“Good Mawnin” is rising star Ashley Brinton’s latest release, a rap-pop number that is sunny and irresistible.
In today’s entertainment and music industry, a clear vision paired with a willingness to experiment is essential. Artists who cannot adapt and remain open minded will fall away. As I spoke with rising star Ashley Brinton at the red carpet of The Hustle in Los Angeles last week, it was obvious she not only understood this, but internalized. it. Brinton, who was discovered by Tommy Mattola at age 9, just debuted “Good Mawnin”, Brinton’s first exploration of rap and pop music. But her passion and energy is irreplaceable. She’s joining a rising legion of empowered female recording artists, focused on countering the male-dominated trend of rap with the same bravado and self-importance that men can enjoy. The result is confident-sounding music that is easy to take to the radio.
In our brief chat with Brinton at The Hustle premier in Los Angeles, where she was joined on the red carpet with stars like Meghan Trainor, Avril Lavigne, and Anne Hathaway, we got an inside look at Brinton’s working style, her inspirations, and drama within the girl star scene.
The Knockturnal: What’s your style?
Ashley Brinton: My style has definitely evolved a lot as I’ve grown up and gotten older. I’ve really gotten into hip hop and I’m rapping a lot now, it’s a whole new style for me. It’s like a rebirth.
The Knockturnal: Are there any artists you’re idolizing?
Ashley Brinton: Yes! There’s a few artists I’m obsessed with right now. Bad Bunny is one of them, and The Weeknd is another. But I also really like hearing some of the underground trap artists that are coming up. That’s been cool, because it’s nice to hear the new music that everyone is messing around with.
The Knockturnal: There’s a really strong female rap scene that is emerging. What’s it like being a part of that?
Ashley Brinton: It’s funny. There are two sides of it. It’s really fun to be surrounded by female rappers and have the empowerment of each other, but it’s also a lot of drama, and a lot of, well, cattiness. Which really shouldn’t be the case because we should be coming up together and should be supporting each other. But there is a lot of drama.
The Knockturnal: What do you have going on right now?
Ashley Brinton: I just dropped my last single, Good Mawnin, and my fans are really resonating with it. They’re picking it up and loving it, so I’m excited.
The Knockturnal: Do you like to interact with your fans?
Ashley Brinton: Yes. I really care about what my fans think and some of them have known me for a very long time. I love listening to them and getting feedback. I’ll reach out and ask, ‘This is an unreleased single, what do you think about it?’ and they’ll hit me back with their thoughts. It’s like a really nice collaboration that we get to go through together.
The Knockturnal: What’s next?
Ashley Brinton: I have an EP coming in July.