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Exclusive Interview With Chart-Topping Blonde Bombshell Ashley Puckett

With the release of her debut album, “Never Say Never,” Pittsburgh’s Ashley Puckett cemented herself as one of country music’s hottest young female artists. Her single, “Bulletproof” hit the highest of the highs when it reached #1 on the national AM/FM radio chart ranked by New Music Weekly magazine. She followed that success with another single, “Live Like You Love,” which received 250K Spotify streams and 62K Youtube views. Her recent single, “What’s Her Name” continues to chart on national and international country charts, months after its release.  With brand new music on the near horizon, Ashley took time from her busy schedule to talk about her music, her bird, and her hometown of Pittsburgh…

Hi Ashley! Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us today. Our readers love your music, and we can’t wait to share what you’ve been up to…So, what have you been up to? We all know about your “Never Say Never” debut album and the success of some of the singles like, “Bulletproof,” “Medicine,” and “Live Like You Love.” And, of course, the recent success of “What’s Her Name.” What has been the highlight of your young career so far?

Yes, i have had many highlights since the 2020 release of my album, Never Say Never.  Two of my
favorite highlights were being part of the “Women of Music” edition of Billboard Magazine, and having
“Bulletproof” hit #1 on the New Music Weekly AM/FM Country Music Chart.
 
What’s the hardest thing about putting an album out there for the world to hear?
I believe the hardest thing is really building an audience and finding the right opportunities to gain listening ears. There’s so much you can do with promotions, airplay, and shows, but i feel it’s one of the biggest struggles  just getting your music further and further out there to more people.
Do you ever listen to your music, either on spotify or anywhere else, just hanging out?
Yes.  I don’t make a habit of it, but my friends and family love to listen to it while we’re at get togethers and such. Sometimes i’ll put it on myself, too either for practice and just to keep familiar with all the songs and such for performing and sometimes just to give myself a pick me up believe it or not.  When i’m having a bad week, or feeling defeated it helps hearing what all of us created that were involved in this album and it’s a nice reminder of how far i’ve come and how special and  blessed i really am.
What has been the most surprising thing that you’ve experienced in the last year?
Well, i finally came out of my “writers block” this past January and have been back in the studio with some original work. To me, that was one heck of a surprise to make that jump.  Also, I have quite a few Nominations for the ISSA awards that  I’ll be attending in August, so i’m overjoyed with that!
Do you have any new music planned/recorded? Tell us about it?
I do!  I cannot wait to share the two new songs with you all!  I have a slower, more ballad type song and then a more fun,  bar song as i call it.  Both with a lot of Steel guitar, which is my favorite.  Very traditional sounding.  I don’t want to spoil  the songs before their time very soon, but one song was inspired by a tattoo that i got on my birthday this past January in Miami.

Ok, off topic…celebrity crush? Who is it?
haha.  Jason Statham.
We hear you are the proud owner of an exotic bird. Can you tell us about him, and how you came to own him?
I am indeed.  His name is Captain Morgan.  I grew up with small birds like finches and parakeets, but as i got older i’ve been wanting a larger bird such as a macaw or something similar.  As for my expensive taste, i started my journey wanting a Hyacinth Macaw until i  saw the price tag.  But that started my journey for about six months going over different breeds and traits and such.  He was from a breeder in Florida and he took a long flight up to Pennsylvania for me.  He’s an Eclectus parrot, so very specific species with diet and such.  Really loving fun bird and he’s finally talking but will only talk when he thinks i’m not home since he’s still pretty shy even though he’s almost 2 years old now.  He loves  jewelry, anything shiny, tearing apart really anything, and loves almonds.  But he’s a sweetheart and will cuddle with you and watch tv sometimes, too.

You live in Pittsburgh. What is it about Pittsburgh that makes it a special town, and why do you think so much talent comes out of that city?
I love Pittsburgh.  I think that it’s really special because it’s so diverse.  It’s also really really pretty.  I don’t know how we lucked out with all of the  talent here, but i can say there is talent really anywhere you look, any day of the week.  We have all sorts of music to be found of all genres and  lots of night life, which may be part of the attraction of anyone who wants to share their talents.
If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would that be and why?
I’ve always wanted to perform at the Grand Ol’ Opry.  It’s got such a history and that’s where all the icons perform.
What is your greatest brush with fame? Who have you met that made you a little star-struck?
I went to a CMA fest in Nashville many years ago and i met alot of artists then.  It was a really fun experience.  I was a huge Joe Nichols fan (and still am) back then, and i would attend his fan club parties, and any back stage event i could when he came to town, so i feel he was always the one i was star struck  with growing up.
Any last words or advice to share with fans or aspiring musicians?
Work on your craft as often as possible.  Keep only the people in your life that are uplifting and standing by your side and supporting you, even if it’s hard.  And celebrate the  little things.  Every little success that comes your way is a stepping stone to your biggest dream, but they are important, too.   Be proud of yourself.
Thanks again Ashley! Best of luck with the new music!!
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Hip-Hop Sensation: Barbie Doll Is Back For Good

Barbie Doll

One of the most refreshing things to hear in music is an original style. In a time when everything sounds the same, and there seems to be very little creativity and innovation in music, it stands out even more when an artist dares to be great with their own style of music that they would like to bring to the world. That type of sound is what you get from Barbie Doll.

Born and raised in Oklahoma City, Alison Richardson popularly known as Barbie Doll is a multi-talented rapper and songwriter who has gained acclaim on the music scene for some time and earned a huge fan following across various social media platforms.

At the age of 18, she met an Oklahoma City rapper named Starr Lyfe and she traveled all over the US with him helping promote shows, learning about the music industry and eventually learned how to rap.

She has been a big sensation in the music industry after releasing her first music video “Barbie world” which reached over 250,000 views on Facebook in just a couple days. Because of its popularity, the producer offered her a trip to Paris, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands to shoot another video for her official single “Barbie Girl” which reached over 3 million views on Facebook within a week of posting.

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Check out one her latest release “Barbie Gang” on YouTube:

Hi there, welcome to Honk Magazine. Thank you so much for taking out time to respond to us. To kick things off, Can you tell our readers about what really inspired you to write music?

Barbie Doll – I’ve been a fan of music forever, especially rap music & my home state isn’t really known in the Industry for rap music, so I thought about trying it & it worked!

When did you realize you were going to make music professionally?

Barbie Doll – In 2017, I tried it & my 1st video hit over a million views. That’s when I knew this was meant for me. 

Tell us what is so unique about you and your music?

Barbie Doll – It’s authentic & comes from the experience. Either what I’ve been through or what I’ve seen so far.

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that? 

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Barbie Doll – OMG! my 1st performance was so scary! I was so nervous I performed with my back turned to the crowd the whole time lol. I definitely learned not to do that again lol.

Can you tell us about your latest releases and what inspired you to create them?

Barbie Doll – My latest releases were with some female artists. Kelsey Lynn, Nayborhood Barbie & Kay Kay. I wanted to start collaborating with more female artists to show our talents, especially since we’re so dominated by men in this industry.

Can you give us a brief insight about your upcoming projects?

Barbie Doll – I have a new single entitled “Push It” coming soon. The world is definitely gonna love this one.

What do you wish you were told when you first started making music that you think would help artists just starting out?

Barbie Doll – Never stop! I wish I didn’t take that long break but it’s okay. I’m back now!

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Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?

Barbie Doll – Keep going because the sky’s not the limit! There are so many goals out there to accomplish and you can never get enough done.

What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

Barbie Doll – I’m a certified esthetician & beautician and I also love to paint. I do vlog as well.

Any last piece of advice for those artists who just started making music?

Barbie Doll – Promote, promote, PROMOTE! .. awareness is everything when it comes to music!

How can our readers follow you online?

Barbie Doll – You can find me on all social media platforms @BarbieDollOKC.

For more updates, you can follow me on Instagram – @BarbieDollOKC.

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Artist Spotlight

Amyr, Setting the Tone and Making Noise from the Midwest to the West Coast & it’s Only The Beginning for this East Side Milwaukee Native

It’s said if you shoot for the moon you’ll land amongst the stars and that’s just what 24-year-old East Milwaukee native Amyr has done. Amyr has taken his destiny into his own hands as he’s begun to make a name for himself within the world of hip hop.
With a new scene and home base in Oakland Ca. Amyr has joined BlackJack Entertainment and proved himself to be a force of his own. Since signing with the rising enterprise Amyr has been beating down the charts from the Midwest to the West Coast with his newly released hit “Seeing Stars” ft. OMB Peezy.

The young artist has his eyes on a much greater prize than what comes with a temporary high. He’s young and ambitious with the hunger of a hustler. It’s not by chance that his audience is growing amongst all major streaming platforms via distribution of Empire.

In both his artistry and personal life Amyr is grounded and puts in the work to reach new levels. He is currently working on the foundation for his upcoming EP and raising the bar in preparation to bring the heat to a city near you.

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For booking and all inquiries contact BlackJack Entertainment. Stay updated on new releases and tour dates below.

Management: [email protected]
IG:@Officialamyr
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