Rashida Ashley is a queer Soul R&B singer, poet, writer, and lyricist. She is also an aspiring actress, model, and speaker based in NYC. She stands in solidarity to see growth in the progression of Black lives, female empowerment, natural hair, LGBTQ+ rights, mental health, education, and having a healthy and spiritual life.
Her passion for writing has a lot to do with her spiritual journey. She finds that the two entails tremendous self-work to become one’s most true authentic self. As a writer consciously writes stories describing the development of characters and situations that challenge them and how those institutions metamorphize, spiritual development entails the exact individuals and situations most writers are so eager to sit and scribe. Rashida furthered her education by studying English at Queens College where she honed her skills as a writer.
Her journey with music began from a young age with her father, who is a musician and music producer, training her in their home-based studio as her vocal coach. During her adolescent years, she was heavily involved in her school's musical theatre programs and Acapella group. Her struggles with her weight have inspired a healthy and active lifestyle where she enjoys yoga, dance, Muay Thai, and hiking. On October 23, 2020, she released her first single Tell Me a Story. Her intention to make others feel completely seen, supported, and empowered to follow their dreams has led her to be featured in Bronze Magazine's June 2021 edition for African American Music Appreciation Month.