardless of what people think and just believing in yourself too.

My favorite verse is:

“People like to tell you what you’re gonna be
It’s not my problem if you don’t see what I see
And I do not give a damn if you don’t believe
My problem, it’s my problem
That I never am happy
It’s my problem, it’s my problem
On how fast I will succeed.”

WHICH FEMALE ARTIST HAS INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST AND WHY?

​This question is hard for me, because I think I admire different artists for different reasons. But if I had to pick one right now, it would definitely be Sia. I think Sia is a brilliant songwriter as well as singer and performer. I would love for my career to blossom like hers, through writing for other people, while simultaneously establishing a successful solo career. She also has a very admirable way of branding herself. She shows just enough of herself to get people to notice her; but doesn’t use her looks to sell her music. I aspire to do all of that too. ​

WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR FELLOW, EMERGING FEMALE MUSICIANS?

​Be yourself. Even if you think no one is going to understand you or your music; there is always someone that will. ​

WHAT ARE YOUR IMMEDIATE MUSIC GOALS?

​ I’d love to release my album before 2015 ends. After that, who knows?

HOW IS ASHLEY XTINA GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

​By making music that makes everyone feel it was written for them and about them :). I call it “honest” music. I want to write people’s anthems.

Ashley Xtina recently debuted her latest single “Home”. You can follow her on Twitter and like her page on Facebook!

P/C: Anabella Veress | Design: Melissa Otero

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Is everything, really bigger in Texas?

You bet it is! I feel so blessed, to have recently attended my first and unfortunately last (they’re ending the conference this year) Texas Style Conference. It was an amazing event, that can be experienced vicariously through the many photos and videos. However, actually being there and absorbing the inspiring energy, in person — is simply incomparable.

My {12} favourite moments from #TxSC15, in no order…

1. Getting lost on the way to camp. It’s amazing how fast, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th come to mind, when you’ve made a wrong turn — in Texas — going to camp out, in the woods.

2. Getting lost in the cold, pouring rain with my roomie, Sam and super sweet sisters, Adrienne and Melisa; on the way to an early morning Photography session. No rain boots, no problem — but seriously, it was a problem.

3. So this isn’t all about getting lost. I had zero problems finding the dining hall. The welcome dinner was so lovely; the food was amazing. More mushroom strudel, please!

4. Getting a huge ‘welcome to camp’ hug, from TxSC Founder, Indiana. G.O.M.I. take note: she is awesome!

5. Having lunch and shooting the breeze; with these incredible, inspiring girls, who were also roomies: Cintrena, Sophie, Ana and Erica. Can’t forget, my fellow long distance traveller and cool girl, Susie!

6. Wobble dancing at the Khaki Jamboree. Eating cupcakes at the Khaki Jamboree. Getting fancy “tats” at the Khaki Jamboree. Photo-boothing at the Khaki Jamboree.

7. That one night, when my heavy eyes won the battle over my desire to stay up and chat with the roomies, Candy, Sam and Bobbie. Thought I was dreaming when I saw Indiana, standing slightly over me. I’ve since been told, it really happened.

8. Sunday morning praise circle! Love what God is doing in the lives, of so many fellow female bloggers and online entrepreneurs.

9. The kind words, closing activity. Seriously guys, thank you so much — tears for days! I am — fearless, kind, gorgeous, creative and all the other words whispered. And so are you — believe it!

10. Airport laughs with Hilary, Emma, Vana, Maddie, Brittany, Mallory and Kimi. If I forgot you, please feel free to send me hate mail. Just know, that I hate myself more for forgetting our laughs, than your mail.

11. My fan girl moment, when I first caught a glimpse of Jessie. And believe me, I don’t fan girl. So you may want to click on that link.

12. Swag! ‘Nuff said. Much love to TOMS, Minnetonka Moccasin, S.W. Basics of Brooklyn, LUNA Bar and so many others!

C.A.M.P. you were so good to me! I’ll cherish our time spent together, forever. Kisses!

P/C: Logan Pearce Photography

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THE NEXT CHAPTER: Checking in with Angelique Sabrina

Angelique Sabrina is a Bahamian entertainer, with a fun spirit that compliments her many talents. Angelique is on a mission to make her dreams a reality; and in doing so, it’s her wish to be an inspiration. With the ability to look past distractions and remain focused on her destination; her star continues to shine — with a blinding light. Rhythm & Ruffle is thrilled to have her as one of our Featured Artists!

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOURSELF AS A MUSICIAN?

As an artist I would describe my sound to be more Island/R&B/Pop. My writing style is very personal and I tend to write based off of personal experiences and things that have happened in my life.

WHAT WAS YOU FIRST BIG BREAK INTO THE INDUSTRY?

My first “big break into the industry” was my first single ‘Pull Up’. I was very shocked at the amount of international attention it got and [it] opened so many doors for me in the industry!

WHICH FEMALE ARTIST HAS INFLUENCED YOU THE MOST AND WHY?

Two female artists I would say have influenced me the most are Janet Jackson and Sade. I love everything about their brands and stage performances. They are two incredibly respected black women in the music industry with very different styles and backgrounds. I’ve learned so much watching their careers and listening to their music.

WHAT IS YOUR BEST ADVICE FOR FELLOW, EMERGING FEMALE MUSICIANS?

As a female in any industry, you need to remember to work just as hard if not harder than your competitors and to ALWAYS remain yourself when it comes down to your morals and ideals. Never ever give up.

WHAT ARE YOUR IMMEDIATE MUSIC GOALS?

I just released my very first album ‘One For The People’ and it is currently on iTunes and Amazon for download! I’m in the studio right now working on my second album and I have a new music video coming out shortly called “Fireblaze”! So make sure you stay tuned ;).

HOW IS ANGELIQUE SABRINA GOING TO CHANGE THE WORLD?

I believe that everyone is here to fulfill their passions and satisfy their personal desires for their individual lives. I believe that in itself changes the world in just the way you were meant to. I plan to do whatever it is my heart desires and to become as successful as I can be with my career life! If I can inspire just one person by doing that then I have done my part.

You can follow Angelique Sabrina on Twitter and like her on Facebook!

P/C: Barry Williams

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rhythm approved: OUR EYES

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who: Electro-Pop, singer-songwriter Lucy Rose

why: If 80s & 90s female pop hits, were blended into a modern musical smoothie — this would be the luscious result. A true blue, love at first listen for your Monday.

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