Elmwood musician celebrates magazine cover appearance

Published: May. 21, 2022 at 6:58 PM CDT
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ELMWOOD (Heart of Illinois ABC) - A local musician celebrated a big moment in her career Saturday, with family and friends there to support.

Ashley Bean is an award-winning vocalist and head of the Ashley Bean Band. She is also the latest star to headline ‘The Cover’ - an entertainment magazine based in Memphis.

Bean describes her music as a mix of rock and classical, and says she hopes to spread a message in her lyrics that others can relate to.

“I like to tell the truth through my experience and what I’ve been through,” Bean told Heart of Illinois ABC. “I’ve been through some hard times and I like to get my story out there to let - whether it’s one person or 100 people - know that you’re not alone.”

Bean started making music when she was just 10 years old, after she received a guitar for Christmas.

She recently won a ‘Josie’ music award and is nominated for another this year. Heart of Illinois ABC spoke to Bean’s mother, Christina, about what it means to see her daughter live out her dream.

“I see everything for her. I want her to live her dream - what parent doesn’t want their child to live their dream? I just sit back and watch what she’s doing, and I’m just proud. Just very proud,” Christina Bean said.

Ashley says growing up in Elmwood inspired her to make music, and she credits a lot of local musicians for helping her get to this moment.

For more information about Ashley Bean and her music, visit the band’s website at this link.

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