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Ashley Monroe Biography

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Born: 1986/09/10
Birth Place: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Years Active: 2005-present
Genres: Country

Ashley Monroe (born September 10, 1986 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is an American country music singer-songwriter. She moved to Nashville as a teenager and gained a publishing deal as a songwriter, which then led to her signing to a record contract with Sony Records under John Grady.

She began to record her debut album, “Satisfied,” and in 2006, the title track to the album was released as the first single to country radio. It failed to make the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. However, a second single, “I Don't Want To,” was released shortly after and featured Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn. It initially did well on the Hot Country Songs chart, reaching #37. After two singles the album still hadn't been released. The label then decided not to release the album until Monroe charted a Top 20 single. No follow-up singles were ever released. In late 2007, Monroe and Columbia Records parted ways, and Satisfied went without being released.

In addition to her own material, Monroe co-wrote Katrina Elam's 2007 single “Flat on the Floor” (which was also recorded by Carrie Underwood on her 2007 album “Carnival Ride”), as well as Jason Aldean's 2009 single, “The Truth” and Miranda Lambert's 2011 single, “Heart Like Mine.”

Longtime friends, Monroe, Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley debuted their trio girl band Pistol Annies, with their song “Hell on Heels,” in April 2011 on CBS' airing of ACM Girls Night Out. The trio, who all met through working in the industry, have dubbed nicknames for themselves via their band name. Lambert serves as “Lonestar Annie,” Monroe “Hippie Annie” and Angaleena as “Holler Annie.” The Pistol Annies' album “Hell on Heels” was released in August 2011.

Monroe independently released a self-titled EP in 2009. Monroe received a record deal with Warner Bros. Nashville and released her second studio album, “Like a Rose,” in 2013. The album, which was met with widespread critical acclaim, featured nine tracks co-written by the singer, one of which is a collaboration with Blake Shelton. The title track, “Like a Rose,” was released to radio as the album's first single. The album reached #10 on the Billboard Country Albums chart and #43 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart.