How Ashley Tisdale Found Her Voice
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How Ashley Tisdale Found Her Voice

The singer-actress talks her new album and overcoming anxiety.

Ashley Tisdale has built her entire career on being relatable. After moving to Los Angeles from her native New Jersey, the young entertainer cut her teeth with supporting roles on hit shows like 7th Heaven and Smart Guy. Despite her growing profile, Tisdale still prioritized working regular jobs and attending public school until she got her breakout Disney character, first as Maddie Fitzpatrick, the environmentally conscious teenage service worker in The Suite Life of Zack & Cody.

Having something that felt like a normal life likely helped Tisdale adjust to the pressures of her meteoric rise to fame, which hit critical mass when she played queen bee Sharpay Evans in the wildly popular High School Musical franchise, starting in 2005. But even off screen, Tisdale was fiercely individual on the streets and red carpet, wearing boas, UGGs, and no shortage of tulle and beads. You could tell from the squinty-eyed celebutante pout she perfected that she could care less about the public’s judgement.

Tisdale’s acting triumphs opened the door for equally successful music entrees, from 2006’s gold-selling bubblegum pop debut, Headstrong (“He Said She Said”), and her edgier pop-rock influenced follow-up, 2009’s Guilty Pleasure (“It’s Alright, It’s OK”). During both major-label efforts, Tisdale’s winning personality never dimmed, even when leaning into the tumultuous experiences of her teenage fanbase with life, liberty, and the pursuit of individuality.

This diverse industry cred all worked to establish Tisdale as one of the pre-eminent talents of her generation, coming from the same child star boot camp that bred contemporaries like Selena Gomez, Lindsay Lohan, Vanessa Hudgens, Drake Bell, Justin Bieber, Hilary Duff, and countless others. But of course, growing up in the limelight is not without its challenges, as we’ve seen time and again through the turbulent highs and lows navigated by all these stars.

And somehow through her own inner fortitude, Tisdale made what looked like a seamless transition to adulthood, taking on more risqué roles on shows like Sons of Anarchy and in Scary Movie 5. She has since gotten married to musician Christopher French, launched a makeup line, and executive-produced the ABC Family TV series Young & Hungry for its four-season run. Now 33, Tisdale is more in the driver’s seat than ever.

After nine years, super fans were elated to discover that Tisdale was ready to release her third album Symptoms. It’s out in 2019, and on it, she shows audiences a side they haven’t seen during her decades-long career — that of Ashley Tisdale, a woman navigating the ups and downs of her internal world. And it’s 100 percent her: alongside producer John Feldmann, Tisdale wrote the album’s nine songs, forging a creative partnership that allowed her to reveal her most vulnerable self yet.

The lead single from Symptoms, “Voices in My Head,” which you can stream below, carries an almost quiet grace. Over a simple, catchy guitar lick that morphs into a spare electro-infused beat, Tisdale acknowledges the voices that threaten to “fuck me up and change me” when she buries her feelings. She sings with serene acceptance about the voices as lies to you and me, making her experience universal. It’s the calm therapy session we all need right now.

Where does this come from? Tisdale gets candid and espouses hard-earned wisdom with PAPER in an illuminating interview. Here, she talks about being true to herself, self-love, and why we should label ourselves less.

Hey! Oh my god. I’m so excited. How are you?

I am so good, how are you?

Well, my life is so great, I get to talk to Ashley Tisdale!

Oh my god, you are hilarious.

So you’re working on your new album…

Yes, “Voices in My Head” [is out now] and then Symptoms will be out in January.

How are you feeling about it?

I know! I’m feeling really really good. You know, it’s so different from any of the other experiences I’ve had in music. In the past, for me, when it came to — even in TV and movies — I’ve always been like, “Oh my gosh! I wonder how this is going to do?” And I honestly have no fear, I don’t even really, honestly, care. I’m so proud of it, and proud of what I’ve done. It’s the most authentic thing I have ever done in my career. It’s very personal for me.

Wow, like even more than acting, everything else?

Oh, yeah. In acting, I’m playing different characters, so it’s not really me as a person. I’m producing other peoples’ visions; but this album is who I am, and I think it’s very scary at the same time because you’re being so vulnerable and that’s really hard. I think this is the first time my fans and people are even going to know who I am as a person. The album really takes you through a journey of what I’ve gone through.

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Holton’s Heroes Benefit Concert Performance
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Holton’s Heroes Benefit Concert Performance

Ashley is set to perform at Holton’s Heroes (a non-profit charity, provides support, info and therapy tools for children that have suffered a traumatic brain injury) Benefit Concert in West Hollywood and YOU can join her. On their website they wrote:

Join us on Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7pm for an incredible evening of live music, dancing, food, drinks—and magic as we raise funds and awareness for pediatric brain injury survivors. Holton’s Heroes will host their 3rd annual benefit concert featuring live musical performances and endless special surprises for the supporters in attendance.

Last year, we raised over $25,000 for families around the country dealing with a pediatric brain injury. This year, we aim to beat that mark and hope you’ll join us for this yearly celebration.

We are honored to feature Ashley Tisdale as our headlining performer! Nurturing an impressive body of work that encompasses film and television, Ashley is one of Hollywood’s most sought after young talents as her career continues to evolve with exciting and challenging projects. Her latest album Voices In My Head is available everywhere Nov. 8.

About the tickets / Get them here

Join us for an incredible evening of live music, dancing, food and drink as we raise funds and awareness for pediatric brain injury survivors around the country with our 3rd annual benefit concert.

Tickets for entry are $40 per person. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event for $10 each to be used on any of the amazing raffle prizes on display. Prize winners will be chosen and awarded that night!

Additionally, our auction will feature special vacation packages, signed instruments and personalized experiences, so make sure to bring your wallet, a winning edge, and maybe a back-up wallet. 😉

The best part is that 100% of the proceeds from tickets sales, auctions, raffles, and merchandise go towards furthering Holton’s Heroes, which provides support, information, and therapy tools for children and their loved ones affected by a post-birth traumatic or anoxic brain injury.

Thank you to the Federal Bar and it’s management for once again donating their venue and service team to Holton’s Heroes for this wonderful evening of charity!

This event is 21 & over only. Must show ID upon entry

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We’re glad to share this amazing benefit concert/event with you. If you’re attending don’t hesitate to notify us so we can work out something special for Holton’s Heroes! Today, also, Ashley shared a few new photos of her Symptoms album shoot.

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Performance
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Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade Performance

Back in 2007 Ashley performed her cover version of Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ at Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Today she announced that she’ll be performing her brand new single ‘Voices In My Head‘ (release date: November 8th) on this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on November 22nd. The new era has begun…

This High School Musical album – and darling of many other Disney Channel films – is also a legit pop music star. On her third album, Symptoms, the LA-based singer-actress trackles her lifelong struggle with anxiety with tracks like “Voices In My Head.” Plus, Ashley and her sister Jen develop and produce female-centered film and TV projects as cofounders of Blondie Girl Productions. ⭐️ Float Appearance: Fantasy Chocolate Factory from Kinder

Source: Macy’s

Ashley will perform alongside Diana Ross, Fifth Harmony, John Legend, Leona Lewis, Rita Ora and more super stars. The special will air at 9 a.m. EST on NBC’s “Today” show.

On Macy’s website they shared a brand new photo of Ashley’s Symptoms photoshoot. Enjoy!

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Glamour Magazine Shoot
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Glamour Magazine Shoot

Via Instagram Stories Ashley shared she had an exciting shoot with Glamour Magazine on Wednesday (October 24th). Excited to see this!

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Out & About / New VIMH Photos
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Out & About / New VIMH Photos

Last Saturday (October 20th) Ashley was seen out and about in Los Angeles with Maui. Also Ashley shared 3 new photos of the Symptoms shoot via Instagram.

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‘Voices In My Head’ out November 8th!
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‘Voices In My Head’ out November 8th!

Via Instagram Ashley teased with “news coming soon!” and today she shared them with us: the first single of her third studio album Symptoms is coming out November 8th, titled ‘Voices In My Head‘. As all songs on the album this song is very personal to our girl boss. She wants to share her personal life and also how to deal with depression and anxiety with us through the new album. A new photoshoot photo by Nick Walker was added to our gallery.

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Architectural Digest Photoshoot
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Architectural Digest Photoshoot

On Thursday (October 4th) Ashley had a shoot at her house for Architectural Digest. A few photos of her house (without her though) were published already.

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Ashley herself shared photos from on “set” via Facebook and Instagram Stories.

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Ashley Tisdale shares details on new ‘pop-electro’ album: ‘The whole album is upbeat’
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Ashley Tisdale shares details on new ‘pop-electro’ album: ‘The whole album is upbeat’

“It’s definitely pop, but it’s more pop-electro versus pop/rock or straight pop,” Tisdale told AOL exclusively. “It’s really upbeat. The whole album is upbeat. Fun tracks. I know for sure it’s the most authentic album I’ve ever done. Actually, it’s the most authentic thing I’ve ever done in my career. It’s very personal.”

Tisdale explained that she’s struggled with anxiety and depression throughout her life, and she addresses those struggles in the lyrics of her new material.

“I’ve co-written every song on the album, and I also am so specific on the sound and what the album stands for, which is an upbeat album, but it has a dark undertone of anxiety and depression,” she explained. “I think it’s something that the world needs right now. It happened so fast and it came together so fast that I think the universe just made it happen.”

“I get really vulnerable talking about it, and it’s weird to talk about it, but if I could make someone at home feel less alone, then I’m doing my job as an artist,” she added. “I’ve gone through a journey. It’s obviously painful and hard, but it’s also the most beautiful thing.”

The former “High School Musical” star said that she’s been in and out of the recording studio for the last four years tinkering around with her sound, and she credited her popular Music Sessions YouTube series for giving her more of a creative outlet as she prepared to jump back into the pop music scene. She also had a transformative experience while shooting the “Symptoms” album artwork.

“I remember doing the photo shoot for the album, and I remember taking the first shot and they had me looking a certain way, and I was like, ‘I hate this side of my face,'” Tisdale recalled. “I stopped for a moment and I was like, ‘But this album is not supposed to show your beautiful side.’ Because I wouldn’t say that that is a beautiful side of me — you know, the anxiety and that stuff. But it’s me. After I saw the picture, I was like, ‘That picture is really beautiful.’ Even though it can be a darker thing, I do think it’s a beautiful side, still.”

And, once the album is released, fans of Tisdale can “definitely” expect the singer to take her new album on the road.

“I really hope so,” Tisdale said of the prospect of going on tour. “They definitely want me to tour. I want to tour. It’s going to be such a different experience. [With] everything in the past, I didn’t really know who I was as an artist and this I’m so proud of, so I cant wait to do that.”

Source: AOL

Also the first photo of the Symptoms album shoot by Nick Walker was published:

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