Jazz Vocalist & Ukulele Artist - Speaker - Public Relations Pro - Community Builder
Ashley Orlando is a bilingual (English/French) jazz vocalist/ukulele artist, public relations pro and community builder who loves using music to help people find their voice, dream big and develop the outward presence to make their dreams reality. “Music is one language that transcends cultural barriers,” she says, and it has given her the opportunity to sing not only in her native U.S., but also in Canada and Europe. A classically trained soprano, Ashley’s smooth voice is a mixture of light, angelic grace and warm, jazz tones.
Originally from Louisiana, Ashley’s childhood dream was to become the voice of a Disney princess. But life intervened and eventually music got placed on the backburner. While completing a master's degree in Paris years later, Ashley connected with the French jazz scene, dancing swing and listening to live bands in the same underground caveau joints that musical greats like Sidney Bechet once played. Le coup de foudre ("love at first sight") for music struck Ashley once again. A subsequent move to Texas and chance encounters with the ukulele and the kazoo prompted her to jump head-first into the Houston and international ukulele music scenes. Now Ashley combines her extensive professional background in PR, intercultural relations, and nonprofits with her music to inspire & coach others to step outside their comfort zones and lead more fulfilling lives.
“We were so pleased to have Ashley sing at Katie and Derek’s wedding. Her voice is warm and clear, and very beautiful. Her gifts brought still more beauty and reverence to an already perfect evening.” – Yvonne Fletcher, Jackson, MS