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Aspen continues family tradition at the Jazz & Blues Festival

Thursday, December 15, 2011

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Performing for the first time at the Cherokee Jazz and Blues Festival will be Oria Aspen, daughter of Glenn Alexander. Aspen will be preforming with her father at The Copper Cup on Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 p.m. to midnight during the Jazz and Blues Festival.

Aspen is a self described 'crazy girl' who loves to sing and write songs.

"I love music, and I wouldn't give it up for anything. For me, it's not about the money; it's about the passion and the message. If I can touch just one person with my music, I will have already won! I have never been the one to get an award, or to receive any praise; you could say I've been a bit of an underdog my whole life," said Aspen.

"If you ask me about my successes, I'd tell you that they're still being written, because they are. I may not be perfect and I may not be a front-runner, but I do have passion and perseverance. I will never give up my dreams. No matter how hard it gets, I will come out fighting! Music is my world, and I'm gonna throw all I have at it," added Aspen.

Music has been extremely important to her for her whole life, and since her dad is a professional guitarist (Glenn Alexander), she was able to experience amazing music, as well as musical opportunities starting at a young age.

She stated that from the minute that she was born, her parents had her listening to blues singers like Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. Aspen wrote her first song when she was 5 years old, and from that day forward, she had fallen in love with songwriting, and singing what she had written. At the age of 9, she picked up the flute, and instantly fell in love with it.

As she grew older she started to take interest in writing pop music, and of course she had to have a few flute solos in there, just for her own satisfaction.

"In terms of writing songs, I love to write about personal experiences. Most of them have to do with hope, or hard times, but I also love to write about friends, and love," said Aspen.

"Songwriting is honestly my favorite thing in the world. The feeling you get when you sit down at the beginning of the day with an idea, and by the end of the day you have a full song is just so awesome to me," she added.

"I had a blast writing the songs for my CD 'Yellow Paint,' and I hope you have just as much fun listening to them as I had writing them." commented Aspen.



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