Rising pop singer/songwriter Ashley Kutcher opens up about love, loss, and the feelings in between on her emotional debut EP, One Eighty, out today on Darkroom/Interscope Records. Alongside the eight - song collection, the 23-year-old artist unveils a playful and exciting new video for the first track "Strangers," which finds her encountering a string of masked admirers.
On One Eighty, Kutcher is heartbroken but confident as she takes us through the painful stages of a breakup. There's heartache throbbing throughout the honest "The Night You Left," where she proclaims, "The worst kind of pain's buried too deep to see it. If that's how it is, I don't wanna love again." The release was met with praise in Australia from Women In Pop, Amnplify, CrushCop and more.
There's a sense of yearning nostalgia coursing through "Favorite What If." There's anger fueling the poignant guitar ballad "When You're Not Okay." And there's desperation powering the pop confessional "Strangers" and its accompanying video, in which Kutcher connects with a string of masked lovers as she sings intensely to the camera.
One Eighty is the culmination of a productive year for Kutcher that's seen her rack up millions of streams and widespread acclaim. Single "Fake Bitches" has already clocked 2.8 million total streams since September, while "Love You From A Distance" has amassed over 100 million audio and video streams overall, and earned placement on highly coveted playlists including Pop Rising, Fresh & Chill, Alone Again, and more.
On the project, Ashley says, "One Eighty is a collection of songs I wrote as my life took a complete turn. It's a project of discovering who I am as an artist. Together these songs tell my story and I could not be more excited to share it."
With nearly 50K TikTok creates under her belt and radio placement from BBC Radio 1's "Best New Pop" and Sirius XM's "The Pulse," the Baltimore native has started to embrace her place as one of pop music's most affecting newcomers. One Eighty will surely only continue to introduce her touching, evocative songs to even more listeners who need to hear what she has to say.
Baltimore, MD, singer, songwriter, and artist Ashley Kutcher distinguishes herself as the kind of raw talent equally at home on the stage of a neighborhood watering hole or live on social media. Post-high school, she pursued a nursing degree at Towson University. While at Towson, a local bar came across a video of her singing online and invited her to perform on their stage. This opportunity opened the floodgates as Ashley quit her waitressing job shortly after and logged regular marathon sets, often playing four hours per night. During her senior year, she uploaded a demo of her original composition "Lust" to TikTok. The video instantly gained traction and garnered thousands of views in just 48 hours. To sustain this momentum, she released a follow - up demo called "Hands To Myself" to streaming platforms and the song quickly surpassed 1 million streams on Spotify.
While her nascent fan base continued to grow, Ashley came across a tweet from blackbear that read "hit me up if you don't like me." As her creative neurons began to fire, she used the tweet as inspiration and responded with her own song similarly named "HMU if U Don't Like Me," which went on to quickly rack up another million streams. At this point, she realized the power of transforming a post into a song and did the same thing with "Love You From a Distance," setting TikTok on fire with just a D.I.Y. performance clip from her bathroom. Produced by Eric Taft, the song quickly eclipsed 9.5 million Spotify streams as she signed to Darkroom/Interscope Records (now at over 100 million total audio and visual streams).
Amassing 20 million streams independently and 20 million TikTok views, Ashley's heartfelt honesty captivates on a series of singles for Darkroom/Interscope and now her 2021 debut EP.
One Eighty EP is available on all platforms now.
One Eighty EP Tracklisting
2. The Night You Left
3. Love You From A Distance
4. If I Could
5. When You're Not Okay
6. Favorite What If
7. Fake Bitches
8. Care Enough For Two (Acoustic)