Having auditioned as a solo artist for 2011’s The X Factor, Ashley John-Baptiste was placed in a boy band called The Risk. Going through to the live finals with The Risk, Ashley soon decided to leave the group with the aim of gaining clarity on his future. The singer did not have the regular childhood as he was put into care at the age of 4. He was never adopted and spent 14 years in the care system. Still he defied all odds and went on to study in the prestigious Cambridge University. He graduated from the university in 2011 with a 2.1 in History.
Although many people have learned of John-Baptiste’s un-doubtable talent through The X Factor, his musical background is much more far-reaching. Not just a singer; John-Baptiste is a credible producer, songwriter and pianist who engages audiences with his raw musical talent. Prior to The X Factor, John-Baptiste released a song on the 2010 ‘Hed Kandi’ (Ministry of Sound) autumn album.
Currently, John-Baptiste is touring the country doing live P.A’s in an array of venues. From dynamic performances in clubs, to more unplugged acoustic sets, John-Baptiste is not only singing but also playing the piano, giving him the opportunity to express himself in a truly musical way when performing original material and well-loved covers from the live shows of The X Factor.
Now John-Baptiste is readily available to engage with fans on his reasons for leaving The X Factor in light of the massive buzz created by The Risk.
John-Baptiste is currently in the studio recording his debut album with top producers while planning a UK tour. He released his debut single ‘Show The People (How To Love)’ on Christmas day (25/12/11) as a free download on Noisetrade (www.noisetrade.com/AJBOfficial
‘Show The People (How To Love)’ was produced by Ian Copeland Green who has worked with Madonna, Britney Spears, JLO, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5, Michael Jackson and more and offers a current Pop, RnB Electro sound that has become popular in the charts over recent months
‘Show The People (How To Love)’ is a song John-Baptiste wrote while thinking about the current state of the world.
“It’s a song that recognizes that there’s a lot of corruption in the world and a lack of love and because of that, a lot of people don’t know how to love.” says John-Baptiste.
“I want this song to motivate and inspire people to be the best they can be and to love the society they live in. In light of the recent Boxing day murder’s it’s becoming increasingly apparent that we need more love in the world”
The response to ‘Show The People’ has been over-whelming with fans (given the name #Ashteroids by John-Baptiste) calling the song “inspiring,” “inspirational,” “amazing,” “meaningful,” and “brilliant”.
After leaving The X Factor during the live shows, there was a lot of speculation as to why the Cambridge graduate left and the real reason for him walking away from the show.
“Having just left University, I felt like I needed to gain clarity on what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go” says John-Baptiste. “I felt that by leaving the group (sooner rather than later) I gave the boys the best chance to succeed, not only in the competition but also in the music industry.
There is no animosity between John-Baptiste and his former-mates Andy, Charlie and Derry. “We’re still mates and Ashford makes a great addition to the group” says John-Baptiste.
John-Baptiste will also be returning to TV screens around the UK in early 2012 for an exciting project, which is close to his heart and will show more about the man behind the music.
Listen to Show the People How to Love here