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  • Writer's pictureMary Ann

Thirsty Thursday Featuring Jen Ash

Thank you for chatting with us. Did you always want to be a musician or was there a specific moment that something happened that made you think "this is what I want to do with my life." If so, what was it? I was playing professional basketball before. I didn't think about music at all! I honestly didn't know I could sing like that, until a friend of mine heard me and forced me to sing a song for her. I was still focused on my basketball career until it wasn't fun for me anymore. When that happened, I decided to move to LA to have a new life, find love, and be happy. But along the way I found a different love, a love for music, the love of being an artist and being different. Los Angeles helped me figure out who I was. I am gifted with my voice and I will keep following my destiny.

How was it filming the video for"I Can't Breathe?" First I would like to say that I LOVE being on set. I get to put every idea in my head into 3D. What a fun process. I'm blessed to be working with Eddie and he is such an amazing director and producer. He takes my ideas to another level and help me be the best version of myself. Being around creative people is good for my soul. "I Can't Breathe" was a very heavy subject. The context of the song is

devastating, and I was angry and hurt by people cruelty so I really wanted to show my support. I think it is one of my favorite videos . We rented a rain room. The water was coming from the roof and it was absolutely stunning. Eddie took incredible shots. I needed to express everyone's pain and suffering and the rain helped to create the vibe of it. The mascara going down my eyes was the symbol of people's cries. It was beautifully done and it was very important for me to be a part of the fight. When I got the first draft of the video I got very emotional.

Looking back, what was the first album or "Vinyl" you bought? I think it was the Spice Girls. I was obsessed with them. The girl and boy bands were trendy back in those days. The Spice Girls were amazing to me. They all have created different characters, personalities, and styles. It was very unique, but my favorite was Geri Halliwell.

What was the best piece of advice you've ever been given about pursuing a career in music? To stay true to myself. To keep working on what my heart desires and not what people tell me to do. To be 100% real. To have fun and of course to NEVER GIVE UP. Do it for the love, then success and money will come.

What's your advice for young artists trying to establish a name for themselves? Especially young females that may see you as a role model. I would say learn! Learn the business and learn how the process works. I had to learn everything, because nobody wanted to sign me. So I did it on my own. I met people who have taught me along the way and I am so grateful for them. They shared their knowledge and it is very important. The day people will be interested to work with you, they won't be able to take advantage of you because you will have knowledge. Stay true to your values. Respect yourself and set boundaries. If people don't have respect for you then the opportunity is not worth it. Do not sell your soul.

Was there ever music playing in the kitchen growing up? Oh yes, my mom was playing a mix of Arabic and French music, very entertaining, we had Alaina, Charles Aznavour, Enrico Macias etc.

What is an example of a menu you would prepare if I came over? I am not a big fan of cooking to be honest, maybe it’s because I live alone and have nobody to cook for…

I also have a very busy schedule and cooking takes some time if you want something tasty. But of course if you come over I would definitely make an effort. I would probably make a nice chicken curry with rice and a my mother’s recipe ratatouille, it’s bomb!

What is one food that most people seem to like, but you cannot stand to eat? Oysters!! I have tried so many times to like it, but I just can’t. The texture and the taste are definitely not for me.

Home cooking or going out for dinner? Definitely going out for dinner. I love going to places and trying different food. I think chefs are artists too, and I like to support their creativity. Every restaurant has an ambiance, a vibe, and it's pleasant to experience that as well.

If you could be sponsored by one food/drink brand who would it be and why? I would say Nespresso. I have a great memory of a George Clooney commercial for the brand. I found it very classy and upscale , plus coffee is a part of most people’s life and brings people together. We all meet up around coffee , it’s a very warming element of socializing.

Jen Ash is a soulful pop/r&b artist, born in Lebanon and raised in France. After ending her professional basketball career, she decided to follow her true path, moving to Los Angeles to pursue her music career. She has been performing since 2018 in the City of Angels.

Her influences come from the 90's, with her goal being to create music that connects with and inspires listeners. She has learned to explore music on her own… what an amazing and tumultuous road it has been.

Her songwriting channels into past and present experiences and future desires, with a splash of imagination. With the ability to create in French and English her sultry vocals will take you on a memorable journey.

New single, “Crush On You” is available now.


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