Who says you have to fit in a box? American Idol star takes advice with a “Grain of Salt.” Ashley Hess on Jessop’s Journal

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(DOUG JESSOP’S JESSOP’S JOURNAL – ABC4 NEWS – SALT LAKE CITY, UT) In this episode of Jessop’s Journal, I visited with is one of the happiest people I’ve met that sings some pretty sad songs. Ashley Hess is best known for being an alumnus of the hit ABC Television show, American Idol.  

To me music is “poetry set in motion.”  Live music performances have not had a lot of motion lately. I’m blessed to have a nice big megaphone with Jessop’s Journal that might be able to help spread the word about specific professional musicians.

Please note that in addition to this extended interview, I also asked Ashley to perform a three-song-set for an upcoming musical episode of Jessop’s Jukebox. Check back at www.abc4.com/journal for her performance as well as that of other musicians. Talking about musicians, I met Ashley through another musician, Jay Warren. You can watch my Jessop’s Journal and Jessop’s Jukebox interviews with Jay by clicking on the links.

American Idol judges had high praise for Ashley. Katy Perry called her a “bonafide star” and Luke Bryan said she was “world-class” and an “iconic talent.” High praise indeed.

Ashley grew up in the San Francisco Bay area with musically inclined parents. Here’s a trivia question answer…Ashley played the clarinet as a 5th grader.

Her path to fame started doing cover songs on YouTube. Her first performance in front of a live audience was at a place in Provo, Utah called Sammy’s.

She performed a beautiful rendition of a Norah Jones song in her American Idol audition. Yes – I did get her to sing some of that in our interview as well. She did quite well on the national show and then started touring. Then….well, COVID hit and performers all over the world sheltered in place.

One of the things that I love about Ashley Hess is the fact that she told me she didn’t want to sing other people’s song her whole life and so she started writing and performing her own work. I especially liked her new song, “Grain of Salt.”

Just for the record, I did get Ashley to agree on-camera to save me seats when she eventually gets a Grammy.  

I’m not going to give away everything that we talked out. I do want you to watch and then share with someone that enjoys a good story and nice music. You won’t be disappointed.

Everyone has a story. I strongly feel that “stories have power”. Chances are that if you are going through something, that someone else probably has as well. The shared experiences we humans have can help each other. That my friend makes the point that stories “help us understand each other.”

You don’t have to agree with everyone, but in my opinion, if people would take more time getting to knowing more about others and where they are coming from, we just might find out that we have more similarities than differences.

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Jessop’s Journal is something special when it comes to broadcast news. I have the honor of being able to do longer in-depth interviews that you don’t normally see with people from all walks of life. A big shout out goes to my collaborator, Ed Wilets, who does a great job as my videographer/editor for all my stories. Your feedback is always welcome at DJessop@abc4.com

Other episodes of Jessop’s Journal can be seen at www.ABC4.com/Journal and are made possible by the generous support of Rustico, Tailor Cooperative, JW Custom Hats, Ogden’s Own Distillery and XLEAR.

You can also see my positive business profiles called “Utah Success Stories” every Sunday in the ABC4 News at 10 p.m. or online at www.ABC4.com/Success

Everyone has a Story. Stories have Power. They help us Understand each other. With another entry into Jessop’s Journal, I’m Doug Jessop, ABC4 News.

Doug Jessop
For Doug Jessop, it all started with a cassette recorder he got for Christmas when he was 12 years old growing up in Southern California. Doug interviewed relatives, friends and anyone else that might have a good story. You can follow Doug at www.DougJessop.com, on YouTube.com/DougJessop, and @DougJessopNews on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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