One artist from the recent crop of country music stars to be making waves around the world is Ashley McBryde, a multiple Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter. The Waldron, Arkansas native, who had originally begun making and releasing music as far back as 2006, chose an artistic career path after falling in love with her father’s musical instruments at an early age. The aspiring musician spent years honing and perfecting her craft before putting out songs like “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega”, “One Night Standards” and “Girl Goin’ Nowhere” which announced her arrival to the world and gained her multitudes of admirers.
McBryde’s vocal ability has further gone ahead to earn her some comparison with other established country music singers, most notably singer-songwriter Martina McBride. The pair have further been speculated to be related to each other due to the similarities in their last names. Find out if the pair are related as well as other personal details about Ashley.
How Ashley McBryde Became a Musician
Ashley McBryde has her parents to thank for having a career as a musician. From a very young age, she began playing musical instruments, particularly her father’s guitar. The music prodigy was later given a guitar of her own which she used to practice for many years until she composed her very first song at the age of seventeen.
In subsequent years, as a student at the University of Arkansas, Ashley brushed up on her talent and was able to share her music with a wider audience on campus. This helped her as she went on to work on her first self-titled album which was released in 2006. The following year, she followed in the footsteps of many country music greats by relocating to Nashville, Tennesse in the hopes of being able to fully launch her music career.
To find her feet, as well as make sure that the public got to hear her music, Ashley McBryde played in many bars and clubs. She went on to participate and win the 2009 and 2010 versions of the Country Showdown talent competition. This went a long way in putting her name out there but it did not help her secure a much-needed record deal and so she was left with no option but to self-release her second album titled Elsebound in June 2011.
Ashley’s second album performed relatively better than her first one and afforded her the opportunity to head out on a tour of the Southern United States with various other upcoming acts. Many years later, in 2016, she produced and released the EP Jalopies & Expensive Guitars which consisted of eight songs. One of the songs, “A Little Dive Bar in Dahlonega,” received huge airplay and streams to earn the artist the attention of singer Eric Church who invited her to perform alongside him on stage. The song was further highly rated by a number of publications, notably The New York Times and Rolling Stone who named it among the best country songs of 2017.
Since then, Ashley McBryde has gotten to sign a record deal, release a critically acclaimed album titled Girl Going Nowhere that debuted at No. 7 on the Top Country Albums chart, and be named New Artist of the Year at the 2019 CMA Awards.
What is the Relationship Between Ashley and Martina McBride?
People of similar identity are often mistaken to be related. Things happen to even get trickier and more confusing when the said persons are in the same profession and have certain similarities to their names, as is the case with Ashley McBryde and Martina McBride.
Like Ashley, Martina is also a country music singer and songwriter. She is, however, head and shoulders above her colleague having released thirteen studio albums, a live album, and other compilations, of which a number of them have been certified Gold or higher by the RIAA. But despite the similarity in professions, both musicians are not related to each other.
The first obvious thing that differentiates the pair is the difference in the spelling of their names. Another fact that proves the pair are not related to each other is their disconnect in family history. As mentioned above, Ashley who was born in 1983 is a native of Arkansas while Martina whose birth name is Martina Mariea Schiff and was born in 1966 is a native of in Sharon, Kansas. The latter is further known to have only three siblings; brothers Steve and Martin, and sister Gina, and is married to sound engineer John McBride with whom she has three daughters; Delaney Katharine, Emma Justine, and Ava Rose Kathleen.
Known family members of Ashley McBryde, on the other hand, are siblings Aubrie, William Clayton Jr., and Dan McBryde. Her parents are William C. McBryde and Martha A. Wilkins.
What We Know About Ashley McBryde’s Love Life
Ashley McBryde is not one of those who would freely talk about themselves in public. We know this because the singer has not been generous with information, even on social media where she is active, about things concerning her personal life. This has gone ahead to lead her fans to speculate about who she might be dating as many try to link her with other artists she has worked with. This includes people like Eric Church and record producer Jay Joyce. Regardless of all this, however, there is nothing to indicate that Ashley has ever dated any of these people.