Ashley Puckett Interview Part 3
by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International
Lamitschka: Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?
Puckett: I‘m always looking to push beyond where i am. Sometimes i do feel like i get stuck, yes, but i‘ve been taking it one day at a time with bigger goals in mind.
Lamitschka: What was your big break that got you into the music business?
Puckett: Meeting the guys and recording this album was that turning point. I had something then to offer and introduce to the world and when i jointed the MTS family with Michael Stover and MTS Records, that opened up so many doors to so many oppertunities and they just keep coming. I had no real place to start
Lamitschka: Before you became a star, were your friends and family supportive or was it a struggle?
Puckett: I‘m very thankful to have always had support with my music from a very young age. i‘ve really had nothing but encouragement and support from everyone for the most part through my journey.
Lamitschka: What inspired you to become an artist?
Puckett: This was something that just kind of found me. I sang my first song around age five, and from there music was just always a part of me. It was something i enjoyed, had fun with and was very passionate about. When i figured out that i could also write songs, it was an outlet for me both good and bad. I think a mix of that as well as the reactions i get from others who support me that shows me i‘m doing the right thing is inspiring, too.
Puckett: What inspired you to become a songwriter?
Puckett: i was young when i started to write. It started in diaries and then just tranfered into song books. i‘ve never been good with words in a conversation or always finding the right way to express feelings like most, i‘ve just never been good at that. But when i found out that i could write music and sing it for others to hear, even if they don‘t know what all went into the song, it‘s kind of like i‘m able to express and talk about something i was going through at the time of writing that song withuot really talking about it. Just singing about it. People listen when you sing, it‘s not always the same the other way around. Haha.
Lamitschka: What drives you?
Puckett: i have big dreams, and ultimatley that is a huge drive for me. I‘m always looking for something more. One dream ive always had is to win a Grammy. To achieve that, i‘ve still got lots to do but i‘ve also paved a good start with the help of many this far, so i just stay optomistic. i‘m a fighter.
Lamitschka: What does it take to be a music icon?
Puckett: lots of hard work! Lots of really good talented people rooting for you and helping you. It really is something that takes alot of dedication with all aspects. Who you become, your sound, your works of art, albums and songs, your promoting, your social pages now days, too. Theres a lot that goes into the making of an artist, still so much more that i‘m still figuring out.
Lamitschka: What’s unique about you that will differentiate you from other artists?
Puckett: There‘s not many out there that is just straight up genuine and real, but that is me. It is what it is here, this is who i am, what i enjoy singing, and why i do what i do. I‘m not here for people to agree with everything about my life, or to like everything i do or to think that i‘m perfect, becasue i‘m far from. But i enjoy what i do and it brings me happiness, and it brings others
happiness too. that‘s all i have ever wanted and i think as long as i stay true to that, i will always be unique becuase i showcase myself as Ashley Puckett, not Ashley, a country girl in some other artists shadow. I just want to be me, and have people like me for me.
Lamitschka: What has been your greatest challenge in music business?
Puckett: Building a name for myself. I‘ve got alot of people who finally know who i am, but at the same time, there‘s a lot of people who still say… Ashley who? Haha. So building a fan base big enough to be noticed is a big goal i‘m fighting right now. Little by little.
Puckett: What moments in your career stand out in your memory as highlights and achievements which you are proud of?
Puckett: The debut of this album really is something i‘m very proud of. Not many understand what goes into these projects or what we went through to make this happen and the time it took just over a year to complete. i‘ve had a lot of good things happen to me like the New Music Weekly number one, a mention in the Billboard Magazine for the Women of Music Edition, and some other cool things along the way, but just being able to have this album recorded to put me on the map is huge.