Ashia Ashia

Coming from a family with a musical and theatrical background, her father a blues singer and mother a former actor, Ashia knew she was meant to lead a life in an artistic field. She was born in Poland, but her family came to the United States via former West Germany in 1984 due to political and social upheaval. Upon settling in the U.S. a few years later, she began her cello studies at the age of 9. While still in high-school, she started to combine singing and playing the cello and continued this distinct concept well into college at Central Washington University with a Farrell Merit Scholarship recital titled Non-Traditional Cello. While in college Ashia enjoyed the opportunity to perform classical cello in the United States and abroad in Japan and Canada.

At the age of 21, Ashia left school and ran away to play cello and sing with Cirque du Soleil's “O” show in Las Vegas, NV. for a four month time span. She returned a year later after traveling to Europe and continuing her studies to join “O” full-time, where she currently performs today. Outside of working with “O”, Ashia has performed alongside band members of the BlueManGroup and cast members of sister Cirque du Soleil shows, as well as completing a B.A. in music at CWU. Ashia has appeared in national publications such as; Yoga International, InStyle, and the Tacoma News Tribune.

Ashia’s live performances create not only musical interaction but a visual interlude that consists of a duet act with a circus hoop artist named, Fernanda Mas Monteiro. Ashia sings and plays a version of her CD title song “Pay to be Loved” while Montero creates a visual storyline within Ashia’s performance. It is Ashia’s desire to take her experiences with Cirque du Soleil, her love of Cabaret and Burlesque and combine them with her brand of music for a complete experience for her listening audience. In a world filled with audio visual effects, it is Ashia’s hope to create a total experience when coming to her live shows.

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Ben Ohmart, Soopha, Music Dish, Muses Muse
To bare only your voice and your cello, writing your own music in the artistic element to boot, well, you've got guts. She's also got the pipes, and a steady hand on the strings with a tonal quality that is often something special. Akin to coffeehouse music, this is mood music, which Could appeal more to the theatrical crowd than the teens, but there's a captivating magic to it if you allow yourself the time to sit and stare and ponder. You can lose yourself in the emotion of the complexity of the disc's simpleness. Well worth a listen, for the open-minded.

John Book, The Run Off Groove
Ashia is a singer, songwriter, and cellist

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Album Pay to be Loved by Ashia

Pay to be Loved

Self Produced


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