Saturday, April 17, 2010

A Look Back at Ashley Rodriguez ~ Ashley Competes for a Scholarship to Berklee College

American Idol Season 9 contestant Ashley (Makailah) Rodriguez competes along with 12 other inner-city teen-agers of Boston, Massachusetts for six full scholarships to Berklee College of Music in this news report by ABC5 Boston.

After attending Chelsea High School, Ashley undertook the City Music program at Berklee College of Music, which eventually awarded her a full four-year tuition scholarship. She majored in music business.

Before Ashley auditioned for Season 9 of American Idol, she had traveled internationally with the gospel group Overjoyed and has sung at the Berklee Performance Center with artists such as Philip Bailey, Chaka Kahn, and Berklee alums Lalah Hathaway and Paula Cole.

Berklee College of Music is the largest independent college of contemporary music in the world. At first known primarily as a school for jazz and commercial music, it has kept pace with changes in popular music and the music industry, offering college-level courses in a wide range of contemporary and historic styles, including hip-hop, reggae, salsa, and bluegrass, in addition to its traditional jazz courses.

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