Ashliegh Lisset knows there aren't many Latinas in country music. But, that hasn't stopped this inspiring young woman from following her country ambitions — while still remaining true to her Mexican roots.
This pint-sized powerhouse singer tragically lost her father, Sgt. Paul Timothy Sanchez, at the age of 11. He died in the line of duty during his second tour in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Just before his death, he asked his daughter to record Carrie Underwood's "Don't Forget To Remember Me." She never had the chance to fulfill his request.
As she dealt with her grief, she realized that music helped her heal. She recorded the song, and decided she wanted to pursue a career in country music. In January 2014, she had the chance to record "Kill the Headlights"— a song written by her idol, Carrie Underwood. The song spent eight weeks on The Hot New Country — Top 30.
These days, this Inspiring Latina and Texas native is on the fast track to country stardom. Read more about her journey, her inspirations, and her Latina heritage:
There a very few Latinas in country music. What inspired you to begin a career in this genre?
Country music has always been a part of my life. As far as I can remember, family gatherings always included my uncles playing guitar and singing old Johnny Cash songs. It wasn't until my father passed away that I felt inspired to follow my dreams of becoming a country singer.
Would you ever considered a Spanish/country mash-up?
Absolutely! Many artists in country music do rap, rock or pop mash-ups. It would be neat to hear something different. I think a Spanish mash-up would be great for a ballad.
You started your singing career after your father's death. Have you written any songs about that experience? Do you plan to?
Yes. My father was killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom and before he deployed, he asked me to record Carrie Underwood's "Don't Forget To Remember Me". I was eleven years old and never had the opportunity to send him the CD, because he passed away 45 days into his mission. A few months went by and I turned to music for healing. I began writing about my feelings and have written several songs about him. I recently co-wrote a song with a good friend titled, "Daughter Of An American Hero." I still get so emotional with this song; it makes it very hard for me to sing it publicly. I hope to overcome that, and one day sing it for dad in honor of his memory.
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