Dallas, Texas-based Ashleigh Smith is a gifted jazz and R&B vocalist who all first found prominence seeing that the winner from the 2014 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. Blessed in LaGrange, Georgia, Smith was thinking about music from a age, inspired to sing by her mom (a physical therapist) and dad (a former music group movie director). By her teenagers, she was a devoted performer inspired by her like of jazz performers like Ella Fitzgerald aswell as traditional R&B symbols like Stevie Question and Prince. After senior high school, she gained a full-ride scholarship or grant to study traditional music at Georgia’s Columbus Condition School. However, after participating in a jazz camp in the University or college of North Tx, she used in the esteemed jazz organization. After making her undergraduate level, Smith spent many years working like a back-up vocalist for pop and spirit designer Chrisette Michele. In 2012, she competed in the inaugural yr from the Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and eventually completed in second place. Undeterred, she came back to your competition in 2014 and received, taking house $5,000 and a documenting agreement with Concord Information. Also in 2014, Smith, who includes a background of pageant participation and community services volunteerism, was crowned Miss Dark Tx USA. In 2016, she shipped her debut full-length recording for Concord, Sunkissed.