Monday, April 26, 2010

A Look Back at Ashley Rodriguez ~ Berklee Spring 2008 Singer Showcase

American Idol Season 9 contestant Ashley (Makailah) Rodriguez sings Musiq Soulchild's "For the Night," Ciara's "Like a Boy" and appears in the ensemble performance of "Reach" by Gloria Estefan.

Approximately 90-100 Berklee students audition for a spot in the Showcase before 10 are picked to perform. This was Ashley's first Showcase.

Ashley began at The Berklee College of Music, in Boston, Massachusetts, after competing against 11 other inner-city teen-agers for a full scholarship. Berklee 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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