Ashley Leone, Sizzy Rocket
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is all ages
Always the weird kid, 22 year old, Indiana native, Lauren Sanderson knew early on that the "traditional path" of go to school and get a 9-5 was just not an option for her. She’d have to create her own way.
In 2016, Lauren released her first EP, Center of Expression, and hit the road on an independently booked tour to connect with her fans in person. What she didn't understand until the live shows, was just how much her music was truly resonating with her fans. “It was insane seeing they knew every word to every fucking song. They sang along, had signs, flashlights, some cried, everything... Shit was nuts.” In 2017, Lauren and her fans independently hit #1 on the iTunes charts with her second project, Spaces. An Indiana kid making music in her closet? #1 on iTunes? Impossible.
Influenced by artists like Mac Miller, Tyler, the Creator and J. Cole, Lauren's eclectic music leaves fans feeling empowered and inspired to be whatever they want to be in life. "Sometimes you just gotta put your headphones in, block out the world, and realize we can be whoever we wanna be. My biggest goal is simply to help people realize just how limitless we actually are… And to trust the universe no matter what happens on the way.”
Ashley Leone is a contemporary R&B artist/writer whose pop sensibilities are reflected in her soulful, yet relevant sound. Drawing much inspiration from the perils and promises of topics like lust & love, Ashley is no stranger to her vulnerability—in her music, that is.
“Sometimes it ends up being brutally honest, which I just can't help,” she says. “When I'm creating, I have the least amount of boundaries and I can fully say what I need to.”
In many ways, you could say Ashley becomes her most authentic self when expressing thought through lyric.
When it comes to Ashley’s sound, there’s one thing that remains consistent: her vibe. From her love of 808s to her unwavering lyrical honesty, Leone doesn’t miss a beat. Having been raised in a home that embraced a wide variety of genres at an early start, Ashley became drawn to R&B/Hip-Hop by way of her older brother and middle school friends. Since then, her passion for the music has continued to grow, alongside her ability to account for life’s raw, yet beautiful experiences.
“I started writing because I knew this is what I wanted to do, but also literally just as an outlet. Sometimes a song comes out so fast and I'm like ‘wait, that's how I'm feeling?’ Writing things out keeps me in check with myself.”
In addition to writing, Ashley loves spending time in the studio working to capture, understand, & enhance the experiences that have lead her there. Outside of the writing room & studio, she loves making a name for herself on the stage. Her passion for performing is merely an extension of the vibe she seeks to radiate in both her music and style.
Among her many musical influences, Lauryn Hill, Amy Winehouse, Kehlani, Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, H.E.R., SZA, Frank Ocean, and John Legend are considerably her favorites.
Ashley was born & raised in the outskirts of Philly, although she currently calls Nashville, TN home.
Sin City born Sizzy Rocket is the cool best friend you wish you had growing up - the one who doused herself in glitter and moved to New York after graduation to start a punk band. Sizzy’s work with top tier producers and a brief stint at NYU’s Clive Davis School of Music landed her a publishing deal with Universal Music Group at just 20 years old. Since then, she has written with the likes of Hey Violet, Diplo, Avril Lavigne, Oak, Bea Miller, JR Rotem, Flosstradamus, and Run the Jewels. Sizzy's bold, story-telling lyrics recently caught the attention of Matoma - she penned his most current single "Slow" with Noah Cyrus, which has racked up over 10,000,000 streams in less than three months.
In 2016 Sizzy Rocket released her debut full-length album THRILLS to a sudden swarm of screaming teenaged girls, now aptly named “the cult”. The lead single "Bestie" was called an “unfairly catchy pop song” by New York Magazine and reached top 20 on Spotify’s UK Viral Chart. The follow up, surprise mixtape Hot Summer, dropped in 2017 via Popcrush with a series of DIY music videos and riot girrrl-inspired zines and essays - it even received a nod from feminist punk icon Kathleen Hanna.
When she's not trading fan mail with "the cult”, Sizzy is either on the road or building her own independent record label, Diet Punk. She continues to play packed houses in both LA and NYC, and will frequently hop on tour to support rock n’roll wild child KITTEN. In February, she wrapped a west coast run with Pitchfork darling, Shamir Bailey.
Sizzy Rocket’s newest EP, Mulholland, was released in February. The title track was featured on some of Spotify’s most popular playlists including New Music Friday. Sizzy is gearing up to release new music this summer 2018!