52 Songs Of Happiness welcomes Ashlee Keating, a pop superstar in the making!

Welcome to 52 Songs Of Happiness, a collection of unique music from around the world brought to you by Coca-Cola. Each of these amazing new acts has crafted a one-off song for Coca-Cola based around a treasured location, as well as a Placelist with the music that makes that place so special.

The next new artist who’s shared a fantastic track for 52 Songs of Happiness is Ashlee Keating. Her fantastic ‘Ice Kingdom’ is an irresistible three and a half minutes of fun, dedicated to an infamous local attraction. We met up with the singer to chat about her song and her choice of Placelist.

Hi Ashley, thanks for contributing to 52 Songs of Happiness and creating a special Placelist! Where are you based and how would you describe your music?

Hi there! I’m a native of Southern New Jersey but I’m currently living in Los Angeles, California, working hard as a new recording artist. My music style is pop/dance with a unique flourish that I like to call ‘Ashleefied’. I like writing my lyrics about things I go through in my life as well as making them relevant to what my friends and fans go through in their day-to-day lives.

Which artists have inspired your music?

Madonna’s music has made a major impact on me over the years, as she’s an incredible singer, dancer, and performer, and a true inspiration. Justin Timberlake is becoming an institution too, and has had many years of success as a musician since starting out on children’s television in his earlier years. With six Grammy Awards and four Emmys, he now has an outstanding track record and success with his music, but I also admire him because he’s managed to stay humble throughout his career and keep his focus on doing what he loves. He’s a great role model for everyone.

(Watch Ashlee perform the original song in this live acoustic performance)

Tell us about the location you’ve chosen for your Placelist?

I chose Long Beach, California for my Placelist. There’s a famous ocean liner there, which is transformed into a winter wonderland during the holiday season, hence the inspiration for the song ‘Ice Kingdom’. It’s an incredible place to visit and lots of fun for people of all ages, with over two million pounds of ice, featuring ice sculptures, a skate rink, ice tubing slide, a frozen igloo and lots more.  All of this in California where winter really doesn’t exist!

People all over the world will be tuning in to your music – where would you love to go and play a live show at?

Mmm, I would love to do a live show in Times Square in New York on New Years Eve, as I watch it every year and always wish I was on that stage performing. I would also love to perform at one of the events that are held at the White House – that would be such an honor.