J-14 sat down with pop singer Ashlee Keating to talk about her upcoming debut album, her charity work, and her fabulous fashion sense! Read on and get to know Ashlee.
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J-14: How did you get your start?
Ashlee Keating: I was born in a small town called Linwood, NJ. I would sing and dance around the house all the time. I begged my parents to take singing and acting classes. Then I booked The Al Alberts Showcase. I was only three years old and I would sing a new song every week. At five, I booked the role of Gretel in The Sound of Music on Broadway and I went on to do the national tour. I was on Star Search at age ten -- I worked so hard to get on that show. It was so amazing. I was on Radio Disney after that and now I'm lucky enough to be signed to Universal Records. I'll be putting out my single this year. I'm very excited and I've been working really hard on my album.
J-14: How would you describe your influences and your own sound?
Ashlee: I love Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Rihanna. I really look up to BeyoncÃ© -- she's such a great artist. I have my own unique style. It's definitely upbeat pop and dance. I like having workout songs. It's my own unique style. It's different from what you've heard, but it's definitely pop.
J-14: What was it like working on iCarly?
Ashlee: I didn't have a big role or anything, but I was in a classroom scene and I did it for Victorious too! That was really fun. I'll always love being on set! Now I'm auditioning for acting roles too -- it's pilot season! Nathan Kress and Miranda Cosgrove are Starlight Children's Foundation Ambassadors like me, so we know each other and we would talk on the breaks when we could. It's nice to have friends on set!
J-14: What do you do with the Starlight Children's Foundation?
Ashlee: I am a celebrity ambassador. I spend time with terminally ill children. There are a lot of different events they invite us to and we get to spend time with the kids and put smiles on their faces. Sometimes we sign autographs or take pictures with them. I really love that organization.
J-14: What is your fashion must-have?
Ashlee: I mix and match everything that I have and I try to use it all the time. I'm a fashion freak. I have my own unique style. It's really random and weird. I love colors and black and heels and sneakers. I use a lot of accessories, and I love bling -- it's funky. I also love perfume -- I just got Juicy Couture. I love MAC and Clinique lip gloss too!
Photo: Courtesy of Rachel Sheehan