As the New York City stop on Kota the Friend’s Flight Night Festival approaches, it is essential to remember the true purpose of the tour, and of the fltbys brand. That mission is clearly restated in a fltbys Instagram Post:
“Ever since 2008 we’ve been giving people the opportunity to get on stage, when no one else was giving the opportunity,” said Kota. “Fltbys has always been a young company of people who just want to do something but have no platform.”
Embracing the concept of connecting up-and-coming talent to their community, we will showcase a stacked lineup of opening acts in NYC, before Kota takes the stage at Sony Hall on July 22nd and 23rd. One of those performers will be the imaginative and bold Lizzy Ashliegh.
A multifaceted performer, Brooklyn’s Lizzy Ashliegh embodies limitless talent as a singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, and model. As a former student of Film and Television at The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA), Ashliegh is the creative director of her own conceptual and imaginative music videos. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Lizzy is the self-proclaimed “Brooklyn Girl, who stays traveling the world”.
With dynamic vocal talent, and expressive songwriting, Lizzy Ashliegh can touch the heart with her soulful depth or force a smile on the dourest face with vivacious charisma. There are many sides to Ashliegh, and so much progression throughout her work.
When asked about her most important songs, Ashliegh provided a thoughtful response.
I consider my music as time stamps on current emotions and experiences at the time I wrote the song. No song can represent me fully now as it did when I wrote it because I continue to grow past my former self. I will say “Time Space Unknown” is one of my hidden gems. Not too many people know this one. It pretty much explains we don’t have all the answers to life so stay true to you and what makes you happy and you will continue to thrive in this never ending information pit of a lifetime.
Lizzy Ashliegh’s discography speaks to this philosophy directly. Each track embodies a different mood, and utilizes a variety of techniques to present that raw emotion to listeners. What remains consistent is an unwavering attention to detail when it comes to songwriting.
2019 album Sweet N Low personifies these “many sides of Ashliegh”. Even the cover art plays on Lizzy’s intentions to show her many layers. To show that personas shift rapidly, day-to-day, but also over time.
From the whimsical bounce of initial track Sweety on, Sweet N Low captures a wide ranging array of emotions. The indignation and rage of Jungle and F*ck Shit. The palpable internal struggle and sadness behind Turnin’ Blue and My Momma Don’t Love Me, Fine. The meditative, thoughtful nature of Time Space Unknown and bonus track Peru. And the tenacious ambition of Level Up.
Ashliegh takes time to articulate these moods in a manner that shows she has fully processed them. Not only does she let herself feel, but she thinks about the how and the why. This creates songs that are hot-to-the-touch, brimming with genuine feeling. Revisiting Time Space Unknown Lizzy directly acknowledges this process. “Drown yourself in sound, go/tapping on my leg to the beat/ emotions overload hearts at sea/question on top of question.”
Music is an avenue for Lizzy to pour this “emotion overload” into, but certainly not the only one. Her visuals are stunning, directly mirroring the messages of her tracks with exceptional pageantry.
While Lizzy Ashliegh faces some of the typical struggles of an independent artist, she embraces them. Her independent status provides the creative freedom to express herself the way that she sees fit.
“I love being in control of my work and art. Balancing bills and budgets for projects may be challenging sometimes as well as balancing show dates, project shoot and release dates, flights, outfits, cast n crew for videos, marketing releases, creating content and more can be overwhelming but i’m used to it. It’s the life I choose so ima keep living it to the best of my ability.”
This mentality allows Ashliegh to look at her independence as an opportunity, not a roadblock, which reflects itself in her art.
Lizzy Ashleigh will take the stage on the 22nd and 23rd, before fans and friends at Sony Hall. She looks forward to joining artists who have come up with her through the NYC scene.
“This night will definitely be one for the books. To be on a stage with so many of my friends who continued to do what they love will be a night to remember. I know for a fact it won’t be the last.”
Look for a dynamic, visually stunning performance from Ashliegh at NYC Flight Night. Limited tickets are available for the second night (Saturday, July 23rd.)