Ashley Monroe was born in 1986 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Young Ashley began performing at a young age, and before she was a teenager she’d already won a number of contents and competitions. Shortly after the unfortunate passing of her father when she was thirteen, Ashley and her mother moved to Nashville and Ashley began to pursue a full-time career in music. Her first breakthroughs were as a songwriter, until she signed her first record deal and began work on her debut album.
Monroe’s first record label decided to release a series of singles prior to the album, however, and based on their lukewarm performance, she was released from her contract. But Ashley had a complete album fully ready, and during this time she continued to write and co-write a number of notable singles for other artists, including “Flat on the Floor” (Katrina Elam, 2007); “ Heart Like Mine” (Miranda Lambert, 2011); and ‘The Truth” ( Jason Aldean, 2009.) Monroe self-released the album Satisfied via digital media in 2009, followed by a self-titled EP which eventually led to another record deal with Warner Bros. Nashville. The result of that new deal was Like a Rose, which after it’s release in 2013 received not only critical acclaim, but commercial success as well.
In addition to her own albums, EPs, and singles, Ashley Monroe has participated in collaborations with numerous high-profile artists, including Trent Dabbs, The Raconteurs, and Train. She has also provided backing vocals for artists such as Will Hoge, Cory Morrow, Andrea Glass, and Miranda Lambert. Ashley Monroe is also a member of the female trio Pistol Annies, in which she performs alongside friends Angaleena Presley and Miranda Lambert. Their song “Run Daddy Run” was included in the soundtrack for the blockbuster hit The Hunger Games in 2012.