Ashley Wineland is putting her money where her mic is.
The Deer Valley High School sophomore and Glendale native is donating 100 percent of the digital sales of her song, “Red White and Blue,” to veterans’ charities and families of fallen soldiers.
The song itself, Wineland said, “is a dedication to all the men and women that have given their lives in service for our country.”
The video can be found here. It begins with a family video-chatting with their father, who is on deployment in service to his country. The song begins and it is clear Ashley is no novice. Her steady, beautiful, strong voice belies her age. When, in the video, the mother receives a knock at the door and is handed tragic news about her husband, the chorus kicks in and says it all: “Red, white and blue … what does it mean to you?”
What it means to Ashley is quite obvious, and evident in her actions.
“Last summer,” she said, “I donated the first round of proceeds to the Veterans Hospital.”
Although the song and video for “Red White and Blue” were produced in a professional recording studio, TallCat Studios in Phoenix, Ashley has relied solely on social media and word of mouth to subsequently highlight her talent and cause.
“I’ve done all this with little to no press,” she said.
Besides the video, Ashley recently released a four-song EP (extended play) of original music, also titled “Red White and Blue,” for which she teamed up with producer Bryan Kuban. You can buy the EP on iTunes or at amazon.com.
The aspiring country musician, who knew she wanted to sing since sixth grade, performed the National Anthem at a Diamondbacks game and an ASU basketball game this year. Was she nervous?
“I was pretty nervous beforehand,” she said, “but not so much during.”
Oh, she is also enrolled in honors classes at DVHS and participates in band and DECA.
Not bad for a 15-year-old.
With proceeds of her music going to veterans, support for Ashley means support for our nation’s military. Follow Ashley and her music by checking out her Facebook page, or by following her on Twitter, @AshleyEWineland.