I was blessed to make the acquaintance of Ava Aston nearly two years ago when a mutual friend introduced us on Facebook. The immensely talented singer/songwriter and actress had just released her first CD entitled Gone — which showcases the impressive range of her simultaneously sweet, powerful and provocative voice, along with her eclectic style and creativity.
After listening, I was immediately hooked. It’s rare to find such a broad range of songs on one CD, but Ava manages to be edgy and defiant, as in the electrifying title track and in the high-energy single What Do I Gotta Say as well as tender and poignant, as evidenced in the beautiful, heart-tugging ballad I Carry You With Me.
Proceeds from that last song — a tribute to the US Military — also benefit the charity America’s Mighty Warriors. It also earned her the Grand Prize in the SAW Mid-Atlantic International Song Contest.The YouTube ID of Q8hVGs1R1Ds is invalid.
Ava’s unforgettable performances speak to the human experience and leave you wanting to hear more. And her optimism and persistence in finding success in the entertainment industry is an inspiration for women everywhere. I recently had the opportunity to chat with her a bit about herself and her aspirations for 2011:
DD: What is your favorite place in the world?
AA: Besides being on a stage singing in front of a bazillion people, I’d have to say sneaker shopping at the mall. Or out on a run on a hot summer day with my ipod.
DD: How do you de-stress?
AA: By working out — running, kick-boxing, circuit training. I always feel so much better when I work out.
DD: What does a normal day look like for you?
AA: Workouts, auditions, networking,and working on my craft — music and acting.
DD: What is your favorite food?
AA: Coffee and chocolate.
DD: What is your favorite book?
AA: The Bible and Joel Osteen’s Your Best Life Now.
DD: What are three words people use to describe you?
AA: Talented, Greek and blonde.
DD: Where will you be in five years?
AA: On tour and/or on location filming my next movie.
DD: What is the best advice you can share for other women in business?
AA: Never give up. As Winston Churchill famously said, “Never, never, never quit!”
DD: What are you most proud of professionally? Personally?
AA: All of the friends I’ve made.
DD: What is on your to do list for 2011?
AA: Get a record deal and write and post an entry everyday on my blog.
DD: Where can people buy your music?
DD: Thanks so much for taking the time, Ava. Best of luck in your career — we’ll be watching and cheering you on!
AA: It was my pleasure, thanks D! God bless!