The Beat caught up with local singing sensation Ashlinn Gray to talk about Taylor Swift, One Direction, her favourite song to sing in the shower and her musical guilty pleasure
I was first introduced to music....in 2007 when my sister wanted to start singing. She had the natural ability but I was pretty close to tone deaf. I was and still am very competitive, so I wanted to beat her at her own game and started practicing every day for competitions we participated in.
I grew up listening to....mostly pop music from Hillary Duff and the Kelly Clarkson. But I really found my favourite genre only 3 years ago when my best friend introduced me to indie music. It honestly made music so much more exciting! It really resonates with me.
My first CD I bought was...Atomic Kitten! I remember getting it for my birthday and playing it every night as I was falling asleep! I still remember the lyrics to most of their songs off that album!
The CD I will hide away from friends when they come over to visit is....Josh Groben. I really love his voice and it makes me feel all inspirational and passionate.
The one thing people don't know about me is....I love unpacking the dishwasher. I thinks it's because I have a bit of OCD, so when things are in place and clean I get really excited. (might regret saying this one day)
Being compared to Taylor Swift is....a huge compliment! I love her! She really is the celebrity I look up to the most. I like how she stands up for herself and speaks her mind.
If I had One Direction tickets I would...never admit how excited was...I'm not a fan girl but those boys are beautiful and really know how to put on a good show.
My favourite song to sing in the shower/bath is...Take Me to Church! You can totally belt it at the top of your lungs and feel so free!
I was so embarrassed when...I walked out of the bathrooms at a shopping mall and my skirt was tucked into my underwear! I don't even know how it in got there! I'm one of those clumsy people who always end up embarrassing themselves.
Same sex marriages should not be judged. I think everyone has the right to make their own decisions as it is their life.
(Photo credits: Natalie Field)