Aston is an artist who is in stark contrast to 13 year-old Rebecca Black, who’s song Friday’s video went viral instantly on YouTube and having amassing a staggering 111 million views to date, because it was dubbed “The Worst Song Ever” by the record’s producers, who by leaking a statement like that to the media, assured instant attention from the YouTube Generation (YTG). “The record label executives who are not paying attention to anyone out of junior high are missing some pretty incredible music,” said indie artist Aston. “Even though I have worked my Greek butt of since they age of 5 developing the skills and talents that a teenager like Rebecca Black doesn’t have, simply because I don’t wear braces on my teeth or wear a padded bra, I am off limits to the major labels.”
“There has long rumored been an age bias in the music industry, but with 13-year old Black, the industry stooped to an all time low, said Aston’s manager Mr. Bricks. Although technically Gospel recording artist DeLeon Richards was the youngest performer to ever be nominated for a Grammy, she was nominated in 1985 at the age of 9 and she had real talent. However, the trend for the past several years is to sign artists at a younger and younger age. “The industry stood on its ear when teenage heart throb, Justin Bieber took the airwaves by storm at the tender age of 15. It makes Taylor Swift seem like a VH1 artist.”
A hit song is a hit song, no matter what the age of the performer is. As an independent artist Aston's song "Gone" already has more than 165,500 plays on MySpace and more than 1.6 million plays of all of her songs combined. The issue is whether or not the musical gate keepers in their ivory towers have enough vision to sign and distribute an artist who doesn’t need a legal guardian to accompany them to the recording studio. Rebecca Black’s song Friday is a mere novelty song and although has achieved tremendous YouTube play and iTunes downloads, it is not considered to be artistically appealing.
Aston’s song “Gone” was selected as the theme song for Susan Murphy Milano’s syndicated radio program, Time’s Up. The radio show deals with topics regarding the empowering of women and women’s rights pertaining to domestic violence, which mirrors the theme of the lyrics to Aston’s song. Susan Murphy Milano is one of the nation’s leading advocates of domestic violence.
Aston is a top independent artist on many of the social networking sites with her more than 1.6 million song downloads on her music page on MySpace and thousands more her Twitter and Facebook Pages. Ava Aston can be followed on Twitter at @avaaston
Aston started singing at the tender age of five, and has gone on to win almost every singing or songwriting contest she has entered.