“I’m a rocker hailing from Peoria, Illinois who took interest in music at the early age of 8 years old. At 10 I was playing licks on the guitar and my vocal career at 10 quickly followed.”

Check out the interview with Ashley Bean Band exclusively on Skilly Magazine Online.

Skilly: Where did this all start? Tell us about your journey in the entertainment business.
Ashley Bean: I’m a rocker hailing from Peoria, Illinois who took interest in music at the early age of 8 years old. At 10 I was playing licks on the guitar and my vocal career at 10 quickly followed. At age 12 I started a church worship band and at the age of 16 I meet and played with the original members from Journey.

What would be your biggest piece of advice for the young kids out there trying to do what you do?
Never give up, keep pushing no matter how hard it gets. Keep pushing forward with your music.

What are some of the hardest challenges and tasks in your position?
I would say the hardest task for us is getting ourselves into larger shows and tours.

We all know the entertainment business is very tough, but what do you find is the best way to promote and advertise your music?
What I do is find my target audience on my social media sites and push my music to them. It helps me grow my music and fan base.

Tell us about your city. How are the artists and the fans?
I am from the Peoria, Illinois area and the bands and fans are very supportive. The bands help each other out with shows and supporting all the bands at their shows.

Where do you see yourself a year from today?
I hope to see myself in a year touring and working with a label.

Who and what were your biggest inspirations? Who do you look up to in today’s world?
My inspirations would be Cathy Reynolds (four time CIA gospel Artist of the year), Mike Isenberg from the Jets, Rusty Hall (back up musician), John Coulter (sound engineer for Marshall Tucker), and Diana Meltzer (founder of Seether, Evanescence, and Creed).

How do you feel about the music coming out today? Do you like it?
I like some of the music that has been coming out lately. I’m really liking a lot of the emotion bands and artists are putting in their music.

Where can we contact you and find you online?
Official website: www.ashleybeanband.net
Reverbnation: ashleybean
Facebook: ashley21bean
Twitter: @christinabean73
YouTube: theashbean

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