Ashley Monroe At Grand Ole Opry
Since age 12, Ashley Monroe has been captivating audiences with her beautiful voice. The soon-to-be teenager won a talent contest in Pigeon Forge, TN, singing “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart,” solidifying her choice to pursue music. When her father died a couple of years later, her world was rocked. While grieving her loss, she turned to music by asking her mother to relocate to Nashville. After just a year in the country music capital, Monroe signed a publishing deal as a songwriter at age 17, which eventually lead to a recording contract with Columbia Records.
In 2006, she released two singles, “Satisfied” and “I Don’t Want To.” Both songs did fairly well but she decided to leave Columbia and refocus her time on songwriting. For the next few years, she co-wrote several hits including Katrina Elam’s single “Flat on the Floor,” Jason Aldean’s single “The Truth,” and Miranda Lambert’s single “Heart Like Mine.”
In 2009, she decided to release her debut album digitally and pursue collaborations with other artists. She worked on projects with Trent Dabbs, The Raconteurs, and Wanda Jackson before starting a girl band with her longtime friends, Miranda Lambert and Angaleena Presley.
The plan to start a girl band hatched between Monroe and Lambert during a girl’s night and quickly grew to become the trio dubbed Pistol Annies. Just a month after its inception, the group’s manager suggested a surprise national TV debut. Lambert was preparing to perform on the Academy of Country Music’s Girls Night Out special with her husband Blake Shelton, so the trio readied their debut song, “Hell on Heels,” and proceeded to blow the audience away with their sensational harmonies and powerful lyrics. With no plans to release a full album, the girls decided to leave it up to the fans. The public spoke and the group released Hell on Heels a few months later.